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Sudan army claims new gains near rebel stronghold in Blue Nile state

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October 20, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on Thursday said it managed to take over a town close to the rebel stronghold in the Blue Nile state which borders Ethiopia and South Sudan.

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Sudanese army spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad (Reuters)

The state was the scene of fighting two months ago between SAF and forces from the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), led by then-governor Malik Agar, who was later sacked by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir under his constitutional powers to impose emergency laws.

Agar accused SAF of firing on his convoy and thus triggering the fighting between the two sides. The SPLM-N was flushed out of most of the state in the fighting that ensued and is now believed to be confined to the town of Al-Kurmuk ever since.

SAF spokesperson Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad was quoted by Sudan official news agency (SUNA) as saying that they have driven out SPLM-N forces from the town of Sali which lies 9 kilometers north of Al-Kurmuk.

Sa’ad said that the 12-hour battle took place on Wednesday and lasted till early hours of Thursday adding that SPLM-N used all its tanks and artillery to defend its camp in the area.

But a SPLM-N spokesman told Reuters that fighting was still going on there, saying "SPLA forces have not been driven away from the area."

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  • 21 October 2011 10:19, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Fighting is like footbal match where one can tell that he today defeated, but tomorrow will be different thing.

    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 21 October 2011 12:30, by Chier Akueny

      It is ridiculous, for Sudan army to keep fighting while talking which shows that they are really growing weaker and weaker. If really that they are stronger, then they would not keep making noise. Those are the characteristics of cowardices.

      Best

      Chier Akueny

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      • 21 October 2011 18:20, by SSLA supporter

        Look at the humiliation we are getting as a country by associating the name of our national army with the Garang’s weak and underequipped militia called SPLA. Three defeats in a row!! what happened to that ridicules militia? Where is the 40% of the GoSS budget Mariaal Benjamin used to deceive Southern Sudanese to have been given to army in order to improve the security in RoSS!

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  • 21 October 2011 18:42, by SSLA supporter

    I would like to thank Sudan tribune with bottom of my heart for coming back to its senses and allow comments to be seen on spot by the commentators!! All the NOs are welcome but make sure to differentiate between liberty and abuse!!

    At the same time,I would also like to advise my dear commentators to respect one another’s opinions on any controversial issue no matter what!!

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  • 21 October 2011 20:18, by Marco A. Wek

    I would like to thank Sudantribune for laying down rules of commenting and I hope you will continue to watch on those who take commenting to unwanted levels.

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  • 21 October 2011 21:54, by SSLA supporter

    NCP and SPLM must not waste Sudanese lives and resources fighting their nonsense wars!! You battled one another for 21 years without any clear winner until you were rescued by the CPA!! Your ridicules differences resulted into enormous loss of innocent lives and the division of what used to be the largest country in our black continent, into two weak countries. What else do you want?

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    • 21 October 2011 22:57, by agwait majok

      This time sudanese army and SPLM N they are like retire. at this time there battled army coming up. In twenty one year there is on winner but today it seem to be a winner. what I have to say to citizen of sudan keep go head don’t for give. Mohammed Gaddafi is die nxet is bashier. all Africs arab leader are gone.It change coming in north Africa.

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