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Sudan accuses Juba’s army as rebels say captured two strategic areas

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February 26, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Heavy clashes erupted on Sunday between allied Sudanese insurgents and government forces along the borders with neighboring South Sudan, triggering a diplomatic and military fallout between Khartoum and Juba.

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Soldiers of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s northern arm (SPLM) drive through South Kordofan in 2011 (AFP)

The Sudan Revolutionary Forces (SRF), an alliance of rebel groups including the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) and the Darfur rebels Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), the Sudan Liberation Movement of Abdel Wahid Nur (SLM-AW), and the Sudan Liberation Movement of Minni Arkoi Minnawi (SLM-MM), announced the battles in a statement released Sunday.

SRF’s spokesperson Abu Elgasim al-Haj announced that a joint force of SPLM-N and JEM took control of Jau town and Toroge area in South Kordofan where as many as 6,000 Sudanese army soldiers and officers had incurred heavy losses in lives and equipment.

According to SRF’s statement, the rebels’ spoils included three tanks, more than 300 Dushka, heavy Russian machine guns, and 140 vehicles, many of which laden with ammunition and small arms.

In a separate statement, the SPLM-N’s spokesperson, Arnu Ngutulu Lodi, said that this operation was the first warning to Khartoum’s government and that other victories would follow in the near future and on a number of fronts.

JEM’s spokesman, Gibril Adam Bilal confirmed in a phone call with Sudan Tribune on Sunday night that their forces gained control of Toroge, and they would keep moving northward. Bilal said that their next military operations would witness the participation of SLM-AW and SLM-MM troops and warned Khartoum of more strikes in the coming days.

The SRF was established in November last year with the goal of toppling the Sudanese government in Khartoum which repeatedly accuses South Sudan of supporting the rebels. Juba, which shares a history of joint armed struggle with the SPLMN before South Sudan’s independence in July last year, denies the charge.

Meanwhile in Khartoum, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) has confirmed the clashes but countered rebels’ claims of victory.

SAF’s official spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad said in statements reported on Sunday by the country’s official news agency (SUNA) that their forces had repulsed the "treacherous" attack he accused South Sudan of executing in collaboration with the rebels.

The army spokesman also claimed that their forces had inflicted heavy losses on the rebels but he gave no figures.

In another statement, SAF accused South Sudan’s army known as the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) of penetrating into Sudanese territories. The army charged that Juba was still maintaining its relations with the rebels and continues to provide them with financial and logistical support.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese ministry of foreign affairs has launched a diplomatic tirade against Juba. In a statement released Sunday, the ministry accused Juba of supporting the rebels and announced its determination to file another complaint to the UN Security Council and the African Union.

The statement said that Sudan reserves its right to retaliate against the attack and defend the integrity of its territories.

The ministry noted that the new attacks happened two weeks after Khartoum and Juba signed an agreement of non-aggression in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The non-aggression deal was signed under AU mediation after tension and talk of war rose dramatically between Khartoum and Juba against the background of a failure to resolve a bitter dispute over transporting South Sudan’s oil via Sudan.

The ministry also announced that it intends to summon foreign diplomats in Khartoum on Monday in order to brief them on the recent developments. The statement accused Juba not only of supporting the rebels but also of arranging to unite them. It added that what South Sudan did was a flagrant attempt to undermine security and stability in Sudan.

Furthermore, the statement accused Juba of creating an additional SPLA base in the Mang area of Unity State under the supervision of the state’s governor Taban Deng. The ministry also said that the SPLA had begun to gather Darfur rebel groups in the Mang and Fariang areas in Unity State.

Meanwhile, South Sudan’s army said it clashed with SAF forces in Jau and announced that its forces had captured the disputed town.

Jau town is a disputed territory on the borders between Unity State in South Sudan and South Kordofan in Sudan. The town was attacked several times by Sudan’s army and last year it witnessed the first military confrontation between clashes Sudan and South Sudan since the latter seceded.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July last year as part of a 2005 deal that ended decades of civil wars between the two sides. However, their relations remain tense over a host of issues including borders and oil.

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  • 27 February 2012 09:22, by Don P

    Bravo!! the clock has now started ticking for Omar Bashir.

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  • 27 February 2012 09:27, by mohammed ali

    ((SRF’s spokesperson Abu Elgasim al-Haj announced that a joint force of SPLM-N and JEM took control of Jau town and Toroge area in South Kordofan where as many as)) Now Jau is in South Kordufan!

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    • 27 February 2012 09:38, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      mohammed ali
      Don’t wast your time in Australia man just come and joint Africans to fight imperialism and stop your blind layolism to the criminal persident,
      it is a shame Mohammed ali for educated person like you to relay behind the person who killed his own people, i was wondering shouldn’t you well educated guys from north take over from criminal like bashir,

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    • 27 February 2012 15:10, by Paul Ongee

      Good job,

      Act first then dance later. Omer Hassan Al-Bashir dances first and acts later only to lower his HBP whether in a public rally or front line.

      Omer Hassan Al-Bashir loves to demarcate N-S border through the barrel of a gun since the current climate is closer to war than peace.

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      • 27 February 2012 15:24, by Paul Ongee

        Jalaba & Mohamed Ali,

        I like this statement, What about yo " the SPLM-N’s spokesperson, Arnu Ngutulu Lodi, said that this operation was the first warning to Khartoum’s government and that other victories would follow in the near future and on a number of fronts."

        The plane that took off last night were carrying the families of the ruling elite, NCP. More are expected to leave Khartoum tonight.

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        • 27 February 2012 15:25, by Paul Ongee

          Jalaba & Mohamed Ali,

          I like this statement, What about yo " the SPLM-N’s spokesperson, Arnu Ngutulu Lodi, said that this operation was the first warning to Khartoum’s government and that other victories would follow in the near future and on a number of fronts."

          The plane that took off last night were carrying the families of the ruling elite, NCP. More are expected to leave Khartoum tonight.

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    • 27 February 2012 16:31, by Sundayw

      Jau is in South proper. Don’t get it twisted up. SPLA forces had no hand in what happened. It is the marginalized forces who undertook this heroic operation against occupying forces of racist criminal Bashir regime. He is the only head of state who has an arrest warrant out for him. He will die in Hague or in the hands of popular uprising; either way Sudan will be saved from further disintegration

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  • 27 February 2012 09:31, by mogokafi

    SRF Oyeeeeeeeeeee, SPLAS and SPLASS Oyeeeeeeeeeeee. The victory is ours.

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    • 29 February 2012 03:59, by Kurnyel

      there is no SPLASS in our territory please redefine where did you come up with SPLASS? Fuck your lips here alright

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  • 27 February 2012 09:37, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Khartoum always when defeated is full of barking like dogs,please be aware you are the causer of the current war in south Kordofan and Blue Nile,Juba was not there please solve your home problem.

    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 27 February 2012 10:49, by danbaziel

    Sudan tribune must check this article. How come the same media presented two conflicting news pieces at once. If it is SPLA that captured jau then be it. when did Jau belong to khordufan? wasn’t it the same Sudan tribune that reported the capturing of Jau by SAF last year? There is a need for thorough news editing and weighing of political ramifications of your journalistic writings. Shame on you!

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    • 27 February 2012 13:53, by pabaak

      I think part of jau is in South Kordofan and other part is in South Sudan, so when South Sudan say of recapturing Jaw, it mean the part that lay within South Sudan territory. while the SRF can claim capturing the part belong to South Kordofan border.

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  • 27 February 2012 13:08, by Tamongali

    my advice if Sudan is not stable South Sudan will never be stable.let all work for peace and harmony.Don’t support rebels of both side.

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  • 27 February 2012 14:49, by Letigolight

    If this offensive was from a powerless group, the world would have been bombarded with all forms of threat from Khartoum, but since this is the powerful alliance of the SRF and the mighty SPLA within Jau area, Bashir now urinates in his pants and runs to the UNSC and AU to acuse Juba for defending South Sudan territory!!!!

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  • 27 February 2012 17:20, by James Maker Akok

    North Sudan is a one who cause the problems on the South Sudan.

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    • 28 February 2012 02:40, by Kurnyel

      SPLA and SPL/Nth deserves millions congratulations. SPLA Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee New Sudan Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. That is a lesson Bashir and his damn guys can hear, may almighty God keep the souls of fallen Africans heros in the north who are fighting for their freedom?

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  • 28 February 2012 06:49, by BM Bol

    This is great. Watch how these lunatics are going to react. They have been allured into suicidal war and they act on like a baby jackal.

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  • 28 February 2012 07:18, by mogokafi

    The NCP top leaders’ accusation on Juba is a complete fibrications. First, Jaw is a South Sudan’s territory and Sudan Army Forces (SAF) invaded as they did in Abeyi a year ago. Secondly, the Sudan Revolutionarity Forces (SRF fought in Toroji, Bram, and Al-Lihamer in the Nuba Mountains State and not in Jaw and their NCP should get that right.

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