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Sudan, JEM rebels release conflicting statements over fresh clashes in S. Kordofan


July 23, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — The rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) claims that its troops have captured three different positions in the war-torn state of South Kordofan. This is in direct contrast to a statement from the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) who say they repelled the assailants.

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FILE - An armoured column of JEM vehicles drive in Darfur region (Reuters)

Sudan two days ago said it bombed a column of 105 JEM military vehicles after their entry into Sudanese territory from South Sudan. Sudan’s spokesperson of their negotiating delegation in Addis Ababa said the JEM vehicles had crossed into South Darfur and South Kordofan.

Juba quickly denied the accusation as it could be considered a breach of a UN resolution demanding the two parties stop supporting rebel groups in each others’ territory and reach a comprehensive agreement before 2 August. South Sudan claims SAF bombed its Northern Bahr El Ghazal State on Friday, attacking civilians not JEM rebels.

JEM also denied they were bombarded by SAF or being in South Sudan. The rebel group said it did not intend to hamper international efforts to settle the conflict between the two countries.

However, the rebel group announced on Monday the seizure of three positions in South Kordofan, including a location not far from the Abu Jabrah oil field, in the west of the troubled state where the Sudanese army are fighting the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N).

"JEM and SLM Unity (of Abdallah Yahyia) succeeded today, July 23rd 2012, to liberate the Towns of Tabun, Karkade and Tabaldi Oil Field, South Kordofan", said JEM military spokesperson Badawi Moussa Alsakin.

"SAF and their allied militias have been driven out of these bases altogether", the rebel official added.

JEM spokesperson, Gibreel Adam Bilal, told Sudan Tribune they attacked Karkade first, followed by Tabaldi and finally stormed the government troops in Tabun where the fight ended at 5:00pm local time when the Sudanese army fled the area.

JEM said they captured 26 armoured vehicles, 10 transport trucks in addition to their entire military and logistical supplies.

Late on Monday night, SAF’s spokesperson issued a statement saying that the rebels attacked Karkade and Um Showaikah of South Darfur. He further added that the fleeing rebels attacked Tabun and shelled it but the army repelled them.

Al-Swarmi Khalid added that the army destroyed 25 vehicles and killed over 50 rebels, pointing out that many other injured fighters were transported in big trucks to South Sudan for medical treatment.

Mutrif Siddiq, a member of the Sudanese negotiating team in Addis Ababa reiterated Khartoum accusations against Juba, wondering why the South Sudanese government allowed the rebels, who were based 80 kilometres from the Sudanese border, to attack the Sudanese army at this time.

Asked about the Sudanese accusations, JEM spokesperson, Gibreel Adam Bilal, emphasised that they did not come from South Sudan as alleged but they crossed from North Darfur where their troops are based.

The escalation of violence between the Sudanese government and JEM rebels in South Kordofan comes as the African Union announced the start of talks over humanitarian access in South Kordofan and Blue Nile between Khartoum and SPLM-N.

JEM and the other Darfur rebel groups have not been involved in any peace process since the end of Doha talks in July 2011. The rebel group, however, can resume discussions to join the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).

The SPLM-N and the other rebel groups speak about an inclusive process to negotiate the situation in South Kordofan, Darfur and Blue Nile. However, Khartoum rejects such an approach and the international community and is pushing the SPLM-N to hold separate talks as provided in the resolution 2046.

Darfur’s conflict began in 2003 but the conflicts in South Kordofan and Blue Nile flared up in 2011 as SPLM led South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July 2011 leaving the SPLM-N north of the border and without the 2005 peace agreement being fully implemented. Fighting was triggered when SAF attempted to disarm the SPLM-N and by a controversial election in South Kordofan in April 2011.

The SPLM-N formed the Sudan Revolutionary Forces (SRF) with JEM and the Minni Minawi and Abdul Wahed factions of the Sudan Liberation Army in 2011 after a framework agreement between between the SPLM-N and and the Sudanese government was rejected by Khartoum.

African mediators believe that the resolution of the humanitarian access issue in South Kordofan and Blue Nile should pave the way for political talks.

Efforts are exerted in a parallel manner to find a common ground to reconcile the position of the two sides over the framework agreement of 28 June 2011 that Khartoum rejected.

JEM rebels believe they should not be pushed aside in the step-by step diplomacy to resolve the overlapping conflicts.


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  • 24 July 2012 07:17, by Aaban

    Keep denying but we will drink in Khartoum very soon. God is great.

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    • 24 July 2012 07:50, by laatmachol apac

      JEM and SPLM-North

      thanks for your wonderful achievment, SAF forces were strong when some black south sudanese who does not understand the aim of SPLA/SPLM struggle and those who were addicted to money and those who have not experience harsh life like those of Bashir discendant who are ranking without dodging bullet from other warrior.act accordingly,your voice will heard by Jesus not Allah.

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    • 24 July 2012 08:51, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Why any defeat to Sudan by JEM,Khartoum are very quick in acusing Juba of,the propaganda Sudan are playing on Juba the world should be aware of this,their weak South Sudan Militias they are supporting when they are fighting ROSS govt you see Khartoum is very quite of it,bravo JEM victory is very sure.


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    • 24 July 2012 15:41, by zulu

      That is right Aaban. NCP no longer has the money to support an effective army. their last resort is the plane and the cluster bombs. Soon, all of these will be outdated.
      Bravo JEM.

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    • 24 July 2012 18:22, by mohammed ali

      Aaban, you know you will never come anywhere closer to Khartoum. Neither do those who pushed you to war will ever come closer to Khartoum! Wheather you know or you don’t know, the SPLA thieves are abusing you as a bargaining chip on the negotiating table. They will discard you very soon, because now they are under intense pressure as their economy is on the vergre of collapse....con

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      • 25 July 2012 00:36, by zulu

        They were in Khartoum. Which never are you talking about?

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  • 24 July 2012 07:20, by Madina Tonj

    Thanks JEM and SPLA North for kicking SAF out in those areas. Khartoum regime thought peaceful will make them loss, this is why every time when there is a commitment made by SPLM of South Sudan to end conflict then, the National criminal Party [NCP] told SAF airforce to make bombardment on Southern Sudanese people and their territorties. The Khartoum regime is about to go for sure mark that

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    • 24 July 2012 13:02, by Augustino Ambros

      Yep man! We have to thank them (JEM) SPLA/M North for their activities.
      By kicking off those cockroaches right there,
      so congratulation.

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      • 24 July 2012 14:54, by peter

        Bravo JEM

        Shown them what you have ,
        Omer is almost runing leaving for you Guys the Power ,
        we need to see Changes in Khartuom ,where is Mohammed Ali today ,Idint read his comments today or he been killed durning that Attack,

        thanks God Bless JEM Fighter

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  • 24 July 2012 07:31, by Madina Tonj

    I think both Sudan regime and SYRIA regime are about to make exiting and the real question is, where they will go? Omar al Bashir will run to North Africa we know that and Syria president will go nowhere in this world but to die in there Syria nation. Northern Sudanese oppositions will soon quit the regime, because this Omar al Bashir had already lost mind and creditability to lead North Sudan.

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  • 24 July 2012 08:31, by Joseph Canada

    Great Job JEM/SPLA-N/SRF!!

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  • 24 July 2012 11:25, by Anti Dinka’s

    Good job "JEM" excellence move Khartoum do understand your power and your determination Not to surrender to an Iranian Government in Khartoum "JEM" is the only rebels movement that reached Omdurman/Khartoum in the entire history of sudan

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  • 24 July 2012 12:58, by Northern Sudanese

    come on guys , these guys once they were in control of khartoum state while their men were being finished just in the neighbouring town of Omdurman XD , these guys even said that a western plane killed their leader XD

    why the hell would a western army support sudan army? wasn’t it france which supported the rebels? the rebels deny everything!

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  • 25 July 2012 00:15, by panom lualbil

    Those coward black arabs of Darfur, Blue Nile and Kordofan are equal to spla who fought north years ago but they wont make any negative effect against khartoum, why ? When spla declared war against khartoum, they immediately began capturing big cities till they fulled off b4 JUBA when millitias by RIEK attacked dinka’s civilians. But the war by spla was a pain in OMER’s ass but not of coward JEM.

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