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Mali’s jihadists transported to Darfur – JEM


February 12, 2013 (LONDON) - The Sudanese government may have evacuated Malian jihadists to North Darfur from a foreign country, according to a leading rebel official from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

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Militiaman from the Ansar Dine Islamic grou ride on a vehicle at Kidal in northeastern Mali on June 16, 2013 (Reuters)

Tahir El-Faki, speaker of JEM’s Legislative Assembly reiterated that the Malian jihadist groups are in Darfur region after a large-scale military operation carried out by the French and Malian armies against their positions in northern Mali earlier this month.

"On Monday our people on the ground noticed their presence in Um Sidr in North Darfur state and some areas near Kutum ", El-Faki told Sudan Tribune.

However, he expressed some reservations about reports saying they had entered into Darfur through the Libyan border as JEM’s people at Jebel Um Al Owainat on the border with Libya did not see any vehicle crossing to Sudan recently.

"So, saying they came through Libya is not accurate, unless they were transported by helicopters or other aircrafts from Kuffra in Libya to Kutum in North Darfur", he concluded.

El-Faki who was in Paris leading a JEM delegation for talks with French officials said they warned France about the presence of these jihadists in western Sudan, adding that Khartoum may seek in the near future to handover some of them.

The "Sudanese government may deliver some of them to Western countries and demand a reward", he said. "But maybe they also plan to use them to control areas of Golo and Kutum and force the indigenous population to leave their land in Jebel Marra", he added.

The Sudanese army is fighting the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement – Abdel Wahid (SLM-AW) in Jaldo and Golo, which have been held by the rebel group since December 2012.

Different reports circulate about the fate of the Jihadist groups whose leaders have vanished with no information about their whereabouts.

Le Temps d’Algérie, a daily French-language Algerian newspaper suggested that Qatar had dispatched two airplanes to move the leaders of different jihadist groups, many of whom are Algerians.

"This information has been circulating recently" said the director of the French Centre for Research on Intelligence (CF2R), Eric Denécé, in statements published by the Algerian daily on 5 February.

Faki underscored that the Islamists who are arrived in North Darfur are from different countries including Mali, Niger and Chad and other foreigners. He added that some of them had been already present in Darfur before moving to Mali last year.

Sudanese and French governments have not react publicly to the statements made by the rebel groups on the presence of the Malian rebels.

During their visit to Paris the JEM delegation explained to the French government, political parties and civil society groups its positions on the different developments in the country. They also held a meeting with the members of the Sudanese community in the French capital.


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  • 12 February 2013 10:00, by william mawien

    Sudan is a land of terrorist
    if the the top commander of saf militia is a terrorist what will prevent the jahadist militan group from intering sudan yet bashir sent them to go and loot malian oil after losing south sudan

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    • 12 February 2013 12:11, by sudani ana

      Is stupidity the main disease in South Sudan? where do these idiots who comment here come from? How can Bashir send fighters to Mali to loot their oil? Would they bring it to Sudan in buckets? or hide it in their pockets. We don’t have borders with Mali get it?

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      • 12 February 2013 12:44, by aguotwany@live.com

        Sudani, and Soldier , why are you denied the allegation of your government sending Jahdists to Mali after you failed from succeeding spreading Islamic in Sudan and South split. Yes your government searching for more spreading terrorists mission and looting foreign country as done in South, Sudan. You are known supporting of terrorists as you brought Osama in 1991. Time has arrived idiots.

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      • 12 February 2013 13:17, by Rezingving monynok

        hey crab funky Sudani ana
        you are really fucking fool , who is now trying to hide these from being known , is n`t it your terrorism system in Khartoum , it is known from the different sources how these terrorist been facilitated up to where there in now , it is you who is sleeping crab, there is nothing new with as you are already known ,

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    • 12 February 2013 13:02, by Bentiu Elite

      SUDANESE are TERRORIST that USA do not have good UNDERSTANDING of; I fear another 9/11 may be planned from SUDAN.

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  • 12 February 2013 12:37, by Panthou

    Bashiir, from war crime to war business. So, that’s what you’re planning to do with the Malian confused jihadist. I gree with you this time Bashiir! Collect them all n hand them over the west so, that you get some bribe. Or SPLA will come n collect you all n send you the west for free.

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    • 12 February 2013 12:57, by Peter Mading

      The reports from JEM spokesman may be true because the islamist want to terrorised the whole world to believe in their allah. South Sudan is an enemy of islamists and a block that make spread of jihadism impassible to the rest of Africa. West africa should now wake up. Niger, Northern part of Nigeria, Tunisa, Morroco, Smallest Country (Gambia),Sera leon, etc are 80% Islamised.

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  • 12 February 2013 16:04, by akoonapg

    Who ever this guy is, speaking for JEM is a smart guy, he also knows that if Malian terrorist were suspected to be in Sudan, this could easily be the end of Bashir.
    Bashir is nothing but a slave for the Westerners, that’s why when the Muslim idiots in Sudan had a riots they burned the German Embassy instead of the US Embassy, because they know not to mess with the USA.

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    • 12 February 2013 21:46, by ViVa Sudan

      Pointless Southerns INsects do somthing 4 u own ppl instead of fighting in this board usless

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  • 13 February 2013 03:34, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Mali connection is very Hugh, those Malians Terrorist Tuerag are the formers children of the slave trade in North Africa. They would still people across Africa and sold them on routes to Middle East, Europe markets. Sudanese need to wake up,drive formers slave trade terrorist out of Africa. They are getting a chance to weak leadership in south now; that why SPLA/M wanted to liberated whole Sudan.

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