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Sudan army closing in on a rebel-controlled area: sources


May 4, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) has completely surrounded the district of Abu Kershola that was overrun by rebels from the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) last week, well-placed sources in the South Kordofan government said.

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Displaced Sudanese people from the district of Abu Kershola arrive on 29 April in the North Kordofan town of El Rahad (EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP/Getty Images)

The army expects to assert control over the town in the coming hours, the sources said, before adding that the SAF is eyeing Kauda, a rebel stronghold since the conflict broke out in South Kordofan almost two years ago.

Kauda is located 92 kilometres to the east of South Kordofan’s state capital of Kadugli.

A week ago, the SRF, which includes the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), along with several Darfur rebel groups, launched a major offensive most notably in Um Rawaba, the second-largest town in North Kordofan state, during coordinated attacks on several nearby areas.

In the past, the rebels’ military activity was generally confined to the Darfur region, as well as the border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. The only exception was in 2008 when the Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) attacked Sudan’s twin capital of Omdurman.

The Sudanese government has come under fire from citizens of Um Rawaba who accused it of negligence and leaving the area exposed. There have also been mounting calls for the defence minister, Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, to resign over his handling of the matter, even from pro-government lawmakers.

In an interview published on Saturday in pro-government al-Rayaam daily, Hussein said that the SAF was compelled to fight in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile because the SPLM-N is unwilling to agree to peace in these two areas.

The defence minister stressed that the government only resorted to war as it had no other options, pointing out that war is the last and worst stage of diplomacy.

The top military official also addressed criticisms of his performance and allegations that he remains in his post, despite numerous failures, because of his relationship with president Omer Hassan al-Bashir.

“Anyone who does not accept criticism will never be a leader”, he said.

“My relationship with the president is purely without ulterior motives, a brotherhood relationship, regardless of whether or not he was president”, Hussein added.

It’s not the first time Hussein has faced pressure to step down from his position.

In 2012, following the fall of the oil-rich town of Heglig at the hands of the South Sudanese army (SPLA), the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) bloc in parliament called on the presidency to relieve the defence minister of his duties for failing to foresee the invasion of the area which produces half of Sudan’s crude output.

Critics also note JEM’s surprise attack on the capital, which rattled the army at the time despite government forces quickly repulsing it.

It was reported that Bashir swiftly rejected calls that he sack Hussein, telling members of his party that it is a “red line”. Like Bashir, Hussein has also been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes in Sudan’s western Darfur region.


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  • 5 May 2013 04:03, by South South

    Northern Sudanese, Soldier, Mohammed Ali 2 and the rest of penguins,
    Allah, Mohammed, shit, mommy daddy, a little children, women, UN, human rights and all other shit will do nothing to stop your death. It is your time to die. Bring in Allah or Mohammed but you will still die penguins.

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    • 5 May 2013 06:34, by master

      South monkey
      cow lover shut up your latrine
      Allah is great so the kind of creatures like you havn’t ability to know allah
      enjoy your poor live here and stop raving

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      • 5 May 2013 14:05, by South South

        You make my day penguin. When you are crying and mad, it makes my day go on very well. Yes, Allah or Mohammed can not stop your dying this time. SPLM/N is fucking fake Arabs in every corner of Sudan. By the way I do believe in GOD only, something called Allah is shit and was made up by the criminal called Mohammed who married his adopt mother Kadija who was old enough to be his mother.

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    • 5 May 2013 08:35, by Mohammed Ali 2

      SS,well you are not telling us anything more than that you are a brainwashed ignorant with only wrotten garbage in his skull.Innocent pple are dying for the dreams of Arman, Agar,Al Hilue and the likes who dream of ruling-to-loooooote like their commerades in the SPLA.If they have a single cell in their brain tissue they should understand that they will achieve nothing by killing innocent civilian

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      • 5 May 2013 14:10, by South South

        Mohammed Ali 2,
        Fake Black Arabs are not innocent people, no, they are not. How many black people had been killed in South Sudan, Darfur, Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile and Eastern Sudan ? Million of people. Now you are tasting death and you start talking about UN, human Rights , innocent people, Allah, Mohammed, shit, because the war is inside Fake Arabs families. Your suffering is good for

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    • 5 May 2013 15:11, by Oppressor


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      • 5 May 2013 16:14, by South South

        I have not understood anything from you. Can ask someone to write for you in English ? Iam waiting.

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        • 5 May 2013 17:59, by Oppressor

          South monkey how come u want an insect like u to understand English language... hahahaha really inane puppet hahahaa..

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    • 5 May 2013 18:37, by Oppressor

      Sooner we will see such scamp cowards fighters from SPLAMN:

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    • 5 May 2013 20:32, by Oppressor

      South Big Mouth what u feel when u hear this :

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  • 5 May 2013 09:06, by Jalaby

    As expected, the rats are trapped inside Abu Kershola now, let criminal Al-Hilu who sent them to terrorize, kill, loot, sabotage and displace unarmed civilians to come and rescue them!!
    The support from the south is no longer available, and their ammunition and food they looted from civilians will soon run out where shall rats run afterward?

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    • 5 May 2013 09:15, by Jalaby

      Although I was disagree with the governor of S Kordofan, Ahmed Haroun when he asked SAF to clean the area from the rebels and to bring nobody alive but now and after I saw how the rebels killed the civilians with no mercy in Abu Kershola I can understand why Mr. Haroun said that:

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      • 5 May 2013 14:14, by South South

        Your are right, there is no support from South Sudan to SPLM/N, but they still fucking Fake Arabs and war moves deep inside Fake Arab Families, sweet. SPLM/N will not and can not be left alone, they have very good friends like Uganda and Israel. Killing Fake Arabs is good to me.

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    • 5 May 2013 13:16, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Jalaby,since the south has no support this time incase of any defeat from the side of SPLM-N what will be next?or else El-obeid will fall under the SPLM-N.

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  • 5 May 2013 09:47, by ForAll

    True Muslims will not reply with obscene language.
    True Muslims are behind safety and security for all.
    True Muslims will not be happy for sufferings of innocent civilians of Abu Kershola.
    The SUDANESE citizens of Abu Kershola are the original Sudanese same as Red Indians of North America.
    Let’s bury the Hated and Blind Tribalism and concentrate in peace and brotherhood.

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  • 5 May 2013 12:55, by chol

    Warning to those who follow Islam are going hell.believe or not that’s your destined.

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    • 5 May 2013 13:31, by ForAll

      You BETTER choose to talk very close to your close brothers the SATANS as well stated in the holy Tourette, holy Bible and holy QUR’AN

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