Thursday, February 26, 2004

Sudan: Darfur rebels taking their fight elsewhere?

Two Darfur rebel groups say they have opened a new front ... taking the fight away from Darfur and to other parts of the country ...
"Two days ago we attacked government forces in their camp about 100 kms (60 miles) north of El-Obeid," [SLA leader Abdel Wahed Mohamed Ahmed al-Nur] said, referring to the capital of Northern Kordofan state, which borders Darfur.

... "If there's no peace in Darfur there'll not be peace in any part of Sudan," Nur told Reuters from the Darfur region.

... Khalil Ibrahim, leader of the other rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), said his movement had launched a failed offensive to take Southern Kordofan state 45 days ago.

"The government defeated us and arrested 161 of our men," he told Reuters from his Paris base. "We kept this secret to protect the men in prison, but they killed four of them until now so we are announcing it."
SLA = Sudan Liberation Army