Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Sudan government claims that some 200 people died in and around Khartoum. Hardliners who never liked the CPA, and who still reject the concessions it gave the southern rebels of the SPLA, are in the driving seat and organising to crush the rebels. Hundreds of Darfurians have been arrested, all across the north of Sudan, for no better reason than they are Zaghawa, the tribe from which JEM's leadership is drawn.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Chad army helicopter fires rocket near Abeche

Three Chad army helicopters took off at 0530 (GMT) and 0545 from Abeche, in the Sudan border region. One fired rockets before returning to its base, the French source said. The three aircraft, a Mi-171 transport helicopter and two Mi-35 assault helicopters, were each equipped with rocket-launchers, having been moved from the capital Ndjamena to the border region.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A rebel column of 50-100 vehicles left Jebel Moun

A rebel column of 50-100 vehicles left JEM's stronghold in Jebel Moun, opposite Kounoungo, Chad, in West Darfur for the attack in Omdurman.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Chadian Army said to be at Ade on Sudan border

We will fight in Khartoum

JEM deputy chief of staff Suleiman Sandal said the movement had decided to abandon the fight in Darfur and take the battle to the capital.
"We will no longer fight in Darfur and the desert, we will fight in Khartoum," Sandal said, adding that he was speaking from Omdurman.

Monday, May 12, 2008

security forces were still searching for rebels

Sudan has reimposed an indefinite curfew on the western suburb of Omdurman two days after Darfur rebels attacked the capital.

"We have now reimposed the curfew in Omdurman -- it's not known until when," a ministry official said, security forces were still searching for rebels in the area.Police spokesperson told the Sudanese radio that the curfew is re-imposed because some rebels infiltrated some Omdurman neighborhoods.

The leader of Darfur rebels JEM ,Khalid Ibrahim, told the BBC radio and Reuters he was speaking from Omdurman.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

JEM rebels in a suburb of Khartoum

Sudan Officer
JEM rebels in Khartoum, capital of Sudan
Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's failure to stop the rebels reaching Khartoum, his capital, is a blow to both the administration and the prestige of the army. JEM rebels fought Sudanese troops in a suburb of Khartoum. "These forces are Chadian forces originally, they moved from there led by Khalil Ibrahim who is an agent of the Chadian regime. It is a Chadian attack," al-Bashir said. Chadian President Idriss Deby was almost toppled in February by a rebel force that made a lightning attack across Chad from near the Sudanese border. He blamed Omar Hassan al-Bashir, but Sudan denied any involvement. Chad's former colonial power France swung behind Deby when he was attacked earlier this year and remains his main backer.

France has a big component in the European Union's Eufor force near Chad's border with Darfur, which is meant to protect refugees and aid workers.
Jean-Marie Guehenno, the French head of UN peacekeeping operations warned that a reported proxy war between Sudan and Chad through rebel groups on each side of their border threatened to destabilize the region and could lead to a wider conflict.
If the Khartoum government survives, it could mean more support for the Chadian rebels to make another push against Deby.
Regardless of whether the rebels succeed in overthrowing the government, the psychological importance of the attack is huge. Khartoum has been able to live isolated from violence for decades while the Arab-dominated central government's forces have battled rebels from the regions on the peripheries of the vast state.For the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebels, it is a boost for their credibility at a time Darfur rebel movements are increasingly fractured.