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July 11, 2012
12:40 // 1 year ago
April 24, 2012
Sudan, South Sudan move closer to war: South Sudanese leader Salva Kiir (shown above), in China to meet with President Hu Jintao, said Tuesday that his country’s “neighbour in Khartoum has declared war on the Republic of South Sudan.” This follows a comment by Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir last week that suggested they would crush the “insect” government to the south. The two countries — as a country, South Sudan is less than a year old — are locked in a deadly battle over a contested border, augmented by concerns over the valuable oil supply in the region. (photo by Phil Moore/AFP; EDIT: Removed use of phrase “civil war,” which was accidental. Apologies.)

Sudan, South Sudan move closer to war: South Sudanese leader Salva Kiir (shown above), in China to meet with President Hu Jintao, said Tuesday that his country’s “neighbour in Khartoum has declared war on the Republic of South Sudan.” This follows a comment by Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir last week that suggested they would crush the “insect” government to the south. The two countries — as a country, South Sudan is less than a year old — are locked in a deadly battle over a contested border, augmented by concerns over the valuable oil supply in the region. (photo by Phil Moore/AFP; EDIT: Removed use of phrase “civil war,” which was accidental. Apologies.)

10:54 // 1 year ago
April 12, 2012

Sudan, South Sudan in bitter battle over oilfield near border

Tensions rise between north and south: South Sudan took over a contested oilfield Tuesday, and said they would not leave the region until their northern neighbor, who they split from last July, stopped its attacks on the newly-formed nation. The oilfield is strategically important — it produces half of Sudan’s oil exports, and South Sudan claims it’s theirs. Many of the conflicts of late between the countries have come in part due to ill-defined borders, and this is just one example. As for the current situation South Kordofan Governor Ahmed Haroun said that crude oil production at Heglig, the site of the occupation. ”Our army is dealing with the situation. We hope we can finish that operation in hours,” Haroun said.  source

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10:13 // 2 years ago
December 27, 2011
10:25 // 2 years ago
December 25, 2011
Sudan state radio: Khalil Ibrahim, top rebel army leader, killed: Ibrahim, the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement in the country, was considered one of the strongest rebel leaders in Darfur, and his death complicates an ongoing civil war in the region. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Sudan state radio: Khalil Ibrahim, top rebel army leader, killed: Ibrahim, the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement in the country, was considered one of the strongest rebel leaders in Darfur, and his death complicates an ongoing civil war in the region. source

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20:45 // 2 years ago
November 10, 2011

Sudanese military attacks refugee camp in newly-formed South Sudan

  • 12 killed after a Sudanese military plane bombed South Sudan source

» A bad harbinger? Months after Sudan split in two, the attack on a South Sudanese refugee camp — filled with many fleeing from Sudan proper — could prove dangerous to the fragile new nation. The two countries have a long, troubled history together, with the most recent civil war (which led to the split earlier this year) ending in 2005 after 22 years. ”Whatever allegations Khartoum labels against the Republic of South Sudan are baseless, but intended to justify his pending invasion of the south,” said Salva Kiir, South Sudan’s first president, who says that while peaceful solutions are best, “we will never allow our sovereignty to be violated by anybody.”

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10:57 // 2 years ago
July 9, 2011
PJ Crowley’s take on South Sudan’s birth is a very astute one.

PJ Crowley’s take on South Sudan’s birth is a very astute one.

11:46 // 2 years ago
Greetings to South Sudan, world’s newest country: A transition years in the making, the country of South Sudan ended years of constant war with the north a few years back and became a country of its own after voting on it democratically six months ago. Amid all the unrest in the world, this is a great thing to see — especially since the leader of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, made an appearance at the ceremonies to give his blessings. Above is a photo by NBA star Luol Deng, who is from the South Sudanese region, watching history happen. It certainly makes the lockout his league is in the midst of seem plainly insignificant. High-fives all around to the democratic process that made this possible.

Greetings to South Sudan, world’s newest country: A transition years in the making, the country of South Sudan ended years of constant war with the north a few years back and became a country of its own after voting on it democratically six months ago. Amid all the unrest in the world, this is a great thing to see — especially since the leader of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, made an appearance at the ceremonies to give his blessings. Above is a photo by NBA star Luol Deng, who is from the South Sudanese region, watching history happen. It certainly makes the lockout his league is in the midst of seem plainly insignificant. High-fives all around to the democratic process that made this possible.

11:36 // 2 years ago
May 20, 2011
newsflick:

Kuma Garadayat, Sudan: Women and children flee from a fire. (Reuters)

newsflick:

Kuma Garadayat, Sudan: Women and children flee from a fire. (Reuters)

11:52 // 2 years ago
April 24, 2011
newsflick:

South Sudan army kills 55 fighters in clashes

At least 55 fighters were killed when south Sudan’s army clashed with a rebel group in Jonglei State, a state minister said on Sunday, the latest in a wave of violence across the territory ahead of its independence in July.
Scores of troops and civilians were injured in the clashes on Saturday, Peter Lam Both, Upper Nile State information minister, said.
The southern army (SPLA) clashed with forces loyal to renegade army commander Gabriel Tang during what was meant to be the reintegration of his forces into south Sudan’s army, Both said.
“We understand that on the side of [Tang’s forces] 55 were killed including five of his generals,” Both told Reuters, adding his information had come from the south Sudan army.
“We don’t have reports of those killed from the SPLA and civilian sides but the [overall] death toll must be much higher,” he said.
The minister said Malakal, the state capital, had received 34 wounded SPLA soldiers and 43 civilian injuries.
The clashes happened south of Malakal, just across the border in Jonglei State, Both said.
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South Sudan army kills 55 fighters in clashes

At least 55 fighters were killed when south Sudan’s army clashed with a rebel group in Jonglei State, a state minister said on Sunday, the latest in a wave of violence across the territory ahead of its independence in July.

Scores of troops and civilians were injured in the clashes on Saturday, Peter Lam Both, Upper Nile State information minister, said.

The southern army (SPLA) clashed with forces loyal to renegade army commander Gabriel Tang during what was meant to be the reintegration of his forces into south Sudan’s army, Both said.

“We understand that on the side of [Tang’s forces] 55 were killed including five of his generals,” Both told Reuters, adding his information had come from the south Sudan army.

“We don’t have reports of those killed from the SPLA and civilian sides but the [overall] death toll must be much higher,” he said.

The minister said Malakal, the state capital, had received 34 wounded SPLA soldiers and 43 civilian injuries.

The clashes happened south of Malakal, just across the border in Jonglei State, Both said.

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12:20 // 3 years ago