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Chad- Sudan armies prepare to launch military operation in Darfur - rebels

September 8, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — The rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) accused today the Chadian army of preparing to launch a join military operation on its positions in Darfur region with the Sudanese army.

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Soldiers of the Chadian national army patrol a street in front of the Presidential Palace in N’Djamena. (file/AFP)

JEM spokesperson Gibreel Adam Bilal, claimed that Chadian leadership mobilised four fighter-bomber jets and one hundred armored vehicles to attack their positions inside the Sudanese territory.

"The Chadian forces are ordered to implement their mission to a depth of two hundred miles insides the Sudanese territory ," said the rebel spokesperson.

Following the fall of the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, different reports say that JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim has successfully left the Libyan territory. However, there is no information on his whereabouts.

Gaddafi who hosted Khalil for more than a year in Tripoli after Chad’s refusal to allow his entry, gave him all what he needs and asked him to wage war on Bashir’s regime, said the Chadian opposition Tchad Actuel website.

The Sudanese government supported actively the opposition Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) in its war against Gaddafi’s regime. But Chad was favourable to Tripoli regime. However the two capital are hostile to JEM leader.

The Agence France Presse Arabic service released a wire on Wednesday saying that Chadian and Sudanese troops are on red alert after reports that vehicles of Darfur rebels coming from Libya crossed to Sudan from the Chadian border.

A Chadian military source told the new agency that JEM rebels crossed with over one hundred vehicles to Darfur from a joint border position between Chad, Libya and Sudan.

Spokesperson of the Sudan Armed Forces, Khaled Alsoarmi, told the official SUNA on Thursday that the army monitor closely the border and troops are put in a state of readiness to deal with any developments in the region.

JEM urged the Chadian president to review his position and to dedicate his efforts for a peaceful and negotiated solution instead of contributing to the exiting conflict in Darfur region.

Deby had played a vital role in the conclusion of a framework deal between Sudanese government and JEM in February 2010 after the normalization of bilateral relations with Khartoum but he was enraged by the withdrawal of the rebel group from Doha talks in May 2010.

JEM refused to sign a peace agreement with the government in July 2011 and asked to open a framework peace document for negotiation but Khartoum rejected the demand and gave the rebel three months to sign the Doha Darfur Peace Document.