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SPLM-N admits losing strategic town to Sudan army


November 3, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) on Thursday announced its troops have entered the border town of Kurmuk after heavy battles with fighters from the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N).

Soldiers from Sudan’s army celebrate after gaining control of an area in Blue Nile state capital al-Damazin, on 5 September 2011 (Photo:Reuters)

SAF said in a statement that they managed to ’fully liberate and secure’ the town which lies on the borders with Ethiopia.

’With the thanks and blessings of Allah the armed forces managed on Thursday evening the 3rd of November to destroy the powers of oppression and aggression from the remnants of the so called popular army in al-Kurmuk town and to fully liberate and secure it.’

’The enemy forces fled led by rebel Malik Agar leaving behind its equipments and weapons.’

Agar was the former elected governor of Blue Nile state until he was sacked by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir last September following clashes between SAF and SPLM-N.

Both sides traded blame over who started the clashes which saw SAF managing to expel SPLM-N forces from most of the border state with the exception of al-Kurmuk which was considered the rebel stronghold.

Yesterday the Sudanese president vowed that the town would be liberated before Eid Al-Adha religious holiday which starts on Sunday.

SPLM-N acknowledged that SAF took over Kurmuk but said they withdrew beforehand.

"The SPLM-N emptied the town because they were expecting the SAF to attack. But they are in many other areas of Blue Nile," a SPLM-N spokesperson in Blue Nile Suleiman Osman told Agence France Presse (AFP).

"Don’t imagine that the SAF entering Kurmuk is the end of the war, or total defeat for the SPLM-N. They will fight back," Osman said.

The SPLM-N spokesperson further said added that Agar was safe and unhurt but did not disclose his whereabouts.

Osman also suggested that SAF used chemical weapons in their assault on Kurmuk.

"Some of the injured (rebels) had strange bleeding from their ears and noses. I talked to one of them on the phone and he was in a bad way. It seems the government took a decision to use some sort of chemical weapon," he said.

SAF’s victory would likely boost the government’s standing domestically as it battles SPLM-N also in the state of South Kordofan.

Khartoum also repeated accusations that South Sudan is providing support to SPLM-N in both states.


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  • 4 November 2011 07:38, by BM Bol

    The So called SAF might have won this fight but they haven’t won the war yet.

    • 4 November 2011 16:23, by Atak Akok

      There will be a time when every Black Sudanese realise that they were being used to eliminate themselves by themselves. Even those who proud as true Arabian with brown colour will one day acknowledge what happening now as a the worse stupidity ever as one brother ordered to kill his own.

      God help them!!!!

    • 5 November 2011 09:33, by Murle Intellectual

      In this juncture, I want to remind the interested readers on Commissioner Akot Maze who has paid highly and costed him his job because he no longer supports Kuol Manyangs policies of plotting and causing Low Nuer and Murle to kill and finish each other as a Dinka policy to let Murle and Nuer help him carry out their Dinka plot to eventually wipe both Murle and Nuer so that Murlelands and Nuer’s wi

      • 5 November 2011 10:01, by Murle Intellectual

        . . . Continued . , will be their ’New Bors’ . It is we the Murle commuoity who will decide whether Akot will remain or go. We don’t want any of Kuol Manyang’s Murle puppets who plotted with him to suck Akot. We the Murle people strongly reject this plot and we ask the President Salva Kiir to distant himself from this plot. Akot must remain as the commissioner as long as he doesn’t resign. Right n

  • 4 November 2011 07:39, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    In fact,I don’t like lie from the North.Omar Bashir is completely a lucky guy by the way, because no one is putting is eye on him. I don’t really understand why Omar Bashir attacked the South Sudan always and Salva Kiir Miyardit never attacked any area in the North? What is wrong with Salva Kiir?
    I doubted that there must be something wrong with Kiir.

    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpa

    • 4 November 2011 19:46, by twins


      Silva Kiir cannot attack North becuase South cannot affort doing that. North can do such a thing becuase it’s winning both war and the battle while in other hand, South is loosing both. But the question is why cany South affort attacking North when it’s attacked. Your’re the judge and draw conclusion.

  • 4 November 2011 07:40, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    In fact,I don’t like lie from the North.Omar Bashir is completely a lucky guy by the way, because no one is putting is eye on him. I don’t really understand why Omar Bashir attacked the South Sudan always and Salva Kiir Miyardit never attacked any area in the North? What is wrong with Salva Kiir?
    I doubted that there must be something wrong with Kiir.

    By Augustino Deng.Jech la mer from Tharpam

    • 4 November 2011 09:05, by pabaak

      you can see them in picture all are blacks, how these idiots been used to fight their follow citizens, Araman was right,"winning one battle not necessarily means you won the war", going back to early 90s when NIF was celebrating after liberating almost all cities in the South but what happened after, SPLA regroup and comeback much stronger and regained control of cities from enemy, it can repeat

  • 4 November 2011 09:12, by Deng Gau

    SPLM-N is not difeated but a military tactical withdrawal.
    Agar, Al Hillu, and Araman will win the war one day.

    • 4 November 2011 10:56, by akot

      don’t worry guys the God is with us because the land is ours. one day they will run and leave that Town. they speak too much but the will do nothing at the end.

      • 4 November 2011 20:38, by Sir Bleak

        Damn it !!!! what is that mad dog of Sudan doing? using chemical weapons against the legitimate natives of the country? while he himself a bastard who deserve death, keep on snarling at sound minded Sudanese Leaders in Khartoum with thoughts in mind that God will forgive him for the killings, but Course on him, he will die like Gaddafi whether he want or not.

  • 4 November 2011 20:59, by Tribe

    Al-bashir is the last dominoes to fall.Just watch to see how he will similarly wind up in the same path as that of Saddam and Gaddafi .Trannies are always complacent of the realities and it will be too late to turn the course.

  • 5 November 2011 09:17, by Dhaiya

    Kurmuk is like any other town but not the whole of SPLM/A-N in Blue Nile, watch out and see in few days, guys like Saddam and Ghadafi have gone and many like Bashir will also go to hell.

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