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Sudan army claims capturing JEM military commander in South Kordofan


July 21, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan army on Thursday said it captured the top military leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) during clashes in the war-battered state of South Kordofan, dousing its own claims that the Darfur rebel group was not part of clashes in the area.

SAF officials in a press conference (FILE – Reuters Pictures)

Earlier on Tuesday, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) dismissed reports that JEM forces had participated in an attack mounted by forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Al-Tais area in South Kordofan.

SAF’s official spokesman, Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad, was quoted as saying that any reports on the participation of JEM in Al-Tais attack “lacks credibility and evidences.”

However, SAF was happy to announce on Thursday the capture of JEM’s military commander in South Kordofan during Al-Tais clashes.

In a press release reported by the country’s official news agency (SUNA), SAF confirmed that the clashes which took place in Al-Tais on 17 July had involved joint forces of JEM and the SPLM.

The commander of SAF’s fifth brigade in the area, Fadul al-Mula Mohamed Ahmad, said his forces had “inflicted enormous losses of lives and properties” on the joint forces.

JEM’s top military commander in South Kordofan, Brigade-General Al-Toom Toto, was arrested during the clashes, according to SAF official.

The alleged JEM commander was quoted by SUNA as confirming his arrest and saying he had sustained a head injury after the vehicle he was using was destroyed due to the shelling.

Toto was further quoted as saying he had received logistical support from the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) which facilitated his journey from Raja in Darfur to South Kordofan. The SPLM are the ruling party of independent South Sudan after the country became independent on July 9 as part of a peace deal with the North.

For much of the 21 year North-South civil war groups from South Kordofan and Blue Nile joined former Southern rebels the SPLM in their conflict with Khartoum.

Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad also told SUNA that JEM’s commander was in the custody of the army and would be brought to the competent judicial bodies in the coming days.

Khartoum is likely to be uncomfortable with any sign of coordination between rebel groups in Darfur and the SPLM in South Kordofan.

South Kordofan violence, which erupted on 5 June, has so far displaced more than 70,000 people and killed hundreds, according to UN figures.

The Western region of Darfur has been in a state of war since ethnic rebels took up arms against the government in 2003.


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  • 22 July 2011 10:46, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    What a propaganda!! They are now looking for a reason to fight South Sudan. This is their creation using their own injured soldiers from the battle ground in South Kordofan. Their lust for South Sudan and greed for South Sudan resources are still intoxicating them to think for a fight with the people of the freedom seeking South Sudanese.

    • 22 July 2011 11:56, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      That is a very big lie. Continue accusing South Sudan and remember that it is not under your control any more. Independent state is an Independent state. If you use bombs then you will also get the recipiricol of it too. Remove your finger from the Republic of South Sudan.

      The judicial process your captive shall undergo to is just to kill him on spot because it is not in your military doctrine to keep POWs.

      JEM and SPLANS ( Sudan People Liberation Army Northern Sector) shall adopt the same mechanism you applied on them.

    • 22 July 2011 14:58, by mathem jech amer

      Poor SAF

      Yesterday you denied JEM involement, now you said you captured top commander. When are you going to believe facts always lying to the world. Continue l;ying

    • 22 July 2011 16:08, by SSLA supporter

      Sudan government must dismantle this bullshit called SPLA/M in both RoSS and the Republic of Sudan!! in order for the real peace to prevail in this region!! otherwise with this mad dogs called SPLM Led by those alcoholic generals under the leadership of that dwarf and self-centered Dok Nuer tribal chief called Reik Machieth and that Gogrial alcoholic chief called Kiir will only cause major war between north and south which will only kill the innocent civilians of both countries as their kids will not be there to waitress and taste the bitterness of the war! since they will be evacuated to western world to follow their stolen public money!! SPLA/M need to be really destroyed!! I will use biological, Chemical and Nuclear weapons to smoke or eliminate some diehard, supporters and cliques of that criminal network called SPLA/M and with total impunity since there is no good forensic( medicine or science) infrastructure in that zoo called a county!!

      What sense it makes to facilitate the attack of the army of another country that you are at peace with!! Helping South Kordofan and JEM to destabilize the north will not benefit southern Sudanese at all but it will only cause unfortunate return to war instead!! pathetic, I know fools and brainless people like kuen Mi diid, puppet called young and that dumb called Marco A Weck etc will not be happy to read this contribution that violate their goddesses Kiir and Reiik, but does it look like I care?? to hell with them anyway!!

      • 22 July 2011 18:18, by Deng

        The so called SSLA supporter, Dinka Dominated SPLA, Truthteller and many more,you people need to stop lie and pretending to be Southerners.Your hate to destroyed Southerners unity is only left in hate dream and is not can happen on the ground. South Sudanese should be careful with influnence of those who claim the false names as Southerners to cause a hate within the South Many tribes. The rule of divided and ruled were completely dead on July 9th, 2011.
        If Sorry if I was Northerner I should not be ruled by Al-Basheir who order everyone like his wives. They so called ministers and military leaders in the Northern Sudan are Omer wives, because they have no say in Government.Omer became own of Northern, but not our Republic of South Sudan.

  • 22 July 2011 13:33, by DeltaBravo

    NorthSudan government always believe in lie why they denied the claimed by SPLA-North that JEM didnot participated in the first place. i think they are trying to used another tacticle move to stay in Abyei. If they dnt remove Bashir and his NCP in the North. i dnt think Nubian,Funj,Fur,Beja in the East. SAF believe in lie, they just want to refused leaving Abyei.

  • 22 July 2011 13:39, by zol aweer

    That is extremely lair, NCP are confused thugs they say JEM did not participated in Al-Tais battle and again here they are saying the have capture senior JEM commander,which is which now.
    These guys are running out of concocted lairs to talk about war in the Nuba Mountains and they are losing every battle, remember your days numbered.
    The wicked will never go unpunished, shame on you Jalabas!

  • 22 July 2011 14:42, by Quintino

    It is not a surprise to get confusing messages from NCP army in Khartoum. After all they are born and bred in lies. Yesterday they negeted the participation of JEM in Tais battle. Today they are telling us they captured "top JEM commander" in South Khordofan. What does it mean? One thing - They have a person of African descent that they want to liquidate.

    Just do it as you did to the innocent Western Sudanese on the aftermath of the JEM incursion in Khartoum. Stop mind-boggling us.

    • 22 July 2011 18:12, by AdierCien

      In The Name Of The Trinity God Amen


      Toto was further quoted as saying he had received logistical support from the government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) which facilitated his journey from Raja in Darfur to South Kordofan. The SPLM are the ruling party of Independent South Sudan after the country become Independent on July 9 as part of a peace deal with the North.

      What do you want to create here Sudan Tribune? Raja is not in Darfur which is in the north Sudan and you still putting it to be in the north.

      Raja is in Western Bahr el Gazale in the Republic Of South Sudan (RSS).

      We should not be able to take this seriously because you’re just doing your job of confusion. Your ally with the north will cut off soon.

      God Bless South Sudan.

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