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Rebel groups shot down Sudanese unmanned plane


March 14, 2012 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) – Sudanese rebels claim that on Tuesday they shot down a Sudanese military unmanned plane in the disputed area of Jau, on the border between Sudan and South Sudan.

A picture released by the SRF rebel group of the unmanned plane shot down in South Kordofan on 13 March 2012

In Khartoum, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) admitted the lost of the self-piloted plane but explained that there had been a technical failure.

The rebel groups Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) issued two separate statements announcing that a plane had been shot down on 13 March at 11:30am over Jau.

The rebels said the Sudan Revolution Front (SRF) were able to shoot down an Iranian made drone with tail number 3-1-R031 Zagil on 13 March 2012 at 11:00am in Buhirat Abyad (White Lake) area in the South Kordofan / Nuba Mountain State.

Alswarmi Khaled, SAF spokesperson said the unmanned plane took off from Kadugli, South Kordofan capital and they lost its control during a military training exercise in the war torn region.

Arnu N. Loddi, SPLM-N spokesperson, called on the international community to hold the Iranian government responsible for violating international law which he said prohibits other countries from “meddling” in the “domestic affairs” of other countries.

“It is the high time the international community rise up to hold Iranian government responsible for violating international law by constantly meddling in the domestic affairs of the Sudanese people”, Loddi told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

The rebel figure claimed that Iranian government has always played "a devastating role" in the Sudanese domestic affairs by standing with Sudanese government in providing all type of military support.

"The use of Iranian made Shehab rocket missiles, personnel land mines, drones and heavy military equipments prove beyond doubt that the National Congress Party’s (NCP) government plan and strategy aim to continue its policies of genocide, ethnic cleansing against the Nuba people and the State population in general and deny them humanitarian aid," Loddi explained.


In Juba, South Sudan’s army also said it shot down a military drone over the disputed area of Jau.

Philip Aguer, the spokesman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) told journalists that the forces of Division 4 in Unity State under the command of Major General James Gatduel Gatluak has brought down unmanned military plane that was bombarding SPLA forces on Monday in Jau area.

Aguer further accused Khartoum of invading South Sudan, saying SAF’s ground forces have now crossed Kiir River and moved deep into Warrap State by 70 kilometers.

He also said SAF is also moving into South Sudan’s territory in Western Bahr el Ghazal State as well as through Maban in Upper Nile State.

Aguer said his army has intercepted the movement of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from Central Africa and DRC Congo into Western Equatoria State.


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  • 14 March 2012 09:34, by Mi diit

    Thanks SPLA general.

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    • 14 March 2012 10:49, by Ahmado

      Mi diit i think you are stupid like your general that you thanking them for what? while they have left SAF to enter 70km deep inside the south sudan and they there watching SAF
      what does SPLA solders doing? for these you are thank them for which reason.

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    • 14 March 2012 12:21, by Anti Dinka’s


      This is Iranian Plane >>>>>>>> sudan cannot afford so expensive plane

      Israel will take care of Iran very soon

      than we will see who next Sudan going to beg for food

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  • 14 March 2012 09:35, by mohammed ali

    Now who shot it ? SPLA,SPLM\ N or JEM? Or they are telling us they are working toghether!

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    • 14 March 2012 09:53, by Mi diit

      Mohammed ali,

      SAF is messing around with every body on both sides of the border, so any rebel group or SPLA could have shot it down. But Jau is in Unity state and not part of South Kordufan as claimed by some. So you guess who did it.

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    • 14 March 2012 09:53, by backtoschool

      Are you sleeping or what now, note that your regime will either to give the chair or to run like Gaffi

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    • 14 March 2012 09:57, by backtoschool

      you are behind the news Basih is already at corner to handover the chair but you are still telling nonsenses ICC for whoever in Khartoum will take measures against each of you.

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    • 14 March 2012 10:27, by Chok Deng

      To Mohammed Ali;
      Don’t cry your ill plans are down,that is a warning to u!!??

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    • 14 March 2012 11:03, by molana

      congz, to whoever shot down that drone, but i wonder if NCP is using those plane without pilot, i don’t think but if their fellow Arabs in the middle east are doing that, they will get their blessings soon, where is Abdel Nassir of Egypt and his vision of getting S.Sudan destroy?

      bring down more those unmanned planes.

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    • 14 March 2012 15:21, by zulu


      You and I know that military trainings cannot take place in war zones or where enemy line is. It was a lie that the drone had a technical problem. So, lies, lies, and lies from SAF including its rulers does establish a pattern of deception. You know the rebels have consorted to work jointly to overthrough your NCP regime. It is time because of SPLM’s strength even pre CPA era

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    • 14 March 2012 19:38, by omoni jr.

      There is a big doubt here about which forces had shot down the drone?? This is very shameful conflictings news to our army. How come south sudan army and sudan rebels claimed the downing drone at same time? Like the other time,south suda army said they capture jua town and sudan rebels calimed too.So what is this? This can tell the people south sudan support the rebels and working together.

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  • 14 March 2012 09:46, by RUMBEK ONE

    Shoot their bellies these bastard Arabs until they go to wherever they came from. Their brothers Iraq got conquered by George Bush and have no help again to them. Now it is Iran, Qatar, Yemen, Palestine and Russia that they have resorted to for military assistance.
    When Malik Agar defeat and conquer them, they will finally loss Sudan to the owners and will park and leave in pieces

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  • 14 March 2012 09:47, by Kut KWai

    Ali it don’t matter who shot it down as long its down that all matters Mate......

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  • 14 March 2012 09:50, by backtoschool

    Thanks for your struggles and continue to do more then that, it is your time to takeover the NCP regime Joint operation OYEE.

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  • 14 March 2012 10:22, by Tamongali

    Unmanned plane shot by SPLA or Rebels of Sudan.NCP Bombarded South sudan or Nuba. All these actions don’t bring stability and peaceful neighberhood.Let all sit around negotiation table and air our problems using bombs,tanks and weapons of words.We are all Human and we need to survive peacefully.Let us learn from Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi( peaceful revolution that yielded freedom.

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    • 14 March 2012 10:36, by Anynya One

      When things gets more clearer & hot, Arabs tend to talk peace, take for-instance (Tamongali) mentioning Peace and their advocates while forgetting how much pain they Arabs inflicted on poor Africans. The answer to you Arab Tamongali is to renew your license from Middle East. Africans may let you back in to the Sudan again, & that would probably be a real peace.

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      • 14 March 2012 10:59, by Tamongali

        Anynya one, when one mentioning peace you accuse him to be an arab. what logic is that? the whole world is talking peace are they all arabs.you are carrying a name of heroic freedom movement i do respect that name,I insist nothing will make the world stable apart from peace.CPA is symbol of peace.

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        • 14 March 2012 11:39, by Anynya One

          I don’t wast a damn time on you Mr. Tomongoli... you are just like any politician out there, trying to make their way out of the heat, but one sign is through your action not your speeches of death. Arab vampires keeps sucking Africans blood trying to gain favor in the name of your shitt Religion. We hate the fuck out you bro. Just wait motherfucker!!! you will see the peace want soon!

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  • 14 March 2012 10:24, by Anynya One


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  • 14 March 2012 10:30, by Chok Deng

    Bravo,gun down any devils!!!!

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  • 14 March 2012 10:50, by OTOOLITMODDO

    Those who can show pics are the ones who actually shot it. SPLA jonkoz are not as brave as the freedom fighters in the North. We expect them to hijack more victories and falsely claim it was them, when the reality is otherwise. Now there is confusion here

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    • 14 March 2012 11:57, by long vision

      The shot down of Sudanese unmanned plane is the good news part from SAF where is shot down by SPLA or JEM pravit that is from SAF

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    • 14 March 2012 15:13, by Ruach

      Nuer tactics!!Nobody can bring down that aeroplane except Nuer.Murle are members of NCP,no doubt about that!

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  • 14 March 2012 12:33, by morogot batal

    wulululululululullululululululululu wait ours from south....that one are only guirrilas.....for national army is on the way wulululululululululululululululululul

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  • 14 March 2012 17:09, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    Whoever shot down that unmaned plane over Jau has done an extradinary job.well done!
    Jau belongs to Ruweng county not part of Kordufan.
    Let SPLA be precise when reporting based on the location so that to avoid dispute in the future.

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  • 14 March 2012 19:09, by Tribe

    who care about who brought it down. All that is important is that it’s crippling this Arab regime and we are on the march to topple its in matter of time. The days of Arab descedents are numbered and Sudan will be purely/truly African.

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  • 14 March 2012 19:48, by zulu

    The relentless diatribe against the west and ss is finally reaching its nadir. people will only listen to reason when they are hungry or in pain. Today again at 11:30 am, SPLA shot down a fighter jet bombing Jau. This is a second time in a row that SAF has suffere. Invade and accuse the SPLA of violating, we proof by shooting down.

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  • 15 March 2012 01:08, by Erermeres kururpra

    At the end,the trueth will come out about who shot it down.Initial reports are sometimes not 100% correct when incidents like that occurs. But that doesn’t really matter in this case because its about taking down the bird of the common enemy.Thumb up for who ever shot it down.

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  • 15 March 2012 01:20, by E. Defense Forces

    Sudan government will be topple soon. Actor George Clooney warns US of Sudan crisis in the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/221/Clooney_Shines_Star_Power_on_Sudan_Crisis/

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    • 15 March 2012 05:46, by Mou

      There is no aircraft like this. This is just a test whether there are airforce in the area or not. The world is laughing at those who think they shot down the plane

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  • 15 March 2012 07:33, by Madina Tonj

    Now it is clear that, Khartoum government has killed Darfurian rebel leader by this Unmanned plane of Iranian technology.

    Omar al Bashir has a cross the line not only his war crimies reach to the point of a regime racist against none Arab.

    All the facts have been gethering about war crime and crimes against humanity and I think International community will add this evidence that, Omar must go

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