Sudanese rebel militias form alliance aimed at toppling regime

Special to WorldTribune.com

CAIRO — Sudanese rebels have formed an alliance against the regime
of President Omar al-Bashir.

Rebel leaders said they agreed on an umbrella movement, called the
Sudanese Revolutionary Front, to topple the Bashir regime. They said the
rebels would operate in several areas of Sudan, including Darfour as well as
South Kordofan and Blue Nile along the border of South Sudan.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. /AFP/File/Ashraf Shazly

“This is a military and political alliance,” Sudanese Liberation Army spokesman Ibrahim Hilu said. “We will coordinate fighting to end this government that wants no peace.”

In a statement on Nov. 12, the rebels said the alliance would result in joint operations by several militias, Middle East Newsline reported. They were identified as SLA, the Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-North, which have fought the army loyal to the Khartoum regime.

SLA and JEM have been fighting the Sudanese Army in the western province of Darfour. SPLM-N was operating in the border provinces of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

“They will work to topple the regime of the [Sudanese ruling] National Congress Party with all possible means,” the statement said.

Over the last month, the Sudanese Air Force conducted air strikes on
suspected SPLM-N positions in South Kordofan. The United Nations and the
United States have accused Khartoum of targeting civilian communities,
including those that were hosting tens of thousands of refugees from the
north. On Nov. 10, Sudan signed a peace accord with a minor rebel group from
Darfour.

The Khartoum regime said the new rebel alliance was organized by South
Sudan. Officials said South Sudan would provide the Sudanese Revolutionary
Front with a haven as well as a launching pad for attacks in the north.

“The sponsoring of South Sudan’s government of the so-called Sudanese
Revolutionary Front is a clear sign of aggression of the southern state
against Sudan,” a Khartoum security official told the state-sponsored
Sudanese Media Center.

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