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Friday, August 26, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Sudan regime again reported on the rampage;
Mass graves discovered

CAIRO — Heavy fighting accompanied by massive casualties have been reported in Sudan.


The Satellite Sentinel Project has reported a bloody counter-insurgency campaign by the Khartoum regime of President Omar Bashir in the Nuba mountains. The group said satellite images have detected as many as eight mass graves in Kadugli in the South Kordofan region since June.

"While the United States and other members of the United Nations Security Council continue to debate how to respond, the debate over the existence of body bags and mass graves in and around Kadugli is now over," Charlie Clements, executive director of the Harvard Carr Center, said.

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The project has identified the Sudanese Red Crescent Society as digging mass graves and filling them with large numbers of bodies. The graves were dug amid reports of mass killings by the Bashir regime.

"Acting on instructions from the state of South Kordofan, the SRCS [Sudanese Red Crescent Society] used an excavator to dig and cover large pits," the satellite project said in a report. "In some cases, eyewitnesses reported, SRCS workers poured fuel on dead bodies and set them on fire."

The report, released on Aug. 24, quoted witnesses as reporting the use of a yellow front-end loader with a backhoe to dig mass graves around Kadugli. Satellite photographs images showed the yellow vehicle less than a kilometer from an apparent mass grave.

The report said the Khartoum regime prepared a mountainside area for the burial of thousands of bodies. South Kordofan Gov. Ahmed Haroun, wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide in Darfour, was said to have been connected with the disposal effort.

"The evidence against the Sudanese government continues to compound and has now become impossible to dismiss," Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast said. "It is time for the international community to take serious action and execute its responsibility to protect innocent lives in Sudan."

The Khartoum regime has denied mass killings in Nuba. On Aug. 23, Bashir declared a two-week ceasefire in the region amid a war between rebels and the regime.

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