Sudan’s army has “liberated” the contested Heglig oil region seized by South Sudanese forces on April 10, Sudan’s Minister of Defense Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein said in a statement on Friday, hours after Juba said it was withdrawing its troops within three days.
South Sudan’s Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin earlier told reporters that President Salva Kiir ordered SPLA troops to withdraw from Heglig.
“An orderly withdrawal will commence immediately and shall be completed within three days,” the statement added, potentially easing conflict that has threatened to plunge the countries back into war.
Fighting between Sudan and South Sudan escalated earlier this month, following the South’s seizure of Heglig, which makes up around half of Sudan’s oil production and is key to its faltering economy.
International powers have called on Juba to pull back its forces, but Juba had resisted those calls, insisting it would do so only after Khartoum withdrew its troops from the neighboring contested Abyei region.
On Thursday United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the South’s taking of Heglig as an “illegal act,” but Juba still maintained Friday that Heglig — which it calls Panthou in the local Dinka language — was its territory.
“The decision to pull out of Panthou (Heglig) is without prejudice to our stand that Panthou remains an integral part of the Republic of South Sudan,” the statement added.
“We therefore expect that the final status of Panthou-Heglig, and other disputed border areas, will be referred for international arbitration.”
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has called for the destruction of the “insect” Juba government, and has launched waves of air strikes against the former civil war foe.
Kiir’s statement said that that Khartoum had to end its “air bombardments and ground incursions” into South Sudan.
The rival armies clashed heavily late Thursday, as Khartoum’s troops sought to oust entrenched Southern soldiers from positions in Heglig, Southern army spokesman Philip Aguer said.
“There was fighting on Thursday evening, SAF (Sudan’s army) was advancing and they were beaten,” he said, adding he had no reports of fighting on Friday.
However, other reports from border areas suggested fighting was still ongoing.
(UN)Another day, another few steps closer to all out war. This time, Darfur Rebels from the Justice and Equality Movement have apparently joined some sort of tactical alliance with the South. The Darfur rebels sacked Sudanese army outposts near the disputed Heglig oil field, which was captured last week by the South. “Rebels from Sudan’s Darfur region on Thursday said they seized two Sudanese military positions north of the Heglig oil field occupied by South Sudanese forces. In fighting on Wednesday night, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) took control of the outposts 40km north of Heglig, said the group’s spokesperson Gibril Adam Bilal…Bilal denied that JEM forces were fighting alongside the South Sudanese, who occupied Heglig on April 10 and allege it was used to attack the South. Khartoum’s foreign ministry claims that international press photos show the Darfur rebel movement has been fighting with Southern troops.” (News24 http://n24.cm/HWJc59)
(AT)After ethnically cleansing its over 500,000 Christians, the rogue Arab Islamist regime of the Sudan has declared war on the Christian and black South Sudan, which broke away last year after peace talks under UN auspices supposedly ended the civil war, in which an estimated 2 million, mostly civilians in the south and in Darfur were killed.
The UN would have you believe this is about a dispute over the Heglig oil field, which the South Sudan occupied after Sudan began violating the borders and attempting to seize the South Sudan’s oil wealth in other areas. It isn’t. It is and always was about jihad, domination and control.
The Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, who is already under indictment as a war criminal for genocidal activities, showed how flawed that notion is, announcing “Sudan should not be ruled separately in the north and the south, either they (SPLM) come and control Khartoum or we go and control Juba. Heglig isn’t the end, it is the beginning, and we shall go all the way to [South Sudanese capital] Juba.”
You have to wonder how long the West is going to allow maniacs like al-Bashir a free hand.
Here we have a people who were murdered, raped and enslaved for decades who finally managed to break away and declare themselves a free country. South Sudan is a UN member, and the UN charter specifically forbids aggression by one member against another.
Yet no one at the UN took action against The Sudan during the genocide in Darfur and the South beforehand, and no one is doing anything meaningful now to stop it from happening again.
Because it involves Muslim aggression against non-Muslims, and it is Muslims who now control the UN. Simple as that. I guarantee you that if Bashir Assad’s opponents in Syria were exclusively Christian and non-Arab, you wouldn’t be hearing or reading much about that either. And had Moamar Khaddaffi’s opponents in Libya been Christian and non-Arab, there would have been no NATO or UN involvement whatsoever.
And what of our President, who was so quick to intervene in Libya and even though it was really about protecting European oil deals, used as his excuse the moral high ground of protecting civilians? Barack Hussein Obama claims to be a Christian. Is he going to defend black Christians against Islamist jihad, rape and murder?
Based on his actions thus far on this situation, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His work has appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Los Angeles Times, Ynet, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Breitbart.Com and other publications.
- Sudan Declares War On South Sudan (iamiranaware.wordpress.com)