Sunday, October 2, 2011

Darfur Rebel Leader Returns, Threatens to Topple Regime

The leader of Darfur's Justice and Equality Movement, Khalil Ibrahim, recently returned from Libya threatening to dismantle the Sudanese regime based in Khartoum with the aid of several other armed groups. Ibrahim also stated that the UN reports of waning violence throughout the Darfur region are completely inaccurate. Several rebel groups have been implicated in this emerging alliance and, along with the return of Ibrahim, could destabilize the progress that has been made in recent months according to the UN-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID). Ibrahim argued that any decline in violence in Darfur was mainly due to the fact that rebel groups had temporarily left the area. However, the Sudanese army's attacks continued without interruption. Ibrahim and his group have also stated that they have begun supporting opposition party turned armed resistance movement the SPLM-North along the newly formed border of north and South Sudan.

By: Nick McGuire

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