August 14, 2007 |
An obscure, mostly Arab Darfur rebel group said it had kidnapped 12 Sudanese soldiers and challenged the government to stop mobilizing militias to counter the 4-year-old revolt in the western part of the country. The Democratic Popular Front Army's secretary-general, Osama Mohammed Hassan, said it was "the first time we have captured government soldiers." A Sudanese army spokesman dismissed the report as a lie.
August 13, 2007 |
The head of the African Union said that non-African troops would not be needed for a Darfur peacekeeping force because countries on the continent had committed enough soldiers. The Sudanese government opposes non-Africans playing a major role in a U.N.-African Union operation that will be made up of 20,000 peacekeepers and 6,000 civilian police.
August 10, 2007 |
Fighting over a strategic town in southern Darfur has killed many rebels and government forces in the last week, and the Sudanese air force has bombed several villages, said rebels and international observers. The clashes began Aug. 1 when rebels captured the town of Adilla, where Sudanese troops were stationed to protect the only railway linking Darfur to the capital, Khartoum, rebels said.
August 5, 2007 |
For a man accused of masterminding massacres, Ahmad Harun seems quite comfortable in the place he allegedly helped destroy. He strolls around the grassy compound belonging to the local governor in Sudan's deeply troubled Darfur region, embracing Arab tribal leaders, soldiers and officials who have come to hear the president.
August 1, 2007 |
The Security Council on Tuesday authorized a massive U.N. peacekeeping operation to deploy to Darfur in an effort to protect civilians and aid workers in Sudan's conflict-racked region. The council voted 15 to 0 to begin sending a joint U.N.-African Union force of as many as 26,000 troops and police to Darfur before the end of the year to quell violence that has killed more than 200,000 people and displaced more than 2 million in four years. The full force, the largest authorized by the U.N.
July 26, 2007 |
Attacks on aid convoys in Sudan's Darfur region are hampering the world's largest humanitarian operation, and about 170,000 people are out of reach of food aid because of the violence, the United Nations' World Food Program said. Nine food convoys have been ambushed by gunmen in the last two weeks, the WFP said in a statement. Darfur rebel groups have been battling the Sudanese government since 2003.
July 23, 2007 |
On the second day of a rare visit to Darfur, President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir unveiled several development projects meant to bolster the war-torn region, but he did not visit any of the camps filled with people displaced by years of systematic violence blamed on militias linked to his government.
July 22, 2007 |
Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, implicated by many in the international community in Darfur's killings, visited the troubled region for the first time in the four-year conflict there. The visit is part of his attempt to recast himself in the role of unifier. He is scheduled to visit the Darfur region's three provincial capitals in as many days. An estimated 200,000 people have been killed and about 2.
July 22, 2007 |
WINTER Miller was near the Chad-Sudan border conducting research on the Darfur conflict last year when a Darfuri man took her to the spot where the janjaweed had bayoneted his son. "He said, 'They're in the trees. They can see us,' " she recalls. "We immediately got in the car and left. That moment was a bit chilling."
July 16, 2007 |
In an international summit Sunday to push peace in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, the Sudanese government agreed to soon meet rebel groups that thus far have refused to join peace talks. If the agreement holds, it will be an important step in re-launching a peace process that has stalled since those key rebel factions rejected the widely unpopular Darfur peace agreement struck last year.