Sudan prepares major
assault on opposition

By WND Staff

Sudan is expected to acquire a new secret weapon in the next month that could change the balance of power between the Islamist government and non-Muslim opponents in the south, east and in neighboring Eritrea, according to WorldNetDaily intelligence sources.

The new weapon, possibly a fuel air explosive or other volumetric warhead, could precisely target rebel positions within Sudan and inside Eritrea, the sources report. Such weapons could be dropped by Sudan’s small air force and have a devastating impact on population centers and bases below.

Eritrea has consistently denied involvement in fighting government forces in eastern Sudan, saying the Sudanese government was making such accusations as a “pretext” to scuttle ongoing peace negotiations with Sudanese rebels.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese government claims it will uphold its commitment to a cessation of hostilities agreement signed with the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army earlier this month during resumed peace talks in the Kenyan town of Machakos. But, the government said, fighting in the east, launched by “an unprovoked military attack by Eritrean forces” in the Rasai area was not necessarily covered by the agreement. The agreement “does not preclude the government of Sudan to repulse the Eritrean aggression,” the Sudanese statement said.

“Eritrea has nothing to do with the fighting in Sudan, and Khartoum knows this full well,” Teweldemedhin Tesfamariam, Eritrea’s deputy ambassador to Kenya, told Africa News Service. “It is fighting against its opposition forces with whom it has been holding peace talks. The government of Sudan cannot accept that it is losing the current battles against the [opposition] NDA so it is looking for a perceived external enemy, and it is unfortunate it has decided on Eritrea to be the one.”

The SPLA makes up the biggest component of the opposition National Democratic Alliance, or NDA, which is based in Asmara.

The Sudanese statement said the government had filed a complaint with the U.N. Security Council against Eritrea, which, it said, was “notorious for attacking its neighbors.” It said Sudan had notified the Security Council of “its intention to exercise its legal right of self-defense” under the U.N. charter.

Tesfamariam said Sudan was accusing Eritrea of aggression as a “pretext for scuttling the Machakos talks.”

“The government of Sudan knows the SPLA cannot be expected to accept such violations of the memorandum signed in Machakos while the NDA forces are being attacked in the east and government attacks continue in the south,” he said. “If they [rebels] pull out of the talks – as the Sudan government wants them to do – then it can blame the rebels for their failure. This is an intricate deception.”

Missionary Peter Hammond, who works in some of the areas threatened by the Sudanese government’s acquisition of new strategic weapons, says he has received reports during the last year of fuel air explosive bombs being dropped on civilian targets in the south.

“Napalm has been used by government of Sudan air force planes, particularly by MiG-23s in some bombing runs in Southern Sudan,” he told WorldNetDaily. “On one occasion, I saw evidence of very severe scorched earth for a large area in Maridi in Western Equatoria – also near Lui in 1997. We also heard testimony of a fuel air bomb being dropped by MiG-23s on Kauda in the Nuba Mountains back in 1999.”

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