SUDAN: A Military Statement from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM): Alliance of Resistance Forces (ARF) Score Major Victory at Dar El Salam Near El Fashir
The following is an official statement from Sudan’s Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). (Underlined emphasis added.)
Alliance of Resistance Forces (ARF) Score Major Victory at Dar El Salam Near El Fashir
Source: Justice and Equality Movement (JEM)
December 23, 2010 10:38 pm
A Military Statement
ARF gallant forces scored a major victory against GoS [Government of Sudan] army at Dar El Salam, 60km south of El Fashir, capital of Darfur. The site of the battle is only 35k away from Shangili Tobayi whose population were bombed out of their homes in the last two weeks. The battle took place this morning, Thursday, December 23, 2010.
GoS forces consisted of two battalions coming from El Fashir and Shearia and were widely advertised in government media as surrounding JEM army in the area for a final assault. The two government forces have been terrorising the population since the visit of Governor of North Darfur, Kibir two weeks ago. Over the past few days, these forces have burnt down 6 towns, turning their populations into IDPs.
For the first time, JEM troops fought shoulder to shoulder with forces belonging to Minni Minawi, Abdel Wahid Nur and others in line with the newly formed Alliance of Resistance Forces.
Following a fierce but unequal engagement, enemy troops fled the battlefield and were pursued by our forces inside Dar El Salam.
Our forces gained 28 vehicles and one artillery truck and destroyed substantial military hardware belonging to GoS. Names of captured enemy soldiers will be released in the coming few days.
Our forces lost three soldiers with eight others injured.
We hope this overwhelming victory sends a clear message to [Sudanese president] Al Bashir to think seriously about the offer of cessation of hostilities currently under negotiation in the Doha Venue.
Long live our struggle for justice
Lt. General Ali Alwafi
Alliance of Resistance Forces
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