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Vol 49 No 11

Published 23rd May 2008


Sudan

Battle of Omdurman

The Darfur rebel attack on the capital exposes the weaknesses of the Islamist National Congress regime

The attack on the capital by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on 10 May opened a new chapter in the stories of Darfur and of Sudan's Islamist regime. Immediately, it boosted the spirits of the people of Darfur but put exiles in Northern Sudan in danger. It alarmed the ruling National Congress (aka National Islamic Front), which broke relations with Chad. Interested governments, which focus on peace talks rather than on the causes of the conflict, rushed to support the Khartoum regime.

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