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Vol 51 No 13

Published 25th June 2010


The international agenda

The most dramatic military-security appointment is of Ali Ahmed Kurti as full Foreign Affairs Minister (he was previously State Minister). He is best known for establishing the Popular Defence Forces, the partly press-ganged but increasingly volunteer Islamist militia that has fought the National Islamic Front-National Congress Party jihad from Equatoria to Darfur. In the NIF’s early years, the PDF were deployed in the South and Nuba Mountains to jobs that a still not completely purged army might refuse.

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