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Vol 43 No 5

Published 8th March 2002


Oilfield, battlefield

The opposition regroups and threatens Khartoum's control of the oilfields

The National Islamic Front (or National Congress) government has mounted a massive air and ground offensive in oil-rich Western Upper Nile to counter the regrouping of opposition groups. In January a newly re-unified opposition attacked and forced Sweden's Lundin Oil to halt its seismic and drilling operations. Earlier that month, the Sudan People's Liberation Army of Colonel John Garang de Mabior had reconciled with the Sudan People's Democratic Front under Commander Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon (see Box).

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