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Cablegate: Sla/Nrf Statement On Hamra Al-Sheikh Attack

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OO RUEHMA RUEHROV
DE RUEHKH #1574 1861445
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 051445Z JUL 06
FM AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3533
INFO RUCNFUR/DARFUR COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

UNCLAS KHARTOUM 001574

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV MOPS SOCI AU UN SU
SUBJECT: SLA/NRF Statement on Hamra al-Sheikh Attack

Ref: Khartoum

1. Reftel detailed the July 3 rebel attack on the North Kordofan
town of Hamra al-Sheikh and the subsequent interest by the GNU to
gain support in condemning the incident. On July 5, two Sudanese
Liberation Army (SLA) field commanders associated with Abdel Wahid
but claiming to speak for the National Redemption Front (NRF) posted
the following notice on its website in Arabic:

(Begin text - unofficial Embassy translation)

The National Redemption Front

Military Announcement # 1

The forces of the National Redemption Front have captured the
strategic town of Hamrat Al-Shiekh in North Kordofan on Monday, July
3, 2006. Hamrat Al-Shiekh is situated 200 km northwest of Khartoum.
Our forces were able to destroy two brigades of the regime's forces
that were located there as a front defense line to protect Khartoum,
the capital. The National Redemption Front forces were also able to
destroy the security and police forces located in the area. Our
forces gained all the military equipment of the regime forces and
captured many of its defeated elements. Now the National Redemption
Front forces are on their way toward Khartoum, the capital.

The National Redemption Front gives this victory as a gift to all
the people of Darfur and to all the marginalized people of Sudan as
well. This is to rebut what is said that peace and tranquility were
achieved in the country.

The National Redemption Front would like to confirm that the
struggle will continue until the racial cleansing regime in Khartoum
is uprooted.

Commander: Abdalla Banda Abbakar
Thuraya: 008821630001181

Commander: Adam Bakhet
Thuraya: 008821630000410

The liberated zone - Hamrat Al-Sheikh

July 3, 2006

(End text)

2. Comment: Both signatories to this statement are SLA - Abdel
Wahid field commanders; even so, the statement was released under
the heading of "National Redemption Front," despite that fact that
Abdel Wahid is not a party to the recently formed group. The
document bears two SLM seals, one in English and one in Arabic. End
comment.

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