Frontline Abyei

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New imagery shows a buildup and entrenchment of armed actors, aligned with the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Southern People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), respectively, at new frontline positions inside the contested border region of Abyei in Sudan. Northern-aligned troops appear to have constructed a forward operating base in the past two weeks at Bongo, some 15 kilometers from the recently razed village of Maker Abior. The Bongo base is some 20 kilometers to the north of where SPLA-aligned forces appear to have trenched in at the razed villages of Todach and Tajalei, according to SSP analysis. SSP has also revealed the presence of artillery at a known SAF base near Nyama and the recent arrival there of transports capable of moving heavy armor.

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Read the report, "Frontline Abyei."

Read the press release, "Satellite Imagery Confirms North, South Sudanese Armed Actors at New Frontline Positions inside Abyei."