Satellite Images Confirm Village Razing in Nuba Mountains, as Gubernatorial Candidates Trade Charges Ahead of Vote

WASHINGTON – The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has confirmed the razing of more than 350 structures at el-Feid village in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, Sudan. Front-running candidates vying for the State’s governorship traded charges over attacks in el-Feid that reportedly killed some 20 people ahead of the vote slated for the first week of May.

Helicopter gunships at SAF airstrip in Muglad

DigitalGlobe imagery of SAF airstrip at Muglad, showing helicopter gunships and other aircraft, March 16-28, 2011.

Main Battle Tanks at Muglad

DigitalGlobe image of SAF tanks at Muglad base, March 19-28, 2011.

SAF-Aligned Encampment at Goli

DigitalGlobe image of SAF-Aligned Encampment at Goli, Abyei Region, March 21-28, 2011

Range of Attack: Deployment of SAF Attack Helicopters, Tanks Near Abyei

In recent weeks, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) has deployed heavy offensive weaponry, including attack helicopters and tanks, at Muglad, the reported headquarters of the SAF’s 15th Division. These units include two helicopters consistent with Mi-24 Hind gunships, at least nine main battle tanks consistent with T-55s, and trucks consistent with support vehicles needed for the forward deployment of heavy armor.

New Satellite Images Show Buildup of Helicopter Gunships, Tanks Within Striking Distance of Abyei

WASHINGTON – The northern Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) has deployed heavy offensive weaponry including helicopter gunships and tanks near the boundary of Sudan’s disputed Abyei region, according to new imagery released by the Satellite Sentinel Project. The introduction of attack helicopters and main battle tanks within range of Abyei constitutes a major escalation of SAF military capacity in the area.

SAF Mi-24 Helicopter Gunships at Muglad Airstrip

Digital Globe imagery of the SAF airstrip at Muglad, Sudan, showing Mi-24 Hind attack helicopters.

Survivors Recount Attacks on Villages in Abyei

With the growing military presence in northern Abyei, an already dire humanitarian situation looms on the edge of becoming worse. The most recent crises, involving the burning of three villages, forced the displacement of thousands of people to south of Abyei town along the River Kiir.

Ambassador Princeton Lyman Appointed New Sudan Special Envoy

Since the announcement in February of Major General Scott Gration’s departure from the Sudan special envoy post, observers of U.S.-Sudan policy have been eager to learn who will be next to step up to bat. Former Ambassador Princeton Lyman, who has been part of the U.S. diplomatic team working on Sudan for the last six months, was announced as the new special envoy today.

Manipulating the Flow of Aid in Darfur

The Sudan advocacy community was on high alert – though cautiously quiet – when news publicly emerged late last week that one of the main suppliers of food aid in West Darfur would be forced to close down operations. On Friday, Catholic Relief Services said that its food program would end this month, leaving 400,000 people without monthly food rations. By Monday, CRS announced that it was given permission by Khartoum to resume services and that it would work with the local government to begin distribution quickly.

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