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Encampment with trenching and foxholes, South Kordofan, Sudan. January 21, 2011. From the Satellite Sentinel Project report "Evidence of SAF Deployment in South Kordofan," produced in collaboration with DigitalGlobe and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

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DigitalGlobe satellite image of outpost with fortification and towed artillery near Kharassana, South Kordofan, Sudan. January 2, 2011. From the Satellite Sentinel Project report "Evidence of SAF Deployment in South Kordofan," produced in collaboration with DigitalGlobe and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

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Outpost near Kadugli, South Kordofan, Sudan, with towed artillery. January 13, 2011. From the Satellite Sentinel Project report "Evidence of SAF Deployment in South Kordofan," produced in collaboration with DigitalGlobe and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

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DigitalGlobe satellite image of outpost near Kadugli, South Kordofan, Sudan, with possible Mi-8 military helicopter. January 13, 2011. From the Satellite Sentinel Project report "Evidence of SAF Deployment in South Kordofan," produced in collaboration with DigitalGlobe and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

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DigitalGlobe satellite image of outpost near Muglad, South Kordofan, Sudan. January 12, 2011. From the Satellite Sentinel Project report Evidence of SAF Deployment in South Kordofan, produced in collaboration with DigitalGlobe and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

First Satellite Images Available of SAF Troop Deployments Near Sudan's Volatile North-South Border

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has confirmed that the Sudanese Armed Forces, or SAF, has deployed company-sized units of troops equipped with light armor and artillery in areas of South Kordofan around the oil-producing Abyei region and other strategic areas along Sudan’s volatile North-South border. However, the project’s first report also indicates that the SAF troops do not appear prepared for imminent forward movement.

The Promise of Peace and the Power of Satellite Imagery

With my iPad, I can peer each morning at the latest high-resolution imagery of Sudan, captured by DigitalGlobe's constellation of satellites, from 450-700 kilometers (280-435 miles) above Earth, hurtling at 17,000 MPH ground speed. You can see some of these amazing images, too, in the Satellite Sentinel Project's first report, released today.

Abyei, Calm But Tense, Could Cause Ripple of Instability in Region

As my colleague Matt Brown pointed out last week, Southern Kordofan Governor Ahmed Haroun has been an interesting character to watch in the recent talks to quell violence in the contested Abyei region. Did this man, wanted by the International Criminal Court for allegedly orchestrating war crimes in Darfur, have a change of heart? Maybe not.

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