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Sitrep: Explosions in Khartoum

Explosions in Khartoum

At approximately 12:30 a.m. local time on October 24, 2012, a series of explosions
rocked Sudan’s capital, Khartoum.

Within 20 minutes of the conflagration, the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP,
communicated with eyewitnesses on the ground, who reported seeing flames, smoke,
and “many explosions” in the Al Shagara neighborhood of southern Khartoum in
the vicinity of an oil storage facility, a military depot, and an ammunitions plant. SSP
received reports that the sky was “red from fireballs,” and that three fighter jets were
“flying fast around southern Khartoum, to the northwest and northeast,” as a fourth,
larger plane flew to the northeast at a much higher altitude.

Satellite Imagery of Explosions at Sudan Arms Plant ‘Consistent with Craters Created by Air-Delivered Munitions’

WASHINGTON – The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, has released a comparative analysis of before-and-after DigitalGlobe imagery of the arms factory in the Khartoum, Sudan, which exploded and caught fire at approximately 12:30 a.m. on October 24.

SSP states that the imagery shows six large craters, each approximately 16 meters across and consistent with impact craters created by air-delivered munitions, centered in a location where, until recently, some 40 shipping containers had been stacked.

President Mbeki’s Moment: A Stand for Peace in the Two Sudans

Posted by Lexi Britton

Today the Enough Project released its first policy brief in a series focusing on the international community’s extraordinary opportunity to help support peace within and between the two Sudans. The brief discusses the need for the mediator, former South African president Thabo Mbeki, and the African Union to take bold and specific actions to marshal the governments of Sudan and South Sudan closer to arrangements that promote sustainable peace. 

Compromising with Evil: An archival history of greater Sudan, 2007 – 2012

Editor's Note: The result of years of research, Sudan specialist and professor Eric Reeves today published a new eBook entitled Compromising with Evil that serves as a comprehensive archive of the atrocities committed in Sudan over the past five years. In this guest blog post Reeves explains the motivations behind the project.

Op-ed: Crimes against humanity in South Kordofan and Blue Nile

Posted by Renata Rendón

This piece originally appeared on The Hill's Congress blog

New Report: Starvation Warfare in South Kordofan’s Nuba Mountains

Posted by Tracy Fehr

As the humanitarian crisis unfolds in Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, international humanitarian organizations have not been able to assess the nutrition and food security situation in these areas… until now. For the first time since 2011—when the government of Sudan banned all international humanitarian aid organizations from operating in the two states—an independent rapid food security and nutrition assessment has been conducted in South Kordofan state.

In the News: 'Now, we have evidence that demands attention and accountability'

Major news outlets all over the world helped spread the word of ongoing atrocities in Sudan yesterday through their coverage of the Satellite Sentinel Project’s, or SSP’s, most recent report “Cameras on the Battlefield: Multimedia Confirmation of the Razing of Gardud al Badry, South Kordofan, Sudan” and corresponding video, “Village Burning, Torture in the Nuba Mountains: Naim's Story.”

The blog post associated with the report was re-tweeted by The New York Times’ Nick Kristof to his 1.3 million followers.

Cameras on the Battlefield: The Satellite Sentinel Project Reports

The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, released a multimedia package today presenting evidence that Sudan’s notoriously brutal Central Reserve Police, also known as “Abu Tira,” participated in, and filmed, the systematic burning and looting of the Nuba Mountains village of Gardud al Badry in the war-torn region of South Kordofan, Sudan.  

Cameras on the Battlefield: Multimedia Confirmation of the Razing of Gardud al Badry, South Kordofan, Sudan (Report)

Camera on the Battlefield

A newly discovered video obtained by a group of Sudanese journalists with Nuba Reports and analyzed by the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, confirms that  the government of Sudan is continuing its campaign of violence against  its own civilians through joint operations of army, militia, and police forces that are committing war crimes and recording them on cell phone cameras.

Intelligence Community Honors DigitalGlobe with Award for Satellite Sentinel Project Collaboration

Earlier this week, at the 2012 GEOINT Symposium—the nation’s largest intelligence event—the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, or USGIF, honored DigitalGlobe and the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, with the 2012 Industry Intelligence Achievement Award. This was part of the USGIF Awards Program that annually recognizes the exceptional work of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft’s brightest minds. The award winners are nominated by organizations within the field of geospatial intelligence, known as GEOINT.

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