Sudan: July 7, 2000

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The surprise SPLA offensive continues as the guerrillas claimed to have captured the town of Maban while killing 185 pro-Khartoum troops. An SPLA spokesman told western journalists that the SPLA intends to take control of the Adareel oilfields. The spokesman said Maban had a government garrison of 1100 troops. The spokesman said a "militia unit" from the Popular Democratic Front (PDF) participated in the SPLA action. The PDF is loyal to Riek Machar, a former SPLA leader who in early 2000 reached a peace agreement with Khartoum. It looks like that "side deal" has been broken and Machar is back in the SPLA.

 

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