Kalandi garrison falls to SPLA

Monday, June 18, 2001
from an SPLM/A Press Release

The SPLA Forces of the 4th Front, Nuba Mountains, continued their counter military offensive with the capture of another Government of Sudan (GOS) military garrison. The 27th SPLA Brigade under the direct command of Captain Jagod Makuar and overall command of Cdr. Ismail Khamis Jalab attacked and captured Kalandi enemy garrison in Deliny county 48 miles south of the Rahad Muglad railway station and 106 miles from El-Obeid. The garrison fell on June 9th 2001.

The Kalandi garrison was part of Battalion 199, Brigade 90, of the enemy forces that have been ravaging the Nuba Mountains since 1986 to date. The enemy casualties were nine killed while the rest fled in disarray. The garrison commander Lt. Mohammed Ali Abdalla and some of his soldiers were taken prisoners of War.

This yearís dry season military offensive in the Nuba Mountains started last October. The NIF Generals in Khartoum had earlier informed Omar el Beshir that this was going to be the end of the SPLA resistance. But the SPLA forces in the Nuba Mountains managed to repulse the enemy advances on five fronts on June 2nd, 2001.

The strategy which Omar el Beshir adopted to finish the SPLA is to neutralize both the Nuba Mountains and Southern Blue Nile after which he will then concentrate all his forces to crush the SPLA in Southern Sudan. Omar el Beshir doesnít regard the Nuba People as having any genuine cause to fight for.