News

Sudan's Bashir Escalates Threat of War Against South

Supporters wave Sudanese flags as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir addresses supporters during a rally at the ruling National Congress Party headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, April 18, 2012.
Supporters wave Sudanese flags as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir addresses supporters during a rally at the ruling National Congress Party headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, April 18, 2012.

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is threatening war against South Sudan, as fighting continues along the two countries' border.

On Wednesday, Bashir vowed to crush South Sudan's government, likening the South's ruling SPLM party to an insect.

Addressing another rally Thursday, he said Sudan will teach the South's government "a lesson by force," and vowed to retake the oil-producing town of Heglig, which southern forces occupied last week.

Bashir added that "Heglig is not the end, but the beginning."

The U.S., China, and other world powers have called on Sudan and South Sudan to stop fighting and resume peace talks - so far with little effect.


The countries' troops battled Tuesday night near the town of Meiram, located in Sudan's Southern Kordofan state. South Sudan's military spokesman, Philip Aguer, reported more fighting along the border Thursday.

The two countries have been unable to resolve disputes over borders, oil, and citizenship issues stemming from the south's independence last July. South Sudan shut down all oil production because of a dispute over transit fees to use the north's pipeline and port.

Currently, Sudan is demanding the South withdraw from Heglig, while South Sudan has condemned Sudan for a series of airstrikes. The countries have also accused each other of supporting rebels on each other's territory.

Starting in the 1980s, north and south Sudan fought a 21-year civil war that eventually led to southern autonomy and independence.

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: maliah orino
April 20, 2012 6:22 AM
according to the british colonial during 1956 on the first independence heglige is a part of borde in south sudan considering the division in between the town countries by british .rather than calling us an insects !remember we are a type of an insects which have function on our country we have no in you rather we are very important insects for others country who like to eat good insects depending on their nice colour.for this i love my country south sudan

by: faza Gabriel
April 20, 2012 5:52 AM
omer el bashire you are calling south sudanese us an insect! thus why insect are cheathing you from Heglige? this Heglige land its NOT apart of North Sudan ! its a land of south sudan ! insulting is better then Action please !

by: modernsage
April 19, 2012 11:22 AM
This madman Bashir should be in jail.He has slaughtered millions of black Africans and he has not stopped.There was haste to arrest Charles Taylor and the other Seirra Leone president ,who had refused to concede an election.There was haste to kill Kaddafi who had been more useful to Africans than this Bashir fool.So why is this fool,being given a free pass to continue the genocide.Why?WHy?WHY?There is an outstanding warrant for his arrest.When do they plan on enforcing it?I

by: Thicked Off
April 19, 2012 8:56 AM
Misery is the hallmark of Africans. These two Sudans have tremendous social problems that requires their respective government's immediate attention, more so in South Sudan. Instead of spending their resources on nation building they have chosen to engage in war, which will require more resources down the road. South Sudan invading North is uncalled for, and needs to be condemned by everyone. South Sudan is another sad case of Liberation Front taking the wrong path.

by: Michael Manak
April 19, 2012 8:38 AM
The map of Panthou (Heglig) above is not correct, that is the version of Khartoum. However, Panthou is directly Northeast of Abyei. Verify this by visiting this website : www.rumbekcommunity.com

by: James Ruei Majok
April 19, 2012 8:22 AM
Why sudan President is crying while his forces are still with him .whom will be blame for capture of Hegliy oil field.please Mr Bashir give south sudanese thier what they are claming like Hegliy and Karasana area and than you will stay free with out bothering from people of Republic of south sudan.

by: Kissa Dorank almoros
April 19, 2012 7:38 AM
The time has come to get rid of the regime of criminals and massacres of millions of victims of innocent Sudanese! UN and the world have to be honest in dealing with Sudan great crises instead of rewarding Omer Bashir's regime for more millions of victims! It hasn't only the South Sudan been crying and alerting for Northern Sudan air bombings, but the people of Blue Nile, Darfur and South Kordofan united in SPLM North for regime change the same as Libyans have done or as Syrians have been doing!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thoughti
X
George Putic
May 26, 2015 9:26 PM
Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
Video

Video US-led Coalition Gives Some Weapons to Iraqi Troops

In a video released Tuesday from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Iraqi forces and U.S.-led coalition troops survey a cache of weapons supplied to help Iraq liberate Mosul from Islamic State group. According to a statement provided with the video, the ministry and the U.S.-led coaltion troops have started ''supplying the 16th army division with medium and light weapons in preparation to liberate Mosul and nearby areas from Da'esh (Arabic acronym for Islamic State group).''
Video

Video Amnesty International: 'Overwhelming Evidence' of War Crimes in Ukraine

Human rights group Amnesty International says there is overwhelming evidence of ongoing war crimes in Ukraine, despite a tentative cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels. Researchers interviewed more than 30 prisoners from both sides of the conflict and all but one said they were tortured. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Washington Parade Honors Those Killed Serving in US Military

Every year, on the last Monday in the month of May, millions of Americans honor the memories of those killed while serving in the armed forces. Memorial Day is a tradition that dates back to the 19th Century. While many people celebrate the federal holiday with a barbecue and a day off from work, for those who’ve served in the military, it’s a special day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Arash Arabasadi reports for VOA from Washington.
Video

Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.
Video

Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
Video

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.
Video

Video On Film: How Dance Defies Iran's Political Oppression

'Desert Dancer' by filmmaker Richard Raymond is based on the true story of a group of young Iranians, who form an underground dance troupe in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is the latest in a genre of films that focus on dance as a form of freedom of expression against political oppression and social injustice. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Turkey's Ruling Party Trying to Lure Voters in Opposition Stronghold

Turkey’s AK (Justice and Development) Party is seeking a fourth successive general election victory, with the goal of securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament to rewrite the constitution and change the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one. To achieve that, the party will need to win seats in opposition strongholds like the western city of Izmir. Dorian Jones reports.
Video

Video Millions Flock to Ethiopia Polls

Millions of Ethiopians cast their votes Sunday in the first national election since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles' party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, is almost certain of victory again. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Addis Ababa.

VOA Blogs