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.

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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 :

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!

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