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Craghopper
30th September 2007, 14:15
Rebels storm Darfur peacekeeper base; 12 killed
Deadliest attack so far on African Union force; several soldiers wounded

Updated: 8:17 a.m. ET Sept. 30, 2007
DURAIJ, Sudan - A large force of rebels stormed an African Union peacekeeping base in Darfur, killing at least a dozen soldiers and wounding several others in the biggest attack on the mission so far, the AU said Sunday.

More than 50 AU peacekeepers and support personnel are missing in action since the attack on the base in northern Darfur just after sunset on Saturday.

“This is the heaviest loss of life and the biggest attack on the African Union mission,” said AU spokesman Noureddine Mezni, who could not confirm the casualty figures because the fighting was ongoing.

Officers in the AU force said that a force of 1,000 rebels from the Sudan Liberation Army stormed the AU base in the town of Haskanita just after the sunset fastbreaking meal during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“There is a war going on between the rebels and the government, and the AU is crunched in the middle,” said a senior AU officer who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Darfur rebels have grown increasingly hostile to the AU peacekeepers saying the force is not neutral and is favoring the government side. There have been several ambushes of AU forces in the past year on AU force blamed on rebels.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21060507/

GoneToTheCanner
30th September 2007, 18:25
Hi there
Start by bombing Khartoum's infrastructure.Bring the Sudanese govt to the table by force.Then bomb the rebels.Take the yanks and the rest out of Eye-rak and drop them on Darfur.Boot the rebel trash back to the South by force.Strip the camps of guns by killing anyone found holding a gun.Freeze every external Sudanese bank account.When their wallets cry out, they'll stop killing innocents.
regards
GttC

hedgehog
30th September 2007, 19:35
Hi there
Start by bombing Khartoum's infrastructure.Bring the Sudanese govt to the table by force.Then bomb the rebels.Take the yanks and the rest out of Eye-rak and drop them on Darfur.Boot the rebel trash back to the South by force.Strip the camps of guns by killing anyone found holding a gun.Freeze every external Sudanese bank account.When their wallets cry out, they'll stop killing innocents.
regards
GttC

even better

tackle the problem at its head

impose sanctions on China

remove the olympic games from them

failing that, every civilised COuntry should boycott it

kick China off the security council

but do something about China

Goldie fish
30th September 2007, 21:00
Good idea, but the fact they have the greatest proportion of the worlds population, they may have something to say about it.

hedgehog
30th September 2007, 21:05
Good idea, but the fact they have the greatest proportion of the worlds population, they may have something to say about it.

fkuc them

turbocalves
30th September 2007, 21:53
fkuc them

or nuke them..... long live curtis le may.


though seriously what have the chinese to do with this???? (cos i dont know)

concussion
30th September 2007, 21:56
Big oil and armaments deals.

GoneToTheCanner
1st October 2007, 14:12
Absolutely right,HH.Nothing a Chinese premier would hate more than to have to suffer an Olympic boycott.The loss of face would be enormous.But, sadly, the spineless UN will hum and haw and do nothing...
regards
GttC

ex pat 007
3rd October 2007, 00:40
Good idea, but the fact they have the greatest proportion of the worlds population, they may have something to say about it.

When they have sufficient sea or airlift to move them anywhere I'll listen.

Goldie fish
3rd October 2007, 00:53
All they have to do is jump up and down at the same time and we are fcuked.

Craghopper
3rd October 2007, 20:33
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5g...gdmrQD8S1RHNO1

PARIS (AP) — About 3,000 European security forces could start deploying to Chad and Central African Republic next month to protect hundreds of thousands of refugees and other civilians caught up in the spillover from the Darfur conflict, French officials said.

The U.N. Security Council authorized the force last week in New York. It will help improve security, facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and protect civilians in danger, particularly refugees and displaced persons. The mission was authorized under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which allows the use of military force.

The European forces are expected to start deploying at the beginning of November, becoming at least partially operational by the middle of the month, a French official said. The official said the operation would coincide with the start of the long-awaited deployment, expected this month, of a 26,000-member joint African Union-UN force in Darfur itself.

Calls for the Darfur force to deploy have intensified since a weekend attack in which rebels overran an AU peacekeeping base in northern Darfur, killing 10 in the deadliest attack on the AU force since it arrived in the region three years ago.

The joint AU-UN force was to absorb the 7,000-member AU force, which has long been seen as too small and weak to be effective.

The Darfur conflict began when ethnic African rebels took up arms against the Arab-dominated Sudanese government, accusing it of decades of neglect. Sudan's government is accused of retaliating by unleashing a militia of Arab nomads known as the janjaweed — a charge it denies.

More than 200,000 people have been killed in four years of violence.

The United Nations' refugee agency estimates that about 3 million people have been uprooted in the region by the fighting in Darfur and unrelated rebellions in Chad and the Central African Republic. The majority — some 2.25 million — are Darfurians displaced within Darfur.

Eastern and southern Chad also host some 450,000 internally displaced people and refugees from Darfur and Central African Republic, while 2,600 Darfurians have fled to northern Central African Republic, already home to more than 200,000 internally displaced people.

Around half of the 3,000 troops in the European Union force would be French, said officials in Paris who gave details Wednesday on condition that they not be identified, in accordance with their policy. France already has troops in the region supporting Chad's government, which is facing its own rebellion, leading some aid workers to question whether the force will be seen as neutral.

French efforts to ensure the troops come from all over Europe, with a non-French commander, are aimed at dispelling notions that the operation is really aimed at shoring up France's interests in Africa, where it still wields considerable influence as a former colonial power.

About a dozen countries have said they also would be interested in contributing to the force, the French official said. A formal EU decision to deploy the troops will likely come in mid-October, after which the precise makeup will be finalized, he added.

Irish Defense Minister Willie O'Dea said his Cabinet has approved the appointment of Maj. Gen. Pat Nash, deputy chief of staff of the Irish army, to command the mission.

O'Dea said Ireland was also committing a 300-member unit. Irish Defense Forces Commandant Gavin Young said two Irish officers would be part of a small European advance mission leaving Oct. 11 for Paris, eastern Chad and Central African Republic.

Sweden, Poland and Belgium are offering between 100 to 200 troops each, one of the French officials said. Other contributing nations were not identified but could also supply troops, air power or other support.

The U.N. resolution also calls for a maximum of 300 U.N. international police and 50 military liaison officers to deploy to Chad and Central African Republic, as well as "an appropriate number of civilian personnel."

thebig C
5th October 2007, 19:39
In an interview in today's Irish Times, the UN's Head of Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno complains that European countries have been slow in offering personnel and proper equipment for the Darfur mission.... "We absolutely need mobile, well-equipped forces with close air support, and solid transport units. I think it is vital that Europe steps up to the plate on that, otherwise you're going to have a contrast between an improving situation in Chad and a deteriorating situation in Darfur."

Is there a role for the Defence Forces in Darfur?

GoneToTheCanner
5th October 2007, 21:54
hi there
imagine if that headline had read, "Rebels kill 12 Irish, 50 Irish MIA"....we still haven't gotten over the Congo or the Leb dead...I'd rather we sent our men aboroad with a clear mandate to respond to force with force and the arms to back themselves up.
regards
GttC