Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

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1999

Jan. 28: State television reported that the army had launched an offensive against the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) forces in Blue Nile Province, killing 147 fighters and capturing an SPLA base in Boing. [1/29 FBIS]

Feb. 8: Chemists, working for lawyers representing Salih `Idris, the owner of the Al-Shifa factory that was the target of a US attack in August 1998, found no traces of chemical weapon compounds at the factory site. [2/9 NYT]

Feb. 21: State television quoted President `Umar Hasan al-Bashir as stating that he was ready to let the south secede if that would end the 15-year civil war. [2/22 WP]

Mar. 5: Foreign Minister Mustafa `Usman Isma`il accused the SPLA of kidnapping seven members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Bentin, in Upper Nile Province, on 17 February. [3/6 NYT, 3/8 FBIS]

Mar. 6: The SPLA decided to release four of the ICRC workers they had abducted. The SPLA reported that they could not release the remaining three abductees because they were Sudanese government employees. …

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