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Sudanese President Orders RSF to Handle Mercenaries, Insurgents | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) march during the inauguration in Khartoum, Sudan, May 13, 2017 (Xinhua/Mohamed Babiker)

Khartoum- Speaking at a Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) graduation ceremony in Khartoum, Sudan, President Omar Al Bashir on Saturday directed RSF troops to confront tribal conflicts in Darfur region and resolve them peacefully or militarily.

The RSF was given a presidential order on immediately intervening to curb what Al Bashir labeled a security risk and intertribal conflict. Later on, protesting to national peace, mercenaries and grouped militias vowed not to be defeated.

The RSF is a Sudanese paramilitary force operated by the Sudanese Government. For technical and administrative purposes the RSF is administered by the National Intelligence and Security Service, although during military operations it is commanded by the Sudanese Armed Forces(SAF).

Al Bashir attended what was virtually the initiation of the largest batch of RSF forces, amounting to 11,428. Al Bashir said the graduation of this batch is a show of force to frighten enemies. He described the RSF as the ’strong muscle’ of national armed forces.

In his speech, al Bashir voiced appreciation towards efforts spent by the RSF on realizing peace and stability in the country, and eliminating insurgency in south Kordofan, citing as example the battles of Funga and Goz Dango in Darfur.

Al Bashir hailed the role played by the RSF in securing borders and fighting human trafficking, drugs and smuggling of arms, affirming the taskforce preparedness to decisively deal with all those conspiring against Sudan.

Noting that Sudan is a country for all, Al Bashir said that Sudan has exerted great efforts for realizing peace, adding that agreements were signed, national dialogue conducted, and societal dialogue between the sons of Sudan and the National Accord Government was formed, ushering a new era welcoming all those who desire peace.

Al Bashir warned all those who reject peace that the SAF along with the RSF are ready to deliver Sudanese people a Sudan free from insurgency and mercenaries.