Sudan rebels unite after leader killed (27/12/2011)
(News 24) Anti-Sudan government forces in a "revolutionary front" pledged unity on Monday despite the killing of a top rebel, but an analyst dismissed their goal of toppling the Khartoum regime. Three rebel factions which had formed an alliance with the Darfur-based Justice and Equality Movement said the death of JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim will not deter them from their mission to overthrow President Omar al-Bashir. JEM on Sunday night announced the killing of Ibrahim, 54, saying he died in a government air strike on his camp. The Sudanese army said Ibrahim was wounded on Thursday evening in a clash with government forces in Umm-Gozain, an area of North Kordofan state near North Darfur, and died on Saturday evening. A JEM spokesperson said he was killed early on Friday. The rebels say they are in a struggle for "democracy and civil rights" against an Arab-dominated regime unrepresentative of the country's political, ethnic and religious diversity. When it confirmed Ibrahim's death, JEM also vowed to press on with its agenda for national reform.
Source: (News 24 dated 27th December 2011)