The SPLA-North has pushed the Sudan Armed Forces out of a strategic town deep in the Nuba Mountains, ensuring the short-term safety of rebel political capital, Kauda.

Already the most violent and active fighting season on record, battles continue for key towns across the Nuba Mountains.

On January 16th, SPLA-North forces launched a full frontal assault on the town of Angartu, just 20 kilometers east of Kauda. “We waited until we got close to them and that is when we attacked and pushed them out and gathered the guns and ammo they left behind,” said SPLA-North Sergeant Hisam Khamis. After around four hours of intense fighting with infantry and mobile units – mainly machine-gun mounted technical trucks – sources in the rebel army say the government forces retreated to positions in and around Talodi. […]