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Sudan Leader Orders Disarmament of Militia

Sudan’s president, under international pressure to end killings of civilians in the western Darfur region, said the armed forces will disarm the Arab militias blamed for what the United Nations has called a humanitarian crisis. President Omar el-Bashir said in a statement Saturday said he was ordering a “complete mobilization” of all Sudanese army and security forces to disarm all Darfur’s warring parties, including the janjaweed — nomadic Arab militia that the government has been accused of supporting. Fighting between Arab militias and the black African population has killed thousands of people and forced more than 1 million to flee their homes. International rights groups say the government has backed the Arab militia in an ethnic cleansing campaign against the African villagers. Full Story

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