Sudan Declares State of Emergency

    Sudanese soldiers cheer during a visit by Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha in Damazin, capital of the Blue Nile state, Sudan, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. The vice president paid a visit to the region, recently plagued by violence, to assess the readiness of the Sudanese army and its capacity to defeat the insurgency and the rebel attack that has occurred in the region, visited wounded soldiers and visited markets to check the stability of the city's population.(AP Photo/Abd Raouf)

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    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir declared a state of emergency Sunday along his country's border with South Sudan. Sudan is reported to have engaged in at least one aerial strike in the region Sunday, after Dafallah ElHaj Ali Osman, the country’s ambassador to the United Nations, justified air strikes against South Sudanese forces in an interview with a state news agency. A journalist who spoke to CNN reported coming under heavy fire from Sudanese helicopters and fighter jets while traveling with South Sudanese soldiers in the region Sunday. Violence between the two countries was reignited this month as they clashed over an oil-rich border region.

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