Convoy: Evidence of Heavy Sudan Armed Forces Activity in Kadugli, South Kordofan
DigitalGlobe satellite imagery captured 4 July 2011 for the Satellite Sentinel Project report "Convoy: Evidence of Heavy Military Activity in Kadugli, South Kordofan."

The Satellite Sentinel Project has identified an apparent convoy of Sudan Armed Forces vehicles and towed artillery, stretching over two kilometers and consistent with an infantry unit of at least regiment size -- equal to approximately 1,000 troops -- in Kadugli, capital of Sudan's conflict-ridden border region of South Kordofan. The apparent convoy is pointed north, although its origin, destination and total length remain unknown.

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery captured on July 4 identifies three SAF aircraft at the Kadugli airfield, including an Antonov -- a Russian-built plane of a type used by SAF in bombing campaigns -- and two Hind helicopter gunships. The presence of the helicopter gunships corroborates reports that SAF has used helicopters to hunt Nuba people in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan. Also visible at the Kadugli airfield is an Ilyushin Il-76, a Russian-built cargo plane of a type used to transport heavy equipment.
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