Rapid support forces are the NCP recycled Janjaweed Militias under the Command of Hemeti

Rapid support forces are the NCP recycled Janjaweed Militias under the Command of Hemeti

By Mahmoud A. Suleiman

Rapid Support Forces (RSF) is the nickname for the same infamous notorious Janjaweed militias that the National Congress Party (NCP) regime utilised as a proxy to commit the heinous crimes of war, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur in the years 2004-2005. It is a substitute for the proper name Janjaweed or it is just a misnomer for disinformation and deception. The real name Janjaweed would alienate and associates it with the reprehensible crimes perpetrated against the people of Sudan in Darfur.

The alleged (RSF) is the recycled Janjaweed militia representing the arm of the (NCP) regime’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) for quelling the rebellion and suppressing revolution and civil disobedience and committing a second wave of genocide in Darfur.
The joint Hybrid United Nations and African Union Mission to Darfur (UNAMID has been erased  the term Janjaweed from its official reports under the bullying tactics of coaxing and intimidation of the NCP régime, according to the “Special Interview” of Ms. Aisha al-Basri, former UNAMID spokesperson with the al-Arabiya Television Channel in April 2014. Now, the two more pleasant/desirous terms of Rapid Support Force (RSF) and Rapid Respond Force (RRF) replaced the revolting/repulsive Word Janjaweed. That Intrigue failed to fool neither the acumen of the Sudanese citizens nor the regional and global media.

These forces operate as an arm for the security service that replaced the Sudanese armed forces (SAF) which the NCP regime has increasing doubts about their loyalty, sincerity and obviously has no full trust in it. The RSF Commander Major General Abbas Abdul-Aziz said in a televised statement that the majority of the members in the (RSF/RRF) are Darfurians who usually adored military service and love engaging in the armed forces. That formal statement of the Major GeneralAbdul-Aziz confirms that the constitution of the (RSF) formed essentially by the infamous Janjaweed militias. By the way this Major General Abbas Abdul-Aziz is from the town of Matamma, in the Northern Nilotic region. He is a person entrusted by Omer al-Bashir as a close relative. Furthermore, Abdul-Aziz is a NISS officer and his leadership for the (RSF) is more ceremonial. As a proof for that, Abdul-Aziz refrained from speaking about the accusations made against the leader of the National Umma Party (NUP) instead Hemeti or his double/impostor ordered to condemn the statements attributed to the (NUP) and saying that the allegations against his (RSF) are bags of lies. He shouted in anger at the press conference. Consequently, leader on the (RSF) Abdul-Aziz has been relieved from the critical responsibility and embarrassment of getting involved in the condemnation of the National Umma Party leader.. Thus, Hemeti played the role of his master’s voice through the NCP Media outlet.

The formation of the (RSF) followed the statement of the fugitive from the international justice, the Génocidaire the NCP President, Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir who declared that his SAF will put an end to insurgency/Rebellion before the end of the year 2013/2014 through the so-called ‘Hot Summer Plan’. Accordingly, the NCP regime sought improving its relationship with the Janjaweed leader Mohammed HamdanDaglo, better known as Hemeti. Hemeti

 descends from the Mahiriya branch of the Northern Rizeigat Arabs Tribe. He used to blame the NCP regime for the preferential treatment of his archrival  Musa Abdalla Hilal, who descends from the Um Jalloul branch of the Northern Rizeigat Tribal group and occupies the position of Advisor to al-Bashir at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum. At this juncture, one has make the following note; We must acknowledge and admit here that the two tribes Mahariya and Um Jalloul are respected and honored tribal groups in Darfur who have Native Administrations under the leadership of their Sheikhs who worked tirelessly to repair the social fabric of  the components of the Darfur tribes. But unfortunately figures or members of them, such as Musa Hilal and Mohammed Hamdan favoured involvement in crime under the lure of money and jobs and allowed themselves to be exploited by the Government of National Congress Party (NCP) tohurt their fellow citizens and their neighbors.. Thus, the NCP regime accepted all the conditions of Hemeti in lieu for counter-insurgency campaign in Darfur. As expected, his unleashed troops went berserk, burning 35 villages in the south east of Nyala. The villages targeted include Hijer Tunjo, Afouna, Baraka Tuli, Tukumari, Um Gounja, Thani Dileiba, and Hameidia. The so-called (RSF) militias, in addition, looted traders’ properties, indiscriminately killing unarmed civilians, terrorizing and displacing the survivors into the middle of nowhere, besides other heinous crimes including rape. It worth noting that the same (RSF) militia led by Hemeti committed atrocities in North Kordofan especially in the capital El-Obeid. However, his militias suffered crushing defeats at the hand of the Sudanese Revolutionary Forces (SRF) represented by the Sudanese Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). The (RSF) led by Hemeti decided after the defeats to head to Darfur for a revenge by wreaking havoc targeting the civilian populations rather than facing the armed Darfuri rebels. TheJanjaweed militias in their modern version are given the new name of (RSF/RRF). Hemeti is very similar to the previous Janjaweed leader, Shukralla who was killed in a battle with the Darfuri rebels. Abbas Abdu-Aziz the close aides of Omer al-Bashir who climbed fast to the top was the mastermind in mobilizing the Janjaweed militia under the new title (RSF). Major General Abbas Abdul Aziz played the role of Comparsa in this setting. The word Comparsa is an Italian word in the movies indicating a person who plays a secondary marginal role in the film. He has used Hemeti and the ilk as tools and proxies as the usual policy of the NCP regime in dealing with the Darfur issue.


On a related subject that is not possible to bypass is the U.N.-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)’s silence of reporting the heinous crimes committed by the Janjaweed militias and the mercenaries that the (NCP) regime brought from the neighbouring West African States and deployed in Darfur for its new wave of Genocide. The World will continue wondering as to why the inaction of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over the silence of (UNAMID) in reporting the atrocities it witnesses.




Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is the Deputy Chairman of the General Congress for Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). He can be reached at mahmoud.abaker@gmail.com


Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is also an author, columnist and a blogger. His blog is https://thussudan.wordpress.com/


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