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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of central Sudan southwest of Khartoum. Founded in the 1820s, it is an important transshipment center. Population: 393,000.


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  • "Satellite Sentinel Project has identified Sudan armed forces, those of the northern armies, massing near the contested border area of Abyei with heavy armour and artillery and tanks at a place called El Obeid - there's a barracks there," he told the BBC's World Today programme.

    BBC News - Home

  • And additionally we see planes at the El Obeid airstrip, said Nathaniel Raymond, director of operations at the Satellite Sentinel Project at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

    Satellite Images Confirm Northern Sudanese Attacks

  • New image“It shows approximately a battalion size force of tanks, infantry - several platoons - and 13 artillery pieces with fighting vehicles assembled at the El Obeid barracks about 270 miles north of Abyei ,” said Nathaniel Raymond, director of operations at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative for the Satellite Sentinel Project.

    Satellite Spots Large Build-Up of Northern Sudanese Forces

  • They showed Sudan Armed Forces positioned around Abyei, including warplanes on the ground in El Obeid, some 435 kilometers away.

    Satellite Spots Large Build-Up of Northern Sudanese Forces

  • The report almost went out with a photo of the reservoir, which had a herd of camels standing belly deep in the water, bearing the caption, “In El Obeid, the water is extracted from theturds.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Tortoise Interference

  • The capital of Kordofan, El Obeid was stocked with the profits of the slave and ivory trades.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • When the Mahdi caught smugglers bringing food to El Obeid, he cut off their right hands, tied the stumps to their necks, and paraded them around his camp.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • They were to divert south towards rumored supplies of fresh water, and then loop round to attack El Obeid from the south.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • At dawn on September 8, as Garnet Wolseley edged toward Tel el-Kebir, the garrison at El Obeid squinted into the rising sun and saw the glitter of thousands of spearheads pouring toward their eastern flank.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • The Mahdi mounted the heads of Hicks and his officers on the walls of El Obeid.

    Three Empires on the Nile


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