The SPLA has teamed up with another rebel group, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-which includes the Beja Congress Armed Forces-and their joint offensives have overrun army garrisons in a drive westward from Ethiopia and Eritrea. These joint operations have posed the greatest threat to the Khartoum regime to date.
The NDA-based in Asmara, Eritrea-is moving to cut off Khartoum's access to the Red Sea. They've captured some towns in the east and pose a threat to hydroelectric projects in both Roseires and Kassala. A number of Sudanese opposition groups, with CIA support, are training their forces at camps in Eritrea. It is expected all of the camps will soon be united under the command of the NDA's leader, General Fathi Ahmed Ali. Eritrea makes no secret of its support for the rebels. Asmara cut ties with Khartoum in December 1994. To rub it in Sudan leader Omar al-Bashir's face, Eritrea gave the former Sudanese embassy to Sudanese rebels for use as a headquarters.