December 16, 2010 4:34 PM

Southern Sudan awaits independence, perhaps more violence

Hidden behind a cluster of mud huts on the banks of Sudan's White Nile, youthful soldiers perch atop Soviet-era battle tanks and anti-aircraft-mounted trucks, the dark contours of their faces a wavy blur under the midday sun. They're members of Southern Sudan's military, a rebel army that waged 20 years of guerrilla warfare against Sudan's northern government. But today, these young men are neither fighting a rebellion nor have they laid down their arms.

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