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SAF attack SPLA position in Panakuach, Unity state


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

April 29, 2012 (BENTIU) - The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) launched an attack on a South Sudan army (SPLA) position in Panakuach, Unity state, leaving four injured on Sunday. The event was witnessed by a group of visiting journalists.

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Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers drive in a truck on the frontline in Panakuach on April 24. (Goran Tomasevic / Reuters)

Speaking to Sudan Tribune on Sunday, the SPLA’s 4th division commander, James Gatduel Gatluak, confirmed the SAF attack, describing it as a violation of the international community’s calls for a cessation of hostilities between Juba and Khartoum, through peaceful negotiation.

Gatluak added that South Sudan is willing to engage in peace talks with its northern neighbour and that Juba’s policy is to avoid conflict, but would act in self-defence if necessary. Juba, he added, is still waiting for the international community to respond to SAF’s attacks.

This was a reiteration of comments made by South Sudan’s vice president, Riek Machar, on 23 April. Machar said that South Sudan was for a peaceful resolution to the border conflict with neighbouring Sudan but warned that should Khartoum continue with its acts of aggression, Juba will respond in kind.

Gatluak described Sunday’s events as the fourth such attack carried out by SAF since the SPLA withdrew from the contested, oil-producing Heglig.

The UN, African Union (AU), European Union (EU), US and other members of the international community have condemned Juba’s occupation of the oil-rich area and called for an immediate withdrawal.

If SAF continues to attack South Sudan, the SPLA will re-occupy Heglig, Gatluak said. He added the international community must "mark this very clear, they shouldn’t blame us again because the South Sudan government honored the request and still the Sudanese government do not give ear to the world."

Previous bombing raids in Unity State have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon; UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy; and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson.

Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir on 23 April said that the time for discussion was over and that Juba only understood armed conflict.

Khartoum and Juba blame one-another for the damage incurred to the Heglig oil infrastructure.


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  • 30 April 2012 12:38, by Mi diit

    General Gatduel Gatluak should be given the order he waits for to re-occupy Panthou/Heglig as Khartoum understands only the bullet language.

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    • 30 April 2012 12:47, by Mi diit

      Khartoum bombing of Heglig oil facilities indicate that the area doesn’t belong to them. SPLA withdrew voluntarily and can re-enter the town any time. All-out final war is VERY likely as prophesied no matter what.

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      • 1 May 2012 00:49, by General B

        First of all,I thank all Southerners for understanding together for other Arabs’ war. South Sudanese know Arabs’ ideology,so Arabs need to invade South Sudan as their land as you all comments.Indeed,South Sudan Army is very strong that cannot be defeated by Bashir forces at anytime. Coming to the topic, South Sudan forces have to use wise visions to see who are behind Bashir forces first. Thanks

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    • 30 April 2012 13:03, by Ran Nathdial

      You are right Mi Diit. Gatduel Gatluak should b given his orders to recapture Panthou as promptly as possible. So that those Khartm gangs ’re not echoing threats against S. Sudan.

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    • 30 April 2012 13:13, by Ran Nathdial

      Gatduel. How can u wait 4 orders while S. Sudan VP warned so many times that should Khartm attacks our positions, we ’ll reoccupied Panthou.

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    • 1 May 2012 08:47, by Kurnyel

      saf must occupy unity state before Rumbek and Yei

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  • 30 April 2012 12:49, by Jielster

    Stupid bashir, the only language u hear is the sound of a gun, just wait 4 our mighty Spla 2 attack and overthrow bashit once and 4 all and our borders will b with egypt.

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  • 30 April 2012 12:52, by Chris B

    The beginning of the end is nigh for the ICC-bound Beshir and his NCP cronies!
    There will be no militia destabilisation to distract the SPLA or divert attention from the fact that your government and the Northern Sudanese are being squeezed and pressured by your own arrogance and desire to maintain power! Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak, should have taught you something!

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  • 30 April 2012 12:53, by Grader

    General Gatduel, we’re proud of you!

    You’ve made us proud

    The challenge now is to our diplomats to be firm like you in the battlefield.

    SPLA Oyee!

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    • 1 May 2012 12:22, by Ruach

      They know how to hit and run like mad dogs when mighty SPLA respond to their stupid attacks.Wait something dusty will destroy saf within minutes.

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  • 30 April 2012 14:41, by philipdit wol

    please, describption is not the only solution Why do n,t hit back so that Bashir would learn the lesson he will not forget.Remmember time wasted should not be regain.

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  • 30 April 2012 15:07, by Waucity

    Oh my God, what a punishment, big punishment to have empty arabs as our numbers...Big punishment that four hundred years ago, filthy people came...Will we ever know peace..Northerners, you will not die with Bashir, So give us hard times but you will still be on earth..I swear God, we will meet again..Enjoy or moment!!!

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  • 30 April 2012 15:10, by Chris B

    Lol!!! Another funny Northerner similar to Konan! You should both consider writing a show together; and you can use your blue and red pencil Jalaby!
    It amuses me how you perpetuate the strength of your SAF yet you are still praying for tribal divisions within the SPLA and Junub to assist your "mighty army"! Tell me, has the SAF ever won a war against a foreign enemy all by itself? Cowards!

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  • 30 April 2012 17:59, by Kim Deng


    For how long will this coward King, Slava wait for International community to stop the arabized Nubian gov’t (NIF/NCP) from slaughtering South Sudanese before their eyes? There are so many Lions and Tigers within South Sudan’s army who can get the job done if not only lead by coward King.

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  • 30 April 2012 18:29, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Kim Deng you too short minded; Northern Settlers are most mixed blood of Nuer,Nuba,Puny,and Ajang/Dinka. Believe or not have to the immigration of people from the North first.
    Kiir Adminst should know that UN is filled with Arab Allied,also Colour of Black play a big role. People in the world like black people to have a good life. SPLA must kick Arab out of Khartuom all at one in Africa.

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    • 30 April 2012 19:55, by Beneben Bai

      Kim Deng, that is not true my brother, let us first divide at least the international community into two those who support us and others against us. In that situation, we can simply do our work of crashing those mosquitos instead of everyone stands against us as it was after date 10 of April. we know most of them were ignorant and don’t know what is fact on ground and about the conflict.

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  • 30 April 2012 19:42, by panom lualbil

    Even when everybody else talk is positive and honest, at least mfucking ass of same kind is negative and dishonest. What a fuck does KIM DENG really want DINKA to do? Fool calling SALVA COWARD like if he dont know SALVA’s position #5 didnt change during SPLA struggle against same OMER BASHIR, when others were TROJAN HORSES. And it’s because of all those trojan horses who rejoin SPLA through

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    • 30 April 2012 20:05, by panom lualbil

      amnesty are the caused of SPLA’S WEAKNESS nowaday. Because of militias socalled SSDA and SSLA leftover by former trojan horses whom OMER BASHIT still used against SPLAs. FOOL, do you think your hatred of tribalism is gonna help this country? While others like to deal with current situations of borders and aerial bombardment by OMER, then ur ugly minded and stinky mouth came up with tribalism.

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      • 30 April 2012 21:08, by Mi diit

        Some Jalabas are using South Sudanese names to divide us. Be careful. They may present themselves as Dinkas, Nuers or Murles, etc. Don’t be diverted from the real enemy. They fear us and only hope for a coup in Juba to help SAF in the war it fears to lose if South Sudan remains united.

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  • 30 April 2012 20:08, by Beneben Bai

    Panom Lualbil, yes brother it is a hard insult against our great and strong president. this insult should not be and is not accepted at all especially in this situation, but let us keep all our nerves calm and strongly face our enemy. i am sure we will win this case. deep sorry for our fallen S. Sudanese both soldiers and civlians but i am sure South Sudan is now near to win the war and peace

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    • 30 April 2012 20:27, by panom lualbil

      THANK YOU SO MUCH BENEBEN BAI FOR YOUR CONVINCING. I dont mean to provoke nobody but KIM DENG alone.

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  • 30 April 2012 20:14, by panom lualbil

    Do you like arab to unite sudan? I agreed with you too because it really dont make any sense if we kill ourselves because of policy by OMER BASHIR.

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    • 30 April 2012 22:44, by Chol

      Beneben Bai and Panom Lualbil, you guys are pinheads, you’re not fooling anyone!

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  • 30 April 2012 20:22, by Beneben Bai

    S. Sudanese brothers, don’t get angry from what ever Jalaby and north sudanese write. they are yaal sharamiith saakit who keep spreading their nonsense and devide and rule thoughts against our S. Sudanese people and our strong young country. if their big thinkers did not manage to change S. Sudan way of doing things and thinking, how comes they will be able to harm us through this forum??

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  • 30 April 2012 20:41, by Beneben Bai

    international community should listen to our compalints and calls as bashir keeps sending his militia of SAF to attack our troops positions inside our country. they need to come and see by themselves. if it continue so, they should not talk about us when we repulse them. Sudan discovered a new way of spoilling our relations with international community. but we also discovered their tactics (fools)

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  • 30 April 2012 22:42, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Our layolity to the international community and the secruity council,show us that we are submissive,Defensive would be most appreciate to the world supper powers to bring Bashir regim down for respecting the international law and order.The Northern Sudan had disregard humanity for long time.SPLA should not be patient again,there are prove and evidences for depending South Sudan,Discussion is right

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  • 30 April 2012 22:49, by Kim Deng


    Do you know how many coward Jaang/Slaves within South Sudan’s army run away from frontlines during D-day of Malou-raar (Panthou/Heglig?) Over 300 of coward Jaang/Slaves ran away, but left Mighty Nuer Warriors in the frontlines. As we speak, three CDRs from coward Jaang who refused to be in the field of death are under detention.

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  • 1 May 2012 00:41, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Kim Deng too foolish. The villagers are better than your short mind with Dei Chan. Ajang have a long vision for Africa,not just sudan only. see Arab only as their enemy. not little tribal foolish mind like you. I do not see if you have a future for your Village than Nuer in general. Drink your alcohol day,night make you see bro/sists as enemy. Foolish Naath like you alway talk Jaang,nothing else.

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  • 1 May 2012 03:55, by E. Defense Forces

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