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South Sudan says renegade Athor organizes to launch attack before the independence


June 28, 2011 (JUBA) – The renegade former deputy chief of general staff in
South Sudan army, General George Athor Deng, is organizing his forces to launch
massive attack inside the South before the region’s declaration of
independence on July 9, the army stated.

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A survivor of a massacre by rebel forces on the town of Fangak displays a bullet in front of burnt houses in Fangak, southern Sudan Thursday, April 7, 2011 - (AP)

Philip Aguer, the spokesman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), in a
televised message on SSTV on Monday announced the intention of the militia
leader, Athor, allied to the Khartoum government to destabilize the region.

Aguer said the army has reliable information that forces loyal to George Athor
are being assembled and organized in the North Sudan’s Senar state which borders
the Upper Nile state of South Sudan to launch attacks targeting the disputed
areas between North and South Sudan as the region prepares to formally become
independent in less than two weeks time.

The army spokesman accused the Khartoum government of supporting and arming the
rebels and unleashing them to disrupt the process of smooth road to independence
of the region.

Aguer further explained that forces allied to another rebel leader Major General
Peter Gatdet Yak are responsible for this week’s attack in Warrap state’s Twic
County which left dozens of people dead and many others wounded.

Officials in South Sudan suspect forces loyal to the former advisor to President
Salva Kiir, Abdel Bagi Ayii, for the attacks in Warrap state. Ayii, who
reportedly recruits his supporters from Warrap state and Northern Bahr el
Ghazal, from where he hails, is also allied to Peter Gatdet, who recruits most
of his supporters from Unity state.

Warrap state officials said the attack in the state was quelled but the
attackers managed to hide among the local population of the community in the
victimized county.

They further explained that the attackers who wanted to establish their base in
Turalei, Twic County, also targeted tens of thousands of displaced persons from
Abyei who were based in the area.

Aguer further accused the Khartoum government of targeting the disputed oilfields including Higlig in Unity state’s Pariang County, which lies at the North-South border.

George Athor, who recruits most of his supporters from his home state of
Jonglei, was the first high ranking officer in South Sudan army to rebel against
the government since its formation in 2005 following the signing of the
Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended 21 years of war between North and South

He rebelled in May 2010, citing elections rigging in Jonglei state, after
independently losing to his rival, Kuol Manyang Juuk, the current state governor
who was backed by the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

The army spokesperson assured the South Sudan population that the region’s army is
ready to expel any attacks from all the Khartoum-backed militias in the region.


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  • 28 June 2011 06:32, by Meendebai

    Why sound like a lady! Just be brave to counter his wick action. Death to all traitors.

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    • 28 June 2011 06:43, by Mr. Truthteller

      George Athor, Abdel Ayii, Peter Gatdet, stop what you are doing.

      What is wrong with these states of Jonglei, Upper Nile, Unity, Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal, and the endless killings by Gelweng militias in Lakes state.


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      • 28 June 2011 06:59, by Meendebai

        Mr truthteller,

        This is quite astonishing! What’s make you change your heart buddy? So impressive anyway. Keep up!

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    • 28 June 2011 07:14, by JAMUS

      To all traitors (Athor,Gadet,Ayii)

      All of these blokes are psychotic patients; why trying to destabilise your dear country at these important occasion that we all suffered for. Remember, your generations will not be welcome in South Sudan and we will utterly disown you. To the SPLA, we need to plan and execute pre-emptive strikes inside the North were their forces are amassed, to the fullest. One of the theories of just war is when you have concrete evidence that your enemy had assembled troops and ready to attack you, you need to attack them before they strike. We need to do that now, or we arm the SPLA Northern sector to attack them from rear and dismantle their bases.


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    • 28 June 2011 13:42, by Wise Fox

      The SPLM corruptive draft constitution will soon put drunkenness Kiir to death before or after 9 July 2011 dateline. Whether he Rise up the Republic flag or not he must go to hell, so that the marginalized people of the south will have a lasting peace after Kiir and his greediest followers depart.

      Long live Athor
      Long live Ayii
      Long live Gatdet
      Long live Olony
      Long live anti corruption Oyeeeeee

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      • 28 June 2011 14:39, by Madut Tong

        Wise Fox,

        Do you believe that all those renegade generals will combat the corruption if they succeed to overthrow the SPLM? What do you know about their fast? and how do know that they will eradicate the corruption?

        I agree with your last point, "long live anti-corruption", and I believe that fighting corruption is not a work of rebels who use guns to achieve what they want. If you really want to fight the corruption do it through the political means, and human development, not military.

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        • 28 June 2011 16:24, by Wise Fox

          Dear Madut,
          Don’t worry bro, everything will get fix soon after Renegade generals get rid of GoSS leadship, because they are there only for money and not for the future of the South Sudanese. Look, how many lives of Innocents civilian have been claimed during their six years of ruling? Nearly 30,000 lives. Then how are we going to survive if we give them more four Years that they have been crying for in their draft constitution?

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    • 28 June 2011 14:47, by Bigcat

      question to peter gadet,abdel ayii and george athor, how long you people gonna support arabs government? if both you are fail to lead? and start to blame the SPLM government for nothing.

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    • 28 June 2011 18:39, by dinkador1

      Death to all rebels in south sudan.
      What do you want lastly? Being a rebel is a wild dog.Kill any rebel or kill me let me rest.


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  • 28 June 2011 06:47, by Khartoum92

    Athor you got our support until you reach Juba make that your targer reach Juba and free the south from SPLM and its beer addicts who claim to be the government

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    • 28 June 2011 07:07, by DeltaBravo

      To Khartoum

      Ahahahahahah idon’t think they will reach JUBA you can support them,but they will die trying. Jealousy will not do anything good to you people ,you are worry that SouthSudan will be powerful after Independent. SouthSudan is different today,You can used counter attack,but they will fail. Mark my word.

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    • 28 June 2011 07:45, by Covert

      Khartoum92, after your wishes are completed, do you think that’s going to put Sudan back as a united country?

      You see how desperate you become because of everything you’ll miss about South Sudan!
      I though you guys gave up long time go.

      Please the line of no return has been cross; just go and find some other ways to make a living.

      Khartoum92, I have an idea; remember after independent we will allow you to come to South and work in our homes as maids, do the entire house keeping jobs we will pay you well.

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      • 28 June 2011 07:59, by Khartoum92

        hahaha me?? there is no house in Juba including the presidential palace is nice enough accommodate me or my family sadly

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        • 28 June 2011 10:43, by Thondet Manyang

          Stupid Khartoum92!!!
          I always hate Arabs just because they use foolish people as tools and that is why we separate from you guys. You will never forget that one day khartoum will be in our hands because it is our ancestors’ land. Even the name can tell where it belongs. You Arabs who just migrated to this land and start mistreating us. Can you shut the fuck up!!!

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        • 28 June 2011 22:41, by Covert

          The question is; do you think you will be able to afford the house you live in after South Separate from the north?

          If your answer is yes, then why are you supporting the failure of South Sudan?

          You know very well that South Sudan is your cashcow that you used to pay for your house and its departure is your worst nightmare.

          Let’s see how long are you going to be in that nice house without the South!!

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    • 28 June 2011 08:54, by Young

      @Khartoum,’’you got our support until you reach Juba’’what capacity do you have?Athor Deng,Gadet Yak,Ayii among others get your support from Khartoum,but never ever try to disrupt our Independence if you are strong enough then try on 10th of july and you wicked plus Khartoum government will see fire.

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    • 30 June 2011 03:23, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

      Dear, Khartoum92! I convinced you twice now, Athor is not fighting the south, sudan government for the interest of Khartoum, an Islamic foolish regime located in the dry land. Remember! even if Athor overthrown this government now, he will never be your friend or Khartoum friends. I recomment you or Islamic regime to invade the South rather than using Athor.

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  • 28 June 2011 06:55, by Grader

    I think it was high time SPLA prove itself to the crying South Sudan that it is the peoples national army, capable of defending her territory, and to pursue aggressors anywhere irrespective of boundary limit!

    Without this, I think South Sudanese will have to review who leads our nation and the army,

    Very sad!!

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    • 28 June 2011 08:22, by Nhomlawda


      You are right; South Sudan Army should pursue her enemies wherever they are. Khartoum is not far from South Sudan. South Sudan Army should track down those rebels’ leaders in Khartoum and deal with them accordingly.
      Complaining always without taking action is useless.

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  • 28 June 2011 07:22, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Philip, let the Khartoum also accussed the SPLA. Of arming,Nubian,Darfurianns, Engasina people and all the opposition in general so that, they can say u are also doing some thing which can bring down the Government.

    I think Bashir when to China to inform them about the New plan of George Athur, to take over the Government in Juba and for that reason China not act quickly to recognize the South or give them money,Athur is the 3 last plan after all those of fail to do some thing like Gadet,Abdalbagi Ayii, Gatluak, David Yauyau surrender.

    Kiir have many people who are also with this groups. They get information day and night from the head quarters in Bilpam, why are you not finding them through tapping of phones.

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  • 28 June 2011 07:26, by Acid

    Aguer is liar! Ayiidit has no support in NBG either now or before. Truly speaking, one of general set to fight against if he had to attack is his son. In many time, we know that Ayiidit’s soldiers Messiriya (Arabs’ militias). He never had support in NBG, so, Aguer please stops lying!!

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    • 28 June 2011 07:35, by George Bol


      You need to know that the secretaries of Militia Gadet want to turn their devil mind so that SPLA will face different direction and latter attack the civilians in the border states. This is clear to me. Athor has done with his mission when his supporters especially from Lou Nuer of uror, Nyirol, Akoba, Ayod and predominantly from Fangak and few from his village make him lost his temper. He has no gut to attack again because he has no force with him. No any Dinka men can follow that kind of man. We are pure people who always go with the right thing and make the wrong thing when we called it unusual. No worried, we should be focusing with those long term militia we all know. Thanks

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  • 28 June 2011 08:06, by Chanson

    Col.Aguer stop lying.Ayii get no supporter from Northern Bahr el ghazal nor recruiting Aweilian.Donn’t you knows very well that his sons,especially one of his son which I may not mention is now serving in Pariak of Jonglei state, he have Refused not to follow his suite,If his son can not go with him to the bush then whom do you think amongst Aweilian can risk his life to follow blind man.Ayii is nothing but power greedy, who need not to be call ason from Bahr el ghazal because he have brought shame to this community in general.Death to son of bitch call himself Abdulbagi.Ayii your death is near whore son.by the way what are you fighting for? An.me please!

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    • 29 June 2011 06:12, by Dhalaluaak

      Acid and Chanson,
      For your information, please don’t attack or blame Philip Aguer for this report.He is an SPLA reporter,which means that he report what he has collected from all the reliable sources.He is by no means mistaken but those who sent him news reports does if you want to blame anyone.Remember he is not in NBG or around those areas where Ayii came from.You can see he is reporting within Juba, while the news are being sent to him at juba base to report them to the public.

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  • 28 June 2011 08:43, by Madut Tong

    Dear Readers,

    Abdal al-Abagi Ayii is a coward who will never do good to south Sudan, his history in the long struggle of south Sudan is very dirty and I don’t think any one could side with him. In the first struggle he sided with the northerners against his own people in Madhol killing many of them, while his chief Malong Yor rebelled and joined Anya nya1. When the war broke out again in the south, Ajuongdit his people again joined the movement (1984) and the events of Anya nya1 was still vital in their minds and hearts, so they burn down their own town Madhol, so that Ayii will not kill their innocent people again. So, Ayii tried to form militia in his area, but failed and went to Khartoum in 8os. He will never recruit anyone in northern Bahr al-Ghazale or Warrap States so forget about him, that will be a problem of these two states with him. These kinds of people don’t deserve to be in the government, they are illiterates and shortsighted.

    Athor himself is another story, he thinks that he will change the system in the south, but that is a dream in his mind. He should know that many before him went against the south and they are not here with us, they were killed by their accomplices not even the SPLA. Everyone who try to destablize the south will find southerners ready to defend themselves, families, and resources.

    I believe that development in its all aspects will be achieve only if we put down the arms and work together to develop the area. also democratic transformation has never been through military means. tell me a rebel who brought democracy in the whole world, they are all dictators. We have to thank the SPLM/A who tries their best to make this possible in south Sudan. So, let’s work together in our different parties for the welfare of the South.

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    • 28 June 2011 12:17, by Chanson

      Bravo Madut Tong.You said it all bro.Let that coward die in the bush alone.


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    • 28 June 2011 13:05, by Wise Fox

      Stop stop stop! nonsense claims, you should blame your confused bearded coward guy with black cowboy hat, who do not deserve to be the head of the new Republic to be born, due to his drunkenness and corruption that has affected the entire region.

      Athor, Gatdet, Ayii and Olony have right to launch the massive attack on bearded Donkey’s Militias in all states of South Sudan on thesame .......??? and you will be crying in your mothertongues whether you like it or not untill you stop supporting Donkey Mayardit from misleading the region.
      Death to Donkey Kiir soon.
      Long live anti corruption Oyeeeeeeeeeeee!

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      • 28 June 2011 15:54, by DeltaBravo

        To Wise fox

        That is not the way to fight corruption in the Country. Corruption should be deal with through Political mean not Militarily. If you are humanbeing think about it. Those Leaders you mention were part of it. They rebel becuase they afford to feed the Campany families. All of them they married more then 50 Wives. So please stop nonsense.

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  • 28 June 2011 11:42, by Nhomlawda

    All enemies of South Sudan are working day and night to spoil chances for a peaceful and enjoyable independence day.
    Militias such as Abdel Baggi Ayii, George Athor Deng and mercenaries such as Peter Gatdet, Gatluak Gai, and Bapiny Monytuel are working hard to make people of South Sudan not to welcome their independent state in peace but they will all fail in their pursue of destruction.
    They are axes of evils who will eventually be defeated by the visionary forces of South Sudan.

    I don’t understand why South Sudan government had to invite the whole world to celebration of South Sudan independence.
    Juba is a messy city with all kind of groups (Somali, Arabs, Eritreans, Ethiopians, Ugandans, Kenyans, etc) with no proper identification of residence and business in South Sudan plus South Sudan traitors living in the city. No one knows these groups affiliations and intentions on people of South Sudan safety and reputation.
    It will be a security nightmare for our ill trained security and anti-terrorism units to ensure smooth operation in the city during the independence day if heavy weight politicians such Barrack Obama, David Cameron, Nicholas Sarkozy, and Angela Markel are to attend.
    Just get regional leaders and foreign affairs ministers from western countries to attend South Sudan Independence Day. Attendance by the whole world does not make South Sudan more or less independence state or guarantee South Sudan more direct foreign investments or grants.
    Instead it will bring security arrangement nightmare for South Sudan young security institutions. South Sudan should not take chances in the face of many enemies of South Sudan by giving security forces tasks that are beyond their expertise at the movement.

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    • 28 June 2011 12:48, by Mr. Truthteller


      You are sending a wrong message to Khartoum and George Athor in your cowardic message of not inviting world leaders. You are indirectly supporting their threats to disrupt the celebrations in Juba.

      Our leaders know the level of their security awareness more than you hiding in exile, yet shivering from this far. Do you want your cousin and militia George Athor to rejoice that he has prevented world leaders from attending the celebrations?

      Don’t panic. If there will be real security threat, our leaders will know and decide what to do.

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      • 28 June 2011 16:45, by Nhomlawda

        Mr. Truthteller

        I do care about South Sudanese safety and their reputation.
        South Sudan government cannot just accept to provide security to world leaders which they might not be able to perform well.
        South Sudan government must know their weaknesses and strengths and act within those parameters in whatever they do until they overcome their weaknesses.
        Nothing for chance in providing security to people and especially when it involves guests of our new state.

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  • 28 June 2011 16:03, by Kon Ajith Deng

    why worry of his attacks! Athor has right to do so. why did Dinka deceive him to launch attacks on other tribes inorder to dislocate them and give their territory to dinka padang of upper Nile!

    idiots. your thoughts are veryt shallow. i dont think there is any dinka man who could think wisely to include other nationalities in their thought. please adjust or you face consequences of your poor vision. Athor must revenge because Dinka defame his name. he is for united south sudan - not Dinka nation.

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  • 28 June 2011 16:20, by Madut Tong

    Kon Ajith,

    I think you are insane who is not even a southerner, you nickname yourself Kon Ajith which I think is a Dinka name and talk like an enemy of south Sudan, which has swallowed more than 2 million people so, that the south may attain her freedom. Those whom you support are the most selfish people I ever met in my life. If people would rebel because they loss election, how many can rebel in the world for the same reason. Please stop writing nonsense in this website.

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  • 28 June 2011 17:08, by Gaddfa

    Its all SPLM fault, if ROSS is to be fail state. splm leadership was so blinded during elections which was held on April. so please shut-up and clean your mess quietly, i hope your disgraced party come an end sooner or now.

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  • 28 June 2011 20:43, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Athuor, Athuor. I think if it was because of the corruption that made U took up arms and not your personal problem with some people in the Government like the Minister of interior.
    1- How many houses U build in Juba which have been confiscated by the SPLA now?
    2- How many boxes of money were found in your house and taken by the government?
    3- This is to tell those who said Athuor took arms because of corruption. What was that gave you all those things?
    4- If you really come again this time Athour you will be food to birds, with all those who will come with you.

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  • 28 June 2011 20:59, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Gatdet, Gatdet.

    What you are doing is just to involve the innocent community thinking that you will acheive what you want, and you quiet well knew the tricks your self it will not work.

    I think Abdalbagie Ayii is right to fulfil his promise to his masters since his life he has never been with his people and his people are the Arabs, why would you want him to be with us since Arabs are the one giving all the money from Khartoum, when you said this oil is ours he cannot listen but his children can listen.

    I am with the opiunion that all those who are deceiving the innnocent people like Peter gatdet be taken to Haegue since, they are telling lies to their communities and most of the time are beleaves by their people.

    The God of the South Sudan with the blood of all those who paid their dear life will one day, punish all of you.
    Kiir will be different after July 9 2011, even those of Akot lual will say what happen to Muzee and the whole South will see including the Ministers, otherwise he will loose the trust of people, so he choose from the 2.

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  • 29 June 2011 06:07, by Odingo

    Dear Readers

    Folks, everyone wanted to see South Sudan as Independent State, but Dinka people don’t know that in their little mind. They take South Sudan Government as their own proprties.

    These coward Dinka are the who created the chaos in the South Sudan.They started by stealing the election from the people who won the election. Then, all the funds that should be used for the development of the country end up in the mouths of Dinka people leaving other tribes with no salary.

    Folks, let the Dinka get what they deserving and I believe that many people will lost their lives before independent day, unless Nuer, Shuluk or Equatoria step up and take charge of South Sudan before Independent day.

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  • 30 June 2011 04:03, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

    Dear, GOSS! or the SPLA information/spoke person, I hope we all learned from our late chairman Dr. John, that to define the problem you must know the cause or simply what caused the problem, then the solution would be easy to solve. By saying so, we could not focus so much on the Islamic regime in Khartoum of suporting Athor while, we’re the whole or part of the cause, we all agreed destablising the new nation means nobody will be free from that insecurity, so we all will be part of the sufering, we the citizens not only the army. So we all, must focus on peace process then war process. We always prayers for our nation not to be like other nations in Africa who had faced genocide and still facing it through their life time, e.g Somalia and Rwanda. We needs to minimized this malitias in the new nation by any mean, and hopely through peaceful means. We needs to minimized personalities, for the sake of our sufered citizens since 1947 going through war to war in their life time with our really enemy of Southern, Sudanese. known as NIF/NCP. I heard this message a lots that we will be like Israel, but Israel never had and have no rebel, so how can we be strong like that? You guys are comfused by Bashiir, saying that he will help Athor, simply you help his enemies too! have an enough enemies more than us, help Darfur, Nuba, and Eastern Sudan to kick him out of his dusty palace in Khartoum.
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    # 193 Country in the World Oyeeee!
    # 56 Counrty in Africa Oyeee!

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