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Sudan vows response after surprise loss of oil-rich town to SPLA


April 11, 2012 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) on Tuesday acknowledged that it has lost control of the oil-rich town of Heglig following what it said was an attack by South Sudan’s army (SPLA) and "mercenaries".

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FILE - Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers hold rifles during a rehearsal of the Independence Day ceremony in Juba July 7, 2011 (Reuters)

South Sudan’s government, was the first to speak about the fighting earlier today when it denounced air attacks by the Sudan air force targeting a strategic bridge in Abiemnhom which is situated west of Mayom town that is part of Unity State.

Juba claimed that the bombing injured four civilians including one child.

South Sudan Minister of Information and official spokesperson, Barnaba Benjamin Marial, urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), African Union and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to condemn Khartoum’s "act of violation" in South Sudan’s airspace which he said is contrary to international principles.

Phillip Aguer, the spokesperson of South Sudan army described SAF’s attacks as “provocative” stressing that their army is on full alert to respond to any form of aggression inside their territories.

However, Aguer could not confirm to Sudan Tribune whether the SPLA actually entered Heglig as Khartoum has asserted.

"What I can tell you is that two brigades of Sudan Armed Forces, backed with 16 tanks and accompanied by members of the Mujahedeen and other militias loyal to Khartoum advanced towards Unity State with the intent to capture and occupy the oil fields, but our forces repulsed them towards Heglig," Aguer said on Wednesday.

Today the head of the SPLA in Unity State told Sudan Tribune that South Sudan’s army managed to capture the oil-rich area of Heglig in Sudan’s South Kordofan state on Monday afternoon after repulsing an attack by SAF.

According to the commander of the SPLA’s fourth division, James Gatduel Gatluak, SAF launched air and ground attacks that forced them to respond by engaging the Sudanese army and taking control of Heglig on Tuesday.

In Khartoum the Sudanese government issued a statement on Tuesday night carried by state media condemning the "blatant aggressive behavior" of South Sudanese troops and announced that it retains the right to repeal the aggression and use all the legitimate means to defend the integrity of its territory.

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Sudan’s official spokesman of the Armed Forces Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad (AFP)

The SAF spokesperson Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad said that "fierce battles" are still ongoing but did not address reports that Heglig has fallen out of Khartoum’s hands. He said the attack on Heglig comes in line with the "aggressive positions" of South Sudan President Salva Kiir who wishes to prolong the war between Sudan and South Sudan.

Col. Sa’ad was referring to statements made by Salva Kiir last month in Juba where he said that Heglig is part of South Sudan territory.

Later SAF spokesperson admitted to the BBC that South Sudanese troops are currently inside Heglig.

"Now the [soldiers] from South Sudan they are inside Heglig city, and the oilfield, they conquered the Sudanese army outside of Heglig," Col. Sa’ad said.

"The South Sudanese attacked our Sudanese army in Heglig, as you know Heglig is not part of South Sudan," he continued.

Meanwhile, the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement–North (SPLM-N) sent a statement on Wednesday morning via email without attribution saying that the “Sudan Revolutionary Forces (SRF)" have taken full control of Heglig and advanced 30 kilometers towards Kadugli, capital of South Kordofan.

Sudan Tribune was unable to reach any official from the SRF for details.

A security source confirmed to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that SAF withdrew from Heglig and that oil workers were evacuated for the most part. He disclosed that it was the Sudanese army ordering its troops to pull out.

A special forces unit originally headed to rebel stronghold of Kauda in South Kordofan was caught in the fighting and incurred heavy losses, the source said but did not provide figures.

A Sudanese man who works in the oil industry, who did not want to be named, told the BBC that Sudan began the fighting while another source suggested that SAF was trying to regain a post on the disputed border they had lost two weeks ago.

There were unconfirmed reports later on Tuesday that SAF has started an aerial bombardment campaign. However, it is likely that Khartoum will exercise extreme caution so as not to cause damage to oil infrastructure there.

The escalation of clashes between the two will deal a severe blow to the African Union mediated process chaired by Thabo Mbeki which is aiming to resolve post-independence issues.

Sudan and South Sudan have reaffirmed different times in the past that they do not want with both sides maintaining that they are simply defending its territory. Khartoum and Juba also both accuse the other of using rebel groups as proxies.

South Sudan government spokesman said prior to his press conference today that he had held talks with president Salva Kiir during which he reiterated the government’s position that it will not be dragged into a "senseless" war by Khartoum.

North and South Sudan fought over two decades of a bloody civil war, which ended with the 2005 signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The contentious border issue between the two countries, he said, can only be amicably resolved through peaceful dialogue not war.

The Sudanese ministry of information said the attack on Heglig comes at the heels of a visit by Mbeki to Khartoum where Sudan underscored its commitment to reaching a peaceful resolution of contentious issues through dialogue. It vowed to use "all means" to defeat the attack.

The rebel groups operating near the border from the two sides are accused of taking part in the fight or even of being the instigators of the attacks. This was the case of the first attack on Heglig last month.

In a related issue, a Sudanese journalist told Sudan Tribune from Khartoum that authorities instructed them to stick to official statements on Heglig only.


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  • 11 April 2012 08:08, by Tambura

    South Sudan should keep it this way not to talk about our army operation. Let the enemy talk about their lost.

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    • 11 April 2012 08:27, by $iong mayom

      the only means by which Khartoum can defeat Juba militarily these days is to use unconventional weapons,hire Chinese/Russian or Iranian army. SAF has almost no military advantage over the SPLM with the possible exception of minor Aerial advantage. Beshir should understand that the SPLM is capable of crushing SAF conventionally as already shown.

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      • 11 April 2012 13:47, by Chol

        Khartoum keeps saying South Sudan is supporting rebel no that was bullshit, when SPLA involved its clear and the whole world knows.

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        • 11 April 2012 22:38, by Chol

          Fourth division SPLA commander, Gatduel Gatluak deserved one the highest military ranks that could be offered, because he did the proudest achievement for the country.

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          • 11 April 2012 23:52, by Hardball

            This is a lesson for Khartoum now that, if they don’t want to give Abyei up peacefully to South Sudan, then it will be taken by force just like Heglig. The time is ticking; we will have no room for the time to keep ticking!

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    • 11 April 2012 08:33, by $iong mayom

      Kiir govt should overthrow Beshir and replace him with a pro SPLM puppet in Arman or even better Malik Agar if Beshir does not cease his blatant provocative actions of bombing South Sudanese civilians.

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    • 11 April 2012 08:46, by Chok Deng

      Bravo SPLA u showed them(SAF) your mighty victory,this is what they r looking for,u taught them,their offsprings,Jalaby n likes the lesion that they will not forget.SPLA OYEEE.

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      • 11 April 2012 09:27, by Mi diit

        Bravo General James Gatduel Gatluak for liberating Higlig. It was captured on Tuesday at 3pm. I talked to my cousin whose forces battled SAF and defeated them on Tuesday. Bravo the mighty SPLA of courageous fighters. The video proof will come soon. Just tune to your TVs.

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    • 11 April 2012 13:39, by Loko El Pollo


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      • 11 April 2012 13:43, by Loko El Pollo


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      • 11 April 2012 18:36, by panom lualbil

        man you really made me laugh to level my mouth was likely to fall apart like dog. For phrase you said, ’ WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH AND ROUGH, YOU WILL RUN AND LEAVE IT TO DINKA.’ LOKO EL POLLO, you’re 100% right about that. In fact, if you show up there now, you will see NUER running from building to building looting themselves for foods and properties than to pursue enemies further.

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  • 11 April 2012 08:09, by Sundayw

    First of all, SAF initiated their aggressive attack on Tachuin without provocation. Their intention was to capture Unity oil fields (an act that would be a declaration of open-ended war). So South Sudan forces performed their constitutional duty and repulsed the attackers. South reserves the right to take any stolen/occupied lands including Panthou (Heglig).

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  • 11 April 2012 08:11, by Monye Jur

    A gurilla is a gurilla, becarefull and don’t provoke him otherwise you will ran of his anger and war experiances.

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  • 11 April 2012 08:11, by omoni jr.

    Bravo SPLA.
    SAF used to be strong when when all SAF composed of south sudan forces but now they left with all cowards kids.
    Darfurians used to be the frontliners and some of our southerners.

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    • 11 April 2012 09:07, by Tribe

      Some foolish folks will immediatly branded me as tribalist,so why should i bother of not saying it anyway. Many tribes’ve name calling Dinka to dominant everything.It becomes thier street anthem.To stop Dinka dominance,this’s the hight time to prove urself and joint them in the frontline for defending the nation as Nuer is doing. otherwise don’t blame me to call u coward & unpatriotics.

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  • 11 April 2012 08:11, by Grader

    Maj General Gatduel deserves the next rank (Lt.Gen) for job well executed

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    • 11 April 2012 11:50, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      SPLA captured Hegleg.
      Gatduel Gatluak should be rename as Gatluak Gatluak or Gatluak Nyakuay after taking full control Jiath Liech where Nuer people believe that they come out from tree called Jiath Lech but Jalaba renamed it Hegleg.
      Gatduel Gatluak deserved Nuer genuine name for hero.

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  • 11 April 2012 08:12, by Sundayw

    SAF command needs to heed peaceful negotiations and stop taking actions not authorized by authorities in Khartoum. Their command structure is riddled with hardliners who take their cue from the security services and not the military chain of command. That is why we have problems of bombing and provocations. We in the South are for dialogue but you cannot talk with someone who is lighting matches.

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    • 11 April 2012 09:28, by mohammed ali

      Sunday, unfortunately, it is too late. You are occupying a vital Sudanese land, which turned evey Sudanese into hard-liner.You can’t talk about negotiation.Sudan had already stpped all negotaitions and declared a state of war against the occupier.It is sad that the SPLA theifs don’t listen to the voice of reason & peace.Nobody will trust SPLA theifs,inviting president while preparing for agression

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      • 11 April 2012 09:55, by Smith

        hahahahahahah.... Mohamed Ali and his likes on this forum, please shut your mouths...what were you saying about SAF in Heglig some few days ago? now it is not President Kiir announcing it but your terrorists in Khartoum are now the one doing a mouthpiece for our gallant forces in Heglig...watchout boy, Elobeid may fall to our hands today...You say Allah Ukber boy to be spared. you guys invited it.

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      • 11 April 2012 13:50, by Chol

        Ali, just put on the uniforms and go fight, stop running your mouth her for nothing!

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      • 11 April 2012 14:50, by Rommel

        Mohammed Ali:

        You are the embodiment of contradiction and hypocrisy! You have been consistent in your assertion that South Sudan should put everything on the negotiating table, when I mentioned the dozen or so Southern territories currently under occupation by Khartoum; territories that were part of South Sudan in 1956; territories like Kafia Kingi & Hofrat en Nahas.

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        • 11 April 2012 14:54, by Rommel

          So it’s now become apparent to you that when your land -or land *you* merely *believe* to be yours- is coveted, assailed and subsequently occupied by others... that engaging in talks on the matter would be an an act of dishonour, abjection and servility!? I maintain that it is the morally vacant that would subserviently accede the homelands of their forefathers for the sake of a dishonourable

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          • 11 April 2012 14:56, by Rommel

            peace; a peace that deprives their children of their inheritance. Khartoum has been inveterately engaged in a practice of redrawing maps and changing names (eg, Heglig) as part of a deliberate attempt to detach and appropriate coveted territory. Aliny ("Heglig") has NEVER been the historical home of any *Nuban* or "Arab" tribe!

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            • 11 April 2012 14:58, by Rommel

              There was no "Heglig" prior to the advent of Jafaar Nimeri on the political stage in Sudan. There were no Arabs in Aliny prior to the late 1980s - they don’t belong there! The 1956 border is what we so desperately want enforced, as per the provisions of the CPA. Our acceptance of the colonial 1956 border (s) is in itself an example of a concession on our part.

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              • 11 April 2012 15:03, by Rommel

                There were many British changes to the border that awarded our lands to Northern pastoralist. The 1924 Wheately-Munro Agreement for example changed the South Darfur-Northern Bahr al Ghazal border; this colonial dictate set the administrative border 14 miles south of the Kiir River, changing the 1912 line that had set the boundary at the river.

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        • 11 April 2012 18:10, by mohammed ali

          Rommel, did Sudan invade in land in SS. It was one country.Whatever you claimed was not taken by force or war.Where is the contradiction & where is the hypocricy.Me or you? Not a single centimeter of SS is under occupation.This a platent lie! There may be a land claimed by each side but there is no occupation. Dont invent your defintion of occupation. The country was one....con

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          • 11 April 2012 18:17, by mohammed ali

            ..Particulary Heglig is part of Sudan in all gazettee you are fond of. I challenge you to produce me any international documents against this1 Now you have attacked several time, usling foolish excuses, not acceptable to the most naive human being.Tell me of a single centimeter which was invaded occupied by Sudan. There was no SS , to invade or occupy a land of. ...con

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            • 11 April 2012 18:29, by mohammed ali

              ..it was one country.Even if you back to history, as you like to mention every time, there was no single state in SS. Even a single tribe didn’t a single united state , except may be the Shuluk and the fertit.Don’t talk to me as if there was one single united nation in SS with a single administration.It is not there even NOW.Dinka alone have more than 30 cheifdoms fighting frequently with each .co

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              • 11 April 2012 18:35, by mohammed ali

                ...each other with nocentral administration.Hatred is pungant between not tribe but even clans. We had been the " glue" binding you together, once we left you started killing each other.SPLA theifs want to keep the poor bussy with a senseless war to cover up their robery. Now it is war you are mongering for!Negotiation was used as disguise.It is going to be devastating, we don’t want to our pple..

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                • 11 April 2012 19:01, by mohammed ali

                  ..Am not talking about your pple, so as not to call me hypocrit.But you,not a hypocrite,tell me what will the war you are mongering for, offer to your to your pple , even if you win it! Would you be able to export your oil? Would you be able to feed your pple? Have school, hospitals, roads..etc and when? After another 50 years.The majority are still living in the stone age!No peace u say, got it!

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                  • 11 April 2012 19:31, by Rommel

                    Mohammed Ali:

                    You have this terrible habit of going off on long-winded and impertinent tangents that address little and often, absolutely nothing. That Sudan was one "country" cannot be used by one side to justify continual and gratuitous appropriation of resource-rich territories that belong to others. When one part of a Nation-State inveterately annexes the resource-rich territories of the

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                    • 11 April 2012 19:41, by Rommel

                      other half for its own aggrandizement, at the consequent expense of the other...that is occupation; especially when this Nation in question is partitioned as a consequence of an agreed framework -a point of reference- with governing protocols on what the agreed date [1956] will be with regards to determining the particulars of this new border! Don’t you dare entertain the notion that I am here

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                      • 11 April 2012 19:59, by Rommel

                        to cater to your incredulity. Depopulating coveted territory was a government policy during the two decades of war. Whether or not you acknowledge the fact that decades of war impacted, affected, altered and determined the provincial borders is actually rather irrelevent. Why you may ask? Well because in May 1999, the UN Special Rapporteur issued a statement detailing evidence of this policy.

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                        • 11 April 2012 20:04, by Rommel

                          This is what the UN Special Rapporteur had to say on the matter:

                          “Human rights observers on the spot were told by survivors of the Ruweng [county] offensive in May [1999] that government bombers, helicopter gunships, tanks and artillery were used against unarmed civilians to clear a 100-kilometer area around the oils fields. Witnesses reported that over 1,000 government soldiers swept through

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                          • 11 April 2012 20:05, by Rommel

                            Ruweng county, wreaking human and material destruction, including destroying 17 churches.”

                            As recently as May 1999, many villages on the eastern edge of Heglig were attacked and burned to the ground by the [Government of Sudan] army.

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                            • 11 April 2012 20:22, by Rommel

                              That South Sudan was not a singular, cohesive and defined unit with an identifiable and recoverable past prior to the advent of the British is irrelevant. Your reasoning on the matter is amusing as it is specious. The geographical contours of your dear Nation are byproducts of colonial whim and dictate. Kordofan became part of Sudan in 1899 and Darfur became part of Sudan in 1916.

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                              • 11 April 2012 20:39, by Rommel

                                What matters is that Kaka and the Megenis mountains, occupied by Khartoum to this day, are without question the homelands of the Shiluk > this is not in dispute! Chali al Fil belongs to the Uduk tribe of South Sudan. Gulli belongs to the people of Renk County. The unity triangle and Karasana belong to Biemnom and Pariang Counties.

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                                • 11 April 2012 20:48, by Rommel

                                  The Kafia Kingi enclave & Hofrat en Nahas belong to the Fertit tribes of Western Bahr el Ghazal. The Uduk, Shiluk, Dinka and many others on the border (s) share a common origin are members of a linguistic phylum and engage in corresponding cultural practices. They have now been expelled from their lands, displaced and ultimately dispossessed... that is occupation!

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                    • 11 April 2012 22:28, by mohammed ali

                      Rommel, we are not talking about me.The judmental habit of your doesn’t change facts.We are not talking about resources , we are talking about " occupation" .You cannot " occupy your own country.Always you all talking about resources, which resources in all Soudan not the south only where ever explored and exploited.Everywhere there resources in Sudan , but there were not explored, used,...con

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                      • 11 April 2012 22:38, by mohammed ali

                        ..exported or exploited.Untill now we export cotton, sesame, meat,animal hide.Tell me if anything is coming from South Sudan.Tell me of any thing which was exploited from the South , except oil which was exported only in 97and up to now is only 350,000 bpd.Don’t tell timber which is imported by individual for their personal use.So, even by your vague invented defintion of occupation, ...con

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                        • 11 April 2012 22:59, by mohammed ali

                          ..there was no occupation as there was no resources which explored in the first place, seve for " exploited" On the country SS , before oil was contributing to the national budget with a single penny.There is no taxis or customs up to this day. Absolutely nothing was exported from the South!It is we who made you a single unity under one administration.We have been the " glue" who bind you together

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                          • 11 April 2012 23:09, by mohammed ali

                            ..Whatever change had happened had happened you can’t claim to be yours. Those you call northern pastoralist didn’t come from heaven, they are a mixture of all races and ethinicities.There is no who claim to be pure, this is a fallacy.PPle were mixing naturally before the white-man came to divide & rule.You can’t claim that they are only your " ancesters".You may believe in purity of race, I don’t

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                            • 11 April 2012 23:16, by mohammed ali

                              ..They are all children of those "ancesters" with the same right of inheritance.You can’t be logical to say that all what you claim is yours and you want to take it by force.Hypocricy which you are accusing me off, is clear on your position on Heglig.Taking your arguments & logic Heglig in particular is not yours.You ignored all your gazetes & documents."African union is asking SS to pull out of S

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                              • 11 April 2012 23:25, by mohammed ali

                                ..Never the less , everybody is calling you to negotiate in good faith. You can’t invite the president for talks, while you are preparing for agression " recovering Heglig! Embieki was yesterday in Juba,this is crazy! You think by occupying Heglig you can put pressure on Sudan on the negotition.Simply they wont come, as the is situation.Barnaba is saying "we will not be draged into a senseless war

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                                • 11 April 2012 23:33, by mohammed ali

                                  ..Is he joking? Draging him? You are in war right now! You are inside Sudan according to the international law.Does he expect Sudan to keep quite? It is only possible if he is out of his mind!It is senseless war, because everybody is telling him so, not because he believe so.This man doesn’t know that he is in war!It is just rediculous! Yes we are a new country, Darfur, Kordufan , Sennar...con

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                                  • 11 April 2012 23:40, by mohammed ali

                                    ...even Alodia & maccura were seperate states. But there were states with central administrative units, army ,flag,law , law enforcement units and uniform political authorities. That was not the case in SS.You jumped to human right " observations" well , I don’t think that you are so naive to believe a word which was said!However, I haven’t heard a word from them to what happened by Machar in Bor

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                                    • 11 April 2012 23:49, by mohammed ali

                                      ..which was a ruthless,useless,senseless terrible crime by any measures against very poor innocent pple. Their only crime was that they were from Garangs tribe !Neither did I hear anything about what happened recently in Pibor which was encourage by the president of SS, who claimed that Murle have sexually transmitted disease preventing from having childrens.All tribes abduct childrens, even clans

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                                      • 11 April 2012 23:56, by mohammed ali

                                        ..Rabakona is now one of the most developed ares in SS! Human right groups wouldn’t report this!Bottom line PEACE PEACE is very good for us.You are only 6 months old, and you want to go for ! It is crazy, senseless.You stopped your only life line. You could negotiate for 1, 2 years and you went loose a single drop of blood.You will never get all what you want a negotiation.At least give a chance!

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                                        • 12 April 2012 00:03, by mohammed ali

                                          You are trying to evade my essential question; what will the war offer to your pple? Would you be able to build your dream pipe-line? Would be able to get $ 20 billions? Even if it is avaliable, who will take that risk, how would you pay if Sudan bomb your oil facilities?Is there anyone who would take that risk?Even if you were given the money how much would be the interest rate and cost?

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                                          • 12 April 2012 00:10, by mohammed ali

                                            ..It wouldn’t be less than half the cost of 1 barrel of oil for a decade at least or when the oil is finished!Think it Rommel, PEACE would have been much better.It was not given any chance.You have been blinded by a sensless unreasonable hatred.If the war drags, your SPLA will disintigrte .It is not yet a single united army. Machar who led the last , is leading his own Neur millitia in this attack

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                                            • 12 April 2012 00:16, by mohammed ali

                                              ..They can’t sustain occuping Heglig.Even if they did , the cost will be extreemly very high!With no oil would the be able to pay that cost? Every genral in the south has got his spla units.You will see what will happen when this attack is repulesed.It will be repulsed!War is a disgrace, but you seem to like.6 month old and you go for war! It is insane!

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                                              • 12 April 2012 14:28, by Rommel

                                                Mohammed Ali:

                                                I want you to know that I *decided* to not respond to your impertient posts, because its become abundantly clear that you’re either partially illiterate, willfully ignorant or that your responses are a result of a noxious combination of both.

                                                You seem to be operating under the notion that quantity has a quality all on its own.

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                                                • 12 April 2012 15:00, by Rommel

                                                  You are stubborn beyond belief even when provided with a wealth of documented evidence, from sources of authority > official sources - and I suspect that this is a defence mechanism of some sort. I have no doubt that you will assert again and again that one cannot occupy his own country, as if blind to reality and the fact that we are no longer an integral part of Sudan!

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                                                  • 12 April 2012 16:03, by Rommel

                                                    The British were well aware of the tribal extent of communities on both sides of the provincial border — with this being pertinent to the dozen or so territories that I continually mention; the British governed these territories as part of the southern province for almost a century up until Sudan was granted independence in 1956.

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                                                    • 12 April 2012 17:32, by Rommel

                                                      I will spare you a desperately needed history lesson on the second civil war and will instead direct your attention to the peace agreement -the CPA- to which the agreement’s provisions relating to the border detailed and instructed both parties to respect the 1956 border; the 1956 border includes the Kafia Kingi enclave, Hofrat en Nahas, Kaka, Chali, Guli, Karassana, Aliny and many others in the

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                                                      • 12 April 2012 18:03, by Rommel

                                                        Southern province during the Condominium period. What part of this don’t you understand!? Willful obtuseness seems to be your only recourse. As for exploitation of fertile and resource-rich southern territories:


                                                        Guli is a small area resting in the triangle that connects Upper Nile, Blue Nile, and Sennar States. The village has historically belonged to Upper Nile, moving from Upper Nile

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                                                        • 12 April 2012 18:17, by Rommel

                                                          after 1956; first to al Gazeera province, then the Middle Region, and finally following a presidential decree in 1994 to Blue Nile State. It is currently administered by the newly established At-Tadamon Locality, a scarcely populated land with many mechanized *agricultural schemes*.

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                                                          • 12 April 2012 18:39, by Rommel

                                                            Renk, Upper Nile State:

                                                            Renk is a large swathe of territory belonging to the Abiliang Dinka; of which parts are currently occupation. The whole area was a site of huge investment following a wave of land legislation in the 1970s that transferred control from native administration to government structures. Following the opening up of the international market to Sudanese cereal crops

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                                                            • 12 April 2012 18:44, by Rommel

                                                              (particularly sorghum and millet), Khartoum expanded agricultural schemes in the border area; in areas like Upper Nile State. Dinka Abilang elders cite periodic raids, during which their people were killed and settlements burned, that accompanied a series of southward border shifts from Rabak to Khor Ayuel, to Jabalain, to the current location near Wonthau.

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                                                              • 12 April 2012 18:45, by Rommel

                                                                The border in 1956 was at Khor Ayul close to Kosti, the capital of White Nile State. In 1969 the border was moved to Jebelayn/Kur Wi half way between Renk and Kosti, and since 1989, it has moved further southwards to Jordah/ Withou. Jebelayn is now an administrative district administered by White Nile State.

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                                                                • 12 April 2012 18:46, by Rommel

                                                                  Thousands of Feddans of fertile lands were distributed to retired government and military officials, as well as to large national and Arab commercial companies (for example, 250,000 to Arab Sudanese Agric Company, 168,000 to Sudanese Egyptian Agric Co and 150,000 to SMA). The Dinka in Upper Nile remain extremely and personally aggrieved by the transfer of Dinka-controlled land to Khartoum.

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                                                                  • 12 April 2012 19:03, by Rommel

                                                                    Kaka & the Megenis mountains:

                                                                    Kaka and the megenis mountains in Manyo county are areas that belong the Shiluk community. This area has possible deposits of oil and has rich agricultural lands. The area now has Arab settlers, a development that is particularly acute in Um Jellala 20 kilometres west of the River Nile. Settlers have
                                                                    established companies for production of charcoal
                                                                    and *gum Arabic*

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                                                                    • 12 April 2012 19:08, by Rommel

                                                                      These are just a few of many examples I can provide, Mohammed. You constantly evoke your air force and the potential damage they can inflict upon our oil infrastructure without a morsel of understanding regarding military equipment. Your air force uses mortar rounds in lieu of precision guided bombs and missiles in aerial bombardment.

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                                                                      • 12 April 2012 19:10, by Rommel

                                                                        You also lack targeting pods of any worth; targeting pods are absolutely essential in ground operations; targeting pods allow an air force to devastate enemy ground forces. Temper your arrogance, Mohammed. I hate repeating myself, but it seems that I have to.

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                                                                        • 12 April 2012 19:17, by Rommel

                                                                          You are excoriating us as if it’s already been established that we initiated the engagement, when in fact multiple accounts pertaining to this clash have pointed to Khartoum. I am compelled to be a little more churlish here...

                                                                          .. are you on drugs!? Where have I mentioned race!? Why did you go on and on about that subject-matter when I didn’t bring it up? The rest of your posts are gibberish.

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      • 11 April 2012 20:19, by zulu

        The SPLA is deeper now within Sudan. They have gone beyond Heglig and are in pursuit for justice. NCP canno intimidate us continousely. Even if it mobilizes forces, it will be hard to drive SPLA further South because they have set a peremeter. The NCP has to adopt peace and reason because SS is not and never Chad.

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      • 11 April 2012 20:48, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. Ali,

        I use to respect your comments, however, lately you sounds very confused. North Sudan will ended up in chaos, you need to get ride of war criminals.

        Abyie, Blue Nile, Kordufan, and Darfur are all part of south Sudan. You will have better life if you want to have south Sudan citizenship. Bashir and his cohorts are world most wanted criminals, and all must hang.

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      • 11 April 2012 23:00, by child soldier

        Show me what u got and stop Guala guala.

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      • 12 April 2012 00:03, by abdo

        i would like to congratulate this brave forces who re managed to took control of oil-rich town, because people of north Sudan can,t get benefit from this oil,it,s only these who re narrow minded, who re in power buying weapon to kill there owe people, i hope they can go even more deeper

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  • 11 April 2012 08:14, by mohammed ali

    It is very stupid to think that the world is so stupid to believe the excuse the SPLA is giving.Evey time giving the same excuse.Unfortunately it is going to be full fledge war.The SPLA thiefs are not worried about is going to happen. Their families and money are far away.After the war is over, they will be called from wherever they are to repatriate the stolen money!

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    • 11 April 2012 09:07, by zulu

      From Jalaby, Northerner and Konan, I thought you were the most brilliant and a matured NCP. The three are just brainwashed as only you speak the NCP language. Nonetheless, your party bears the consequences. It did not listern to the 76 officer’s advice on engaging the spla. The same happened with Ghadafi, el Bashir or even Mobarak

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    • 11 April 2012 09:59, by Smith

      Mohamed Ali, shut up, it is not about money now but who is going to dislodge who in Sudan? your chinese are now out of the business....we have shut down all the oilfields including Heglig yesterday...Hawath El Jas has nothing in the pipeline now but it is unto him to decide whether to urinate in it so you export his urines and that one of Mujahadeen who went to heaven yesterday...you dumb idiotic

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    • 11 April 2012 11:37, by Logic


      HAahahahaahahaah... The SRF are leading the fight inside N. Sudan not the SPLA.

      Loolololoolololol, these internet warriors are just misguided jihadists! Don’t pay them no mind.

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    • 11 April 2012 14:00, by Smith

      SPLA has no excuses as you may perceived but liberating their land stolen by criminals in Khartoum...what did you do with the money you gained from oil for 21 years? you have used them to killed innocent civilians in Darfur, Blue Nile, S. Sudan and Kordufan and this project of NCP must stopped now...SPLA shall win

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    • 11 April 2012 15:17, by Genuine Leader

      pathological liar, shut up your mouth from provocating our honorable generals they are not looting you resources . they looted our resources . what about your international looters.

      your coward and no kid president will be one who will run away and our president publicly announced that his sons will lead this war did your president committed for this?.

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    • 12 April 2012 02:33, by child soldier

      Mouhamed, or u call yourself the messenger of Jehaad. I would like to empasize one thing to you from my own prospective point of view. Southern sudan and it’s citezen’s are not stupid, and they will not stand Idle for you crooks and satans of sahara desert to manopulate us and take our land; therefore, I will take up arm again and build my future from scratch.I dont have skyscrapper and i’ve oil?

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      • 12 April 2012 02:44, by child soldier

        Iam not done yet muhamed Ali. sudan does not belong to arab logically. Tell me what is the reason you r talking shit rite now? do you want the whole sudan?

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  • 11 April 2012 08:15, by Madina Tonj

    Heglig was rename in 2009 by Omar al Bashir but the original name is called Panthou, this is belong to Dinka in Unity State or part of Abyei within South Sudan territory.

    North Sudan are trying to conquset South Sudan territorial because of oil. My message to our bravers SPLA men please Kosti area is the only border and we want you to go ahead to Kosti and leave Heglig behind you thanks

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    • 11 April 2012 09:35, by mohammed ali

      Tonj, Heglig is not an Arab name to change to another name.The permenant court of arbiteration ruled that Heglig is part of Sudan.Your government accepted that.You can play with law in Juba as there is no law there, no theif had ever been apprehended; but you can’t play with international law.You name it whatever way you want, it is Sudanese land in the eyes of the international law.

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      • 11 April 2012 09:50, by Madina Tonj

        Mohamed Ali
        Those who ruling Heglig or Panthou, they were wrong because they are not supposed to take away the land they never seen in the first place. This border issue will take years however, if Khartoum behave this way then, all African tribes in both North Sudan,Wsetern Darfuri,Eastern Sudan, Nubian Mt and South Blue Nile will reunited and kick out every none African who brought such killing

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        • 12 April 2012 03:04, by child soldier

          Well you can organize and bring them on. Iam sick of your comments, you sounds like a freshmen that says"a picture is worth than a thousand word. Well tell me

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      • 11 April 2012 14:14, by Dinka Aliap Chawul


        South Sudan acknowledge the rule of international court of arbitration with expectation of similar concession from Khartoum to give up what it doesn’t even deserve to contest, the Abyei but all of these were bulldozz by takeover of Abyei by force.Now,Abyei,SK,BN and Panthou are official contesting region.continue

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      • 11 April 2012 14:18, by MKee

        international community don’t know our borders. what they did was just giving you a bit of the oil so that your economy don’t just colapse but real owners of land knew that it wasn’t correct. international comm will come later after and draw border far away from panathou. You now talk of international community, wel that is amazing let your uncle omar call international community as well!

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    • 12 April 2012 03:17, by child soldier

      Thanx comerade, now i can tell my childern the whole full story.
      That’s true.

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  • 11 April 2012 08:16, by Sundayw

    Our gallant forces performed their constitutional duty with greatness. We must support them and ensure that their families are well taken care of. Southerners must be proud to volunteer and serve in their armed forces under able officer corps. Our forces should be proud of their role in preserving our lands including those annexed to North in 1990s for oil like Panthou.

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    • 11 April 2012 08:40, by Chok Deng

      SPLA OYEEEEEE.Jalaby is a mad dog,what do u mean by airforce? Don’t be suprise by SPLA airforce in Panthou very soon.

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  • 11 April 2012 08:24, by Madina Tonj

    Now there is a big chances for SPLA North Sudan to take back Kurumu and heading to capture capital of South Blue Nile and also kick SAF out of Southern Kordofan State capital. There is a good chance for those Darfurian who are in SAF to escape out from SAF because Omar al Bashir would like to use you in case of South Sudan with North Sudan. Any opposition need to be aware not miss this chance

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  • 11 April 2012 08:26, by Predicted

    a prophecy was once told: That Khartoum would devastate the South, killing many people, and extracting its resources to enjoy all the riches for years...but after years of oppression, the south would become a nation. It’s flag would be raised at mount Zion...and a time will follow, where Khartoum will become very weak and Arabs will flee in fear. The power of the nation will belong to the South.

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    • 11 April 2012 08:59, by Michael Angelo


      Are you talking about Ngundeng again? Please get off here with your demon prophet. We don’t recognize Ngundeng as a true prophet at all.

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  • 11 April 2012 08:32, by Anti Dinka’s

    Mobruk/congratulations from finland

    please <<<<Kosti than khartoum
    fake Arabs destination will be Egypt
    end of story

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  • 11 April 2012 08:42, by E. Defense Forces
  • 11 April 2012 09:00, by Ahmado

    Is very amizing to heard that Heglig is under control of south sudan army congogregelation.Khartoum being provoking the south susdan since during the independant of south sudan.i advise SPLA to advance towards Khartoum because Arabs are not good people in future we are going to force out sudan the will go back to where they came from.

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  • 11 April 2012 09:11, by Madina Tonj

    68 years Old Omar al Bashir had been consisting war for many years while, he has no children to fight. Why North Sudanese allow themselves to be mislead by someone like Omar al Bashir who don’t know how important of child. I think he will listen now to 700 North Sudanese Officials officers who said, clearly they do not support any new war with South Sudan.

    Darfurian people don’t led be fool again

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  • 11 April 2012 10:09, by wad balad

    SPLA will never achive victory against sudan. These are the same tactics used by SPLA during the civil war. In no time SAF will respond and set them running back. But nevermind the military tactics, Im happy to see the people today in khartoum are more aware of the intentions of Southsudan towards sudan and are united, and united we will respond.

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    • 11 April 2012 13:57, by Smith

      You have never known how hard is to united behind a criminal but you shall test it...where is Gadhaffi, Ben Ali, Mubarak, Thomas of DRC, Joseph Kony, Osama Bin Laden and many more world criminals. you guys should install a new government where Darfuri is a Vice and Nuban as president and assistant from Funj and Kababish. demarcate borders with south Sudan and stop oil stealing and murdering of civ

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  • 11 April 2012 10:31, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    I will not indeed regret very much for what had happened in Abiemnom County of Dinka Ruweng Community, because this is not the first time for that incident to happen in Ruweng territory of Dinka Ruweng community of Abiemnom. It is true that Abiemnom County of Dinka Ruweng was the main place being target by the Arabs since the war started between the Southerners and the Northerners

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  • 11 April 2012 10:38, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Part of the previous article.

    "Prevarication is the useless tool" Look at the way in which Abiemnom of Dinka Ruweng community was described as follow: "South Sudan government, was the first to speak about the fighting earlier today when it denounced air attacks by Sudan air force targeting a strategic bridge in Abiemnhom which is situated west of Mayom town that is part of the Unity state.

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  • 11 April 2012 10:46, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Part to the second article:

    We know that Abiemnom county is from the western part of Unity State, but who are the indigenous people of this county?The indigenous people of this county are Dinka Ruweng community close to twic, Abyei, Nuer Leek and Panaruu.Right now its seem that Abiemnom is just like a jungle place,which is not inhabited by the people.

    AUGUSTINO DENG. Jech la mer from Tharpam

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  • 11 April 2012 10:50, by Martin Kat

    First of all, we congratulate our gallant fores for their commitment of captured oil rich town of Heglig they did their part, but the remaining parts will be our part as people of S Sudan in term of moral supports by contribute whatever we have by all main even in your hand as you are citizens of this nation to enable our soldiers to capture more remaining enemy control barracks.

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  • 11 April 2012 10:51, by Nasreldin

    You will not control Heglig for long time!!! why not focusing to solve the starvation you hav in South instead of getting into wars without any aim to achieve.. stupid thugs.

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    • 11 April 2012 20:42, by zulu

      It is better to starve than to be insecure, homeless, a slave to somebody and a begger. Starve while protecting your home and area. Purchase all the guns you need to defend your integrity. That is what the NCP failed to understand.

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  • 11 April 2012 10:55, by Sudan virus

    Great job SPLA!! SPLA oheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    This is not enough any way.More effort needed.

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  • 11 April 2012 11:08, by E. Defense Forces
    • 11 April 2012 11:56, by Mapuor

      SPLA is ivincible,twenty years of struggle evidence that.Militia were used in the South but yo no avail.South Sudanese are stronger than thugs who always enjoy the resources of the weaker communities.Bashir will be defeated willy nilly

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  • 11 April 2012 11:57, by Sara

    ??? ?? ?????? ? ?????? ??? ?? ??? ???????? ??? ????? ????? ?????? ???? ????? ??? ??? ???? ??? ??? ??????? ??? ??????? ? ??? ?????? ?????

    ????????? ??? ?????? ?????? ?? ??? ??????? ??? ?????? ????? ???? ??? ????? ?? ???? ???? ???? ? ?? ???? ??????? ? ??????? ? ?????? ?????? ??????? ? ?????? ? ??? ????? ?????? ?????? ??? ????? ???!!

    ?? ????? ?? ?.??? ???? ??? ???? ??? ????? ???????? ????? ??? ????

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  • 11 April 2012 12:12, by Mi diit

    SPLA warns to move to Khartoum if SAF provokes again!!!

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  • 11 April 2012 12:27, by Sara

    All comments that are now happy to what is happening on both sides is never acceptable!!

    At the end we (citizens) from both side are the big loser

    I’am from Sudan and i do have many friends from South Sudan i wish them best life as they wish to me

    SPLA+SAF = to where you are leading us?????

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    • 11 April 2012 13:45, by Smith

      I sympathize for this poor and innocent civilian....for sure Sara, you are a victim of the genocidal regime in Khartoum that only believed in killing and murdering innocent civilians for the greed of power.

      can you imagine, someone does not have kids but he is happy to used and killed other peoples’ kids. this is a crime and the sudanese should understand that Bashir is no more good 4 the country

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      • 11 April 2012 14:44, by Sara

        For sure smith, but what makes this worst is that we as civilian should have different reactions about what is going now and after, we should say "NO thank you" for both government we don’t want war again.. not by clapping and cheering of what is happening.

        we should feel sorry for those who died from both side in the past days.

        I am wondering if there are any wise person in the two countries??

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        • 11 April 2012 15:16, by Dinka Aliap Chawul


          Yeah! there’re wise people in both sides but the devil master Bashir dont want peace to prevail between two countries.He’s sicken minded that South Sudan is still it backyard which he can play in and out.We need peace with respects for our territorial integrity and wealth.

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    • 11 April 2012 21:04, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Ms. Sara,

      Do you know what is "KARMA’?. Northern Sudan has killed 2.5 millions south Sudan citizens. Khartoum had killed almost millions of Darfur citizens, what planet have you been?. Ignorance is an excuse for stupidity. Bashir and his cohorts are the world most wanted criminals and they all should hang.

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      • 12 April 2012 09:25, by Sara

        Both sides suffered great losses in lives and money, loss of life is not measured by numbers, deaths of one person is equal to killing all people, also I thought that after the signing of the peace agreement and the separation of South Sudan, we will begin a new page,why you repeat the 2.5 again?

        I repeat:We as citizens must be against the war, I was hoping to find even one vote supports this

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        • 18 April 2012 04:18, by Elijah B. Elkan

          Ms. Sara, I am summing you’re female, if not my apologies to you. Apparently you know nothing about losing a love one. Like Mom, Dad and 3 brothers in one week. If this happen to you you will change your tune and you see things differently. Khartoum government is in business of killing people. 2.5 million southern. I know for a fact you don’t understand what Islamic fanatic doing to none Muslims.

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  • 11 April 2012 13:01, by Hitler

    Compatriot! Galant SPLA forces and Leadership of our New Independent State - South Sudan. It is time we can not sustain and contain this war at the boarder. We can not score goals here. we must move it to the other end of the goal post. Track this criminals where ever they are and bring them to justice for war against our child.. and women.

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  • 11 April 2012 13:30, by stateman

    Can we shut down those pipes too or let them bomb their infrastructures for us as more military hardware arrives will push for the border protocol without a political settlement if there’s anything you should know is when

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  • 11 April 2012 13:34, by American Missile.

    SPLA have never give up since 1983-2005.we will defend our Country to the last man.
    However,the position of people of South Sudan is to protects the populations.we will teach them a lesson they will never forget.
    God bless South Sudan.

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  • 11 April 2012 13:39, by stateman

    At Jalaby an e.t.c you guys question his h.e president of r.s.s salva kirr advance statement on heglig now s.a.f vow to recapture it war is imminent lets start stop the propaganda till kosti will push the line

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  • 11 April 2012 14:07, by E. Defense Forces
    • 11 April 2012 15:26, by sober

      Genesis -9 .(Ham), the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers outside. When (Noah) awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, he said, "Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.” ( Ham, ancestor of South Sudan nation ), are slaves forever.

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  • 11 April 2012 16:42, by Northern Sudanese

    don’t worry guys.......in a few days you will be crying :D !!!!!! you celebrate as if this is the end hahahahahhaa

    SAF will kill them all in no time.......sudanese people are now united more than ever before :D

    this is our countries first International war since seperation!!!!!

    you say Oyee

    and we say Allahu Akbar!!!!!

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  • 11 April 2012 16:42, by Kim Deng


    It was a big mistake in the first place when Heglig, Abyei, Blue Nile, Nuba Mnts... were counted as part of that damn desert. But it never been too late to regain back all those areas despite the Mighty South Sudan’s army lead by coward/cowboy guy.

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    • 11 April 2012 22:11, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Kim Deng

      You’re not law abiding citizen,how come u always abuse president of state and call him a coward.if he was a coward as u sort,he’d have not lead and defend us into achieving our ultimate goal.Salva is no match to any commander in the SPLA or south sudan there4 if u ve personal feud with him than be straight,he’s savage army and he’s our hero and true true freedomfighter who has never re

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      • 12 April 2012 00:48, by Kim Deng


        It will not take him (cowboy) at least a week before he ordered the South Sudan’s army to full back from Heglig. Why? Because he is coward.

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  • 11 April 2012 17:38, by acuil deng

    Heglig, now settled by "Messiriya Arabs" is the traditional land of "Dinka and Nuer" of Pariang, Abiemnhom, Rubkona and Mayom counties who were displaced from their land in the 1960s. However, the Sudan government which lost 75% of its oil revenue, backed by the Hague, is claiming "Heglig and Abyei" to be theirs, since both are oil-rich and that "Messiriya Arabs" need the land for their grazing.

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  • 12 April 2012 03:04, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    SPLA triumph wouldn’t want to listen for more execuses, because enough is enough for us SPLA to be assertive and submission for accepting principles, with peace of respecting Human Rights abuses. SPLA should continue advancing to others places.

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