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February 24 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s army chief, Gen. James Hoth Mai on Saturday reiterated the capacity of the national army to protect the country’s territorial integrity, as part of its constitutional obligation.

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SPLA chief of staff General James Hoth Mai (Photo Moses Lomayat)

Gen. Hoth, while speaking at a function organised by Ngok Lual Yak community in the South Sudan capital, Juba urged politicians in the country not to inflame conflict, but rather promote peace in the new nation.

“There is reason why we should be killing ourselves while we still have issues to address together as people of one nation. We do not need to fight one another at all for whatever reason. We are all South Sudanese and I urge you all to embrace peace and live together as brothers and sisters”, said the army chief.

He described South Sudan’s national army as an “independent” and “loyal” force, with no political affiliation in the country.

“As an army, we do not have tribes. We do not classify into tribes. In the army, we are not Dinka. We are not Nuer. We are not Bari. We are not Mundari. We are all SPLA and our identity is South Sudan. We are all south Sudanese people. If there are people who classify us, then let them know now we do not such classification in the army”, he stressed.

In an earlier interview, James Koang Chol, army fourth division commander in South Sudan’s Unity state said the army will fight to protect its people and the country’s territorial integrity, should Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) invade the new nation.

Chol said the SPLA forces have been monitoring operations of SAF and its allied militias in neighbouring South Kordofan state, accusing the Sudanese army of continuously bombing its territories in Jau, killing two people.

He however told Sudan Tribune that the southern army would retaliate, if provoked into war by Khartoum, as part of its mandate to protect South Sudan’s territorial integrity.

The SPLA, which fought over two decades of civil war with the Sudan army (SAF), is set to become South Sudan Armed Forces (SSAF), according to the country’s transitional constitution, adopted on 9 July, 2011.

To-date, South Sudan army still faces several challenges within the military, given that most of its officers still lack the basic training required to transform the force in to a professional army.
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  • 25 February 2013 06:36, by George Bol

    Do your thing general James Hoth.there are militia who jelous about you being there but they are Arab affiliation drive by just food nothing.

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    • 25 February 2013 07:35, by Nuer Empire

      George Bol:Ce muor lom? E ngu ngayi gar jiok?

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      • 25 February 2013 10:08, by Tong dut

        That is right mr james,
        Let us leave Dinkas to kill each others, but our problems is jalaba, not among ourselves.
        Dinkas will makes things to a useless points, by killing them selves before the Arabs.
        But for other tribes nothing like that.

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    • 25 February 2013 08:30, by wang

      We want everyone to participate on this war you are talking about Mr. Betrayers. Time of using Nuer to protect this country is gone. We did our part when we burnt down the entirety Heglig to ashes last year. Let Jaang shows us what they have got this time instead of running around stealing public money and other land.

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      • 25 February 2013 09:54, by Joseph

        Wang,
        That is very true bro. They (Dinkas)called other tribes betrayers, cowards, collaborators. Let us see if Dinkas alone can manage any war. This time around Ugandans, Kenyans, Congolese and other Countries will not accept them as refugees because of the barbaric behaviors.

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      • 25 February 2013 13:15, by Majongdit

        Wang, you don’t know what you are saying. I know you judge from a point of complete innocence. Panthou was attacked by a tribe called SPLA. The attack was under the command of Obote Mamur, an Equatorian, Mangar Buong, Dinka Yirol, Gaduel, Nuer and Marin Athiak, Dinka Yirol. I’m sure among those who attacked Panthou more than half are Dinka. If you doubt go see Div 4&6.

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    • 25 February 2013 09:57, by ngadodo

      What South Sudan’s army chief, Gen. James Hoth Mai, said not bad at all this is way for somebody who present Country defenses would said, but this Army of today they’re not real Army of Country their burned Town downs and killing Civilians like in Pibor and Boma some days back which mean that telling us, they’re represent others tribes not all Country for me. Army for bush before better then today

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      • 25 February 2013 09:58, by ngadodo

        page cntinues Army let army chief, Gen. James Hoth Mai; find way of training these military others wise Community like Murle going to be finishes in their hands.

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  • 25 February 2013 06:46, by Malou Manyiel

    Army cheif,
    It is good that the army has no tribes basis, but the question is why SPLA is not putting Yau Yau’s rebellion to an end? If he (Yau Yau)is believed to have links with Khartoum which is also external aggression, why can’t you deal with him militarily?

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    • 25 February 2013 13:37, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      I HOPE THIS STATEMENT WAS NOT RELEASED AFTER SOME GOOD LIQUOR,SPLA CAPABILITY IS IN QUESTION IN PIBOR AND THE GENERAL EVADED QUESTIONS BY TALKING ABOUT EXTERNAL AGRESSION.

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  • 25 February 2013 06:51, by Deng II

    He is the man I respect indeed, Some Stupid Nuer doesn’t like him because he been fighting Arab for whole of his life. But Indeed, they like killer of Southerners so call Machar De Bashit.

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  • 25 February 2013 07:15, by Jalaby

    Feed your hungry soldiers mouths first, how can a hungry soldier fight while he is dying of hunger?!
    SAF bombards you on a weekly basis and you do nothing other than complaining is that your capability of fighting external aggression you mean sir?!
    Visionless people outcome are always null value!!

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    • 25 February 2013 07:27, by Jay

      Jalaby, why is feeding South Sudanese soldiers is the only one that rings in your head every time? Have you had enough for your own soldiers in Sudan to eat and the one that doesn’t have enough are South Sudanese? Are you that highly irrational?

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    • 25 February 2013 07:37, by ngomrom

      Dear Jaalabia yes you bomp us weekly and we are not able to retaliate good the answer is we do not want to be part of your ICC like Bashir time will came when every body in the face of the world has known our inocencee then you will see.For now plse go to Kurmuk
      Thanks Ngomrom

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    • 25 February 2013 11:31, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Any Rebellion organized to disturb the govt will not have space although you are saying they are hungry Jalaby,where is Johnson Oliny?.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 25 February 2013 13:11, by Al-mezan

      Jabona,
      Memorise these words "gadhuo awaajibakum be khutman" translates " carry out ur duties in silence" The SPLA is not hungry and if it is hungry, then hunger is part of life of a hardworker who needs too much energy output. The SPLA is not just crying that we are being bombed, the reactant force is why tremblingly call for security first. SPLA IS CARRYING OUT IT DUTIES IN SILENCE.

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    • 25 February 2013 13:23, by Costa

      Jalaby, does bombing of civilian make you stronger than South Sudan army? Why don’t u come up and face us like men.You are sending ministers all over middle East countries these days, if you have enough why run around begging weapons? This is your nature, you open your eyes wide to show your strength while having your ass licking fear.

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  • 25 February 2013 07:50, by master

    talk very easy but act very hard
    don’t rave mr hoth
    every day you cry and saying SAF bombed our position
    be pratical and show us your bravery and stop your bad habits of crying
    SPLA dinka army and you slave of dinka and the rest world knew this fact
    stay in your position and enyoy your money from dinka
    you are outcast from nuer

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  • 25 February 2013 08:03, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Mr.Jalaby, what do you mean by visionless people? we see war further than you N-Sudanese people do with that Terrorist bluring eyes. Okay,if you can tell me, what have you seen? if the country is being run by one family for decades; is that called vision?. I think you N-Sudanese people need to wake up and see clearly before that country shrank into one little town. I voted for SRF.

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  • 25 February 2013 08:11, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Because I think they will make good government. That govt of Bashir is not taking peolpe no where is a leading back government.

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  • 25 February 2013 09:12, by pabaak

    Defend of our integrity is paramount it said numerous time but is to be said to defend our airspace from the enemy, how many time has been said that our army are capable of defending this nation,and without doubt they are doing it since war started in early eighties, now job of government has to provide modern equipment to enable them carry out their duties effectively, things like air missiles

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  • 25 February 2013 10:50, by 4Justice

    I am bitterly disappointed and frustrated by the persistent lack of a robust tactical Air Command and air defense weapon system since 2005. The quote "capacity to protect the country’s territorial integrity" must include all-altitude, all-weather air defence weapon system such as the Patriot surface-to-air missile (PAC3) to defend against high-flying Antonov aircraft.

    The main objective of air defense is to prevent enemy air action from interfering with ground operations. Air defense forces protect ground units and other potential targets including civilians from aerial attacks by fixed-wing aircraft, cruise missiles, and armed helicopters. Ground forces then can continue their own missions.

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    • 25 February 2013 11:23, by pabaak

      4Justice
      I don’t know why the leadership of country simply ignore the urgent need for the air defense system as such you have shown? if small and poor countries were able to provide themselves with such weapons why not us? I don’t think we are going to be bankrupt if we try buy some, but are not only for cash either, along as you will be committed to terms and obligation of sellers, they can be

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      • 25 February 2013 11:34, by pabaak

        borrowed and paid whenever you prepared for it.In fact the insecurity in Jonglei State is because of poor air defense system, Yau Yau were small number without enough weapons, enemy spoil S. Sudan weak air defense system by penetrated into its territory and parachuting large amount of weapons to Yau Yau rebels and as a result many people have died civilian and soldiers which could have

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        • 25 February 2013 11:36, by pabaak

          averted if there were capable air space defense system

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    • 25 February 2013 14:47, by Peacocktail

      Justice,
      SPLA have them but instructed by US not to use them because they hit a comercial flight asumming it belong to SAF.US do not wanted SPLA to get involved World agenda of Terrorism as it happen Lokabi during Col Gadhafi regime.
      SPLA is capable for sure and SAF is very weak army in the World. Thanks Gen Hoth, your are number person in safeguarding Unity of SPLA. I don’t like the pasted SSAF

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    • 25 February 2013 16:41, by master

      4Justice
      if you get air defense system we will destroy it period

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    • 26 February 2013 00:09, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      4justic south Sudan army farce can not bent their back from symbol Arab Gun.

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  • 25 February 2013 11:12, by Makunon

    SPLA, Hoth Oyee. Transform all Nuer militias to competence army capable to carry on national duty upto the end. 1991 defection achieved nothing but hatred and resulted into defeat of SPLA forces in many towns blamed to that. We expected nuer warriors to be consistent with liberation to end, but defection changed Nuer history and dignity before any national citizen minus cowards equatorian.

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  • 25 February 2013 13:20, by Kalo

    The time for beating the drums is over,is now the time for actions,you either fight or keep quick and slept.
    Kalo,Song of Nuba.

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  • 25 February 2013 14:17, by Bentiu Elite

    ALL nonsense guys here do not know the reality with the SPLA. Last year SPLA RESPONDED to these air attack FROM Khartoum SAF. But what happened? Khartoum SAF was beaten out of Panthou(Heglig) and killed in masses by the SPLA . Then Khartoum started CRYING TO America ,China , Russia ...etc . Now they are repeating the same. SPLA will not pull its penis out after a second FUCK,Omar should know!!!!

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    • 25 February 2013 14:42, by Nuer Empire

      Dear thief of General staff:Let coward Jaang/slaves go infront.They are making flanks of mouth wars so many times while many of them did not fight or see the war.Give them times to fight at the moment than letting them loot and proud!
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 25 February 2013 16:48, by Ker.

        Nuer Empire you are just obsess of Dinka for no reason but your hatred will burn inside you like a will fire

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  • 25 February 2013 16:38, by Kim Deng

    When will these coward Jaang/Slaves stop using the Mighty Nuer Warriors like shields since 1800s? In those years they (Jaang/Slaves) used to side with the invaders (the British), and put Nuer Warriors in frontline when it comes between North and South.
    Shame on them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 25 February 2013 16:38, by Kim Deng

    When will these coward Jaang/Slaves stop using the Mighty Nuer Warriors like shields since 1800s? In those years they (Jaang/Slaves) used to side with the invaders (the British), and put Nuer Warriors in frontline when it comes between North and South.
    Shame on them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 25 February 2013 16:39, by Kim Deng

    When will these coward Jaang/Slaves stop using the Mighty Nuer Warriors like shields since 1800s? In those years they (Jaang/Slaves) used to side with the invaders (the British), and put Nuer Warriors in frontline when it comes between North and South.
    Shame on them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 25 February 2013 16:42, by Kim Deng

    North of the Sobat River, the British faced even more formidable and intransigent opposition from the Eastern Jikany Nuer who lived along the Ethiopian frontier. They were well armed with rifles and ammunitions from Ethiopia and raid neighbors, the Burun and Koma to the North, the Dinka and Anyuak to the South – as well as Ethiopian tribes in the Western foothills.

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  • 25 February 2013 16:43, by Kim Deng

    Under the command of Lt. Col. Bacon a powerful patrol was finally launched against the Eastern Jikany Nuer from Nasir in January 1920, complete with machine guns and airplanes. The three sections of Eastern Jikany Nuer Warriors attacked the advanced troops; sustaining heavy losses conflicted on both sides including the life of Lt. Col. Bacon. The Jikany Warriors were led by Captain of war, Mr. Mut

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  • 25 February 2013 16:45, by Kim Deng

    There are no recorded instances in which the Dinka succeeded in countering a large-scale Nuer offensive without government assistance, despite the fact that they were issued guns and ammunitions by the government and hold a strong advantage in this respect. The Dinka were evidently incapable of mounting an offensive counteroffensive that would have tied down Nuer forces in defense of home...

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  • 25 February 2013 16:45, by Kim Deng

    territory and were likewise unable to recoup their steady losses in cattle and land. The Nuer were thus free to leave their villages undefended while they engaged in extended raids, operating from bases established in conquered Dinka villages.

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    • 25 February 2013 18:13, by Khat Nyalang Kuoth

      Fighting between Chieng Kuoth and Cie-Man Muori(Birds): Once there was a big party organized between Cie-man muori(all small birds except the blessed Guk Yow Kuoth/the white blessed dove called by jaang as Kur)and cie man Kuoth(Include all big birds,like Rial beek,Boong Det Kuoth,Khat Nyalang Kuoth,Kiel Doak Kuoth,Gumut or owl,Bidit Kuoth...In the wars,Bidiit Kuoth was murdered by coward Cie-Man M

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      • 25 February 2013 18:21, by Khat Nyalang Kuoth

        Bidiit Kuoth was murdered by coward cie-Man Muori believed to be more populous,but couldn’t face the warrior from Cieng Kuoth/From God ’s family.In the party,Gumut Kuoth was a DJ and had decided to swallow the drum after hearing that his brother was murdered by coward Cie-Man Muori.Khat Nyalang was a nephew to cie Man Kuoth and was the singer for Cie Man Kuoth.In the fight there were a lot promis

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        • 25 February 2013 18:30, by Khat Nyalang Kuoth

          There were lot of promises in the fighting:Pien/apin or wasp from Cie Man Muori had his belt and said the belt will remain on his waist if the fight would not be fought.Then Jal Kuoth said I will become deaf if the fight will not be fought.The two guys promised and the fight was not fought.However,what they promised became true for them upto dates.See Jal it is a deaf(ming)and Pien has a thin abdo

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          • 25 February 2013 18:41, by Khat Nyalang Kuoth

            Pien has a thin abdomen with belt which refused to come out.I’m the likes of Nuer ’s storical teller with the likes of Kim Deng,Ruach...who are teaching coward Jaang different stories of the days.I’m Khat Nyalang Kuoth with Geah Raan Hou Kuoth.Nuer are from God from Gaeh Raan(Human) Hou Kuoth.I proud of being in the Royal Family of God unlike the rest of cowards and their allies.

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            • 26 February 2013 00:04, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

              I like this story mr khat nyalang kuoth.

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              • 26 February 2013 18:45, by Khat Nyalang Kuoth

                Thank you Pinyin Gatkuoth

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  • 26 February 2013 03:51, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Most Naath food Lover; the good Naath will fight against Arab settlers with Ajaangdit together. Ajang has never declared war against his bros Naath. Some Naath are craving to be massacring Jaang on the face of earth south Sudan. This time there is No Bilpam as Garang use to keep Jaang men in training and protect headquarter. Jaang have a power to response beyond Naath capacity. Do craves badly so

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    • 26 February 2013 07:06, by Nuer Empire

      Nguetbuny:Those who are doing the works don’t talk too much that we did this and these in the past like you guys are doing now.Don’t lie.Jaang/slaves respond what? Don’t beat drum of wars that you will not attend should it happen.
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 26 February 2013 05:26, by Odingo

    We are all South Sudanese, but we are not all SPLA ya General Hoth Mai. Folks, suppose General Hoth is removed today from chief staff position by Kiir Kingdom. what do you think will happen? SPLA is not existing no more since we got independence.It is now a party and army should be known as South Sudan independence army(SSIA)Folks, the General doesn,t even know that he will be next to send home

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  • 26 February 2013 09:07, by Turism

    is ever like that but implementation to open arm to those idoits arabs one day. it is good move if it is true.

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