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Juba acknowledges US role in training security forces


December 2, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan has acknowledged the importance of the United States involvement in training of its army and other security organs in the country.

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A U.S. Special Forces trainer supervises a military assault drill for a unit within the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) conducted in Nzara on the outskirts of Yambio November 29, 2013. (Photo Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

Several officers have, in recent months, benefited from various trainings provided with financial support from the US government.

At least 15 South Sudan officers with support from the US completed a two-week training program on agriculture management and prison industries in June this year.

“Yes, we are thankful to the American government for all types of support we have received and continue to provide to augment the current efforts of our government", interior minister Aleu Ayeny Aleu exclusively told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

The minister, a general in South Sudan army (SPLA), said the support his government receives from the US administration and its people was “immeasurably reflective of historical ties”.

“Effective government, the rule of law and sustainable economic development are all necessary for long-term stability in any country, but multiple factors continue to hinder them”, Aleu said.

Currently, they [US] are helping us transform our security forces, particularly police and the SPLA, he added.

The US administration had, in the past, affirmed its commitment to help the SPLA transform into a modernized army.

In 2011, the US Department of Defense (DOD) initiated a dialogue with South Sudan army to ensure the latter’s transition from a guerrilla force to one that can provide adequate defense capabilities for its people and territory.

Meanwhile, a senior military officer has echoed the interior minister’s view on the support South Sudan had received from the US government and it people in terms of training.

“The government of America had helped a lot in providing training to our soldiers as part of general transformation into becoming a professional army”, said the officer, who asked not to be named.

We have had training on various areas to strengthen the capability of our soldiers in all areas, he added.

The officer specifically cited the US role in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), through intelligence gathering techniques used by its military experts deployed to track down the rebel activities in parts of Western Equatoria state.

“Sometimes, people do not see the importance of such training until when time comes. The training on tactical and intelligence gathering which our troops had in 2012 from US military experts is now helping them a lot in carrying out their activities as part of the regional force hunting Lord Resistance Army”, he said.

"The main objective of that training was to provide them with basic security knowledge on how to gather information and coordinate with other colleagues involved in the operation. This had helped a lot", he added.

This year, the U.S Department of State has reportedly provided $28.9m on initiatives to strengthen law enforcement, judiciary and corrections systems in South Sudan.


The interior minister, on the other hand, downplayed concerns that government had failed to deliver services to its people in accordance with the ruling party (SPLM) vision of taking towns closer to the people, saying more was underway, despite the challenges.

“It is unfair to say nothing had changed from the time we took over the affair of this country. A lot of have been done despite the challenges, but this does not mean that more efforts should not be exerted. More will be done and things will never continue to be the same. The situation will change”, he stressed.

Aleu said who claimed government had not delivered services to the people were simply opposed to the current leadership.

“We have done a lot even though the whole world knows we are a young new nation. Some countries became independent about 50 years ago [but] are still having challenges today. Our situation is even being appreciated”, said the minister.

So, whatever is being said about this country is no less a drama than that in other countries, but portrayed as if they are different, he added.


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  • 3 December 2013 08:03, by Mi diit

    Thanks US for the training. I hope these good for nothing leaders like Aleu will not say the army is young to be trained professionally. They are not young yet they want to behave like young as an excuse for messing up the affairs of the country. Don’t choose to crawl first Aleu if you can immediately walk.

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    • 3 December 2013 08:20, by Wicdail

      USA are trying their best to transforms SPLA into professional and national army. On other hand, Kiir his thugs are trying their best to deformed the SPLA into their own militias to eliminate their opponents. USA must first make sure that Kiir is out of power if they need their help to be reality and lasting in South Sudan. Otherwise it will be in vain.

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      • 3 December 2013 08:22, by Wicdail

        I meant Kiir and his thugs

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      • 3 December 2013 09:14, by Lorolokin

        USA should have train the president to become a proffessional president first before shift to the army.

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        • 3 December 2013 20:14, by Nyesi Ta

          Kinkak, I think it’s a good idea to train the army and educate them of their role for any president, current or future not to use them for their political interest. I believe that any army trained by America will understand their responsibilities as national army within the jurisdiction of an independent military institution that supports and respects democracy.

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      • 3 December 2013 12:47, by Naath

        Thank to Dr Riek Machar for your invited US personal to trained south sudanese Arm force to become responsible for their own country we really appreciated your hard work thanks again. Hopeless and confuse kiir will not get any chance again,you can see the insecurity in juba that course by hopeless kiir, uncivilize gogrial primitive will be arrested if he insisted to go, no joke this time

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      • 3 December 2013 14:56, by Rommel

        Oh yes, that’s precisely what we need... Foreign governments having their pick of who it is they want to be our ’Sovereign’, and making it so, at anytime of their choosing. That’s not a country! It’s not even a satrapy... it’s a bloody circus. Let’s suppose for a minute that we grant foreign governments with licence to remove our ’governments’ [deserving of death as they are] at will...

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        • 3 December 2013 15:11, by Rommel

          .. What do you *think* [I’m being kind] would happen if they should deem [whatever brain dead hick your thinking of] to be insufficiently compliant for a quisling!? Wicdail, I want to insult you, but you strike me as a person that is just literally too stupid to insult.

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          • 3 December 2013 15:26, by Rommel

            Like any patriot, I want our military to be more formidable, and as such, I want it to be better structured, more transparent, more strategic, infinitely more disciplined, more flexible and better furnished... but I think we should all ask ourselves this question: What does the United States expect of us in return for this ostensibly act of grace and tenderness?

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            • 3 December 2013 15:48, by Rommel

              There’s no such as a free lunch. What role does the United States want us to play on the grand chessboard in the region? Ethiopia has a role, Uganda has a role, Rwanda has a role and poor Congo plays the role of eternal victim. Even outwardly defiant Sudan has a role in America’s "war on terror". Can’t you people see past the nauseating guff and recognize the essence?

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              • 3 December 2013 15:59, by Rommel

                Uganda and Rwanda are used by the Anglo-American establishment to predate on the obscenely resource rich DRC. This is how the world really works — Realpolitik.

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    • 3 December 2013 08:25, by Mayom County Boy

      Thank goes to USA goverment for the capacity building trianing he gave to south sudanese Amry
      it is apperciateable to us we people of Republic of south sudan .

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  • 3 December 2013 09:35, by Gat-khir

    Americans are wasting their time and money trying to transform SPLA. They trained many people specially in the area of management and finance, but those trained are not always deployed. I suggest they should concentrate in combat training like what they are doing to commando unit in Nzara.

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    • 3 December 2013 10:10, by moto


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  • 3 December 2013 14:46, by Kikiji longiro

    Don,t you feel ashmed, if this is Reik who bring this system,why didn,t he did it when he was working with Kiir as vice president ?
    Shme of you because you are praying for a dead body.
    Did Reik know anything better than smilling & sleeping?

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  • 3 December 2013 15:30, by Simbaya Afrika

    There we go, I thought the US government used to called the SPLA/M terrorist and now they are helping train them for what, how can they train terrorist if the SPLA/M was terrorist? I hope our people realize this before it is too late.

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    • 3 December 2013 16:03, by sudani ana

      I recon what the Americans are doing is training the SRF in South Sudan under the pretence that they are training the SPLA. Things are never what they seem with uncle Sam.

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      • 3 December 2013 17:09, by zulu

        Sudani inti
        When the Iranians and the Chinese provide you with arsenal and training, it is perfect and so you provide training for the LRA, SSDF, Yau Yau, but tell South Sudan not to support its allies. Hell. Let US provide training to SRF for their protection against immigrants like you who have marginalized the Nuba and the Fur original Sudanese.

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