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Two US military aircrafts "fired at" in Jonglei, four injured


December 21, 2013 (JUBA) – Four United States military personnel were injured on Saturday when their aircraft was "shot at" in the rebel-held Jonglei state capital, Bor.

The US embassy in Juba confirmed the incident, which comes a week after violence broke out in country’s capital, later spreading to other states.

“The #Bor evac flight came under fire, preventing the evacuation attempt. Four U.S. Service members were injured during the attack”, the US embassy tweeted.

So far the US Embassy has evacuated 450 American citizens and other foreign nationals from the capital Juba, but was has so far been unable to begin evacuations from Bor, the capital of Jonglei.

Army defectors took control of Bor earlier this week but the spokesperson for the South Sudanese army (SPLA) said on Saturday that they had regained control of the town, which is just 200km north of the capital.

More than 500 people, the United Nations said, have since been killed since Sunday with an estimated 35,000 reportedly displaced in the worst ever conflict in the country’s post-secession era.

South Sudan president Salva Kiir has blamed his former deputy Riek Machar and other opponents within the ruling SPLM of instigating the incident, which initially involved the presidential guards. Machar, however, denied any involvement saying it was a move to silence those opposed to Kiir’s leadership.

The US president Barrack Obama said the new nation risks returning to full scale war, if the volatile situation was not controlled. The Obama administration also dispatched Donald Booth, its special envoy to the two Sudans for talks on the matter.


Meanwhile, the Ugandan army has strongly refuted earlier reports that its military aircraft bombarded rebel-held positions in Bor on Saturday.

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’’No Ugandan planes are in Bor nor are there any Ugandan planes that have been shot,’’ Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the spokesman, of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) said in an email to Sudan Tribune.

Gen. Katumba Wamala, the army chief of staff also denied his army’s alleged involvement in the conflict, which threatens peace and stability in South Sudan.

“Bor is a couple of miles from Juba, unless we posses supernatural powers, we couldn’t have moved that fast”, he tweeted in response to a journalist.

The Ugandan army on Thursday said it had deployed troops in South Sudan to help secure its citizens from the increasingly volatile country.

More than 150 Ugandans, according to media reports, were evacuated from Juba by a military aircraft that had flown in Ugandan special forces to the South Sudan capital.

Uganda has a long history of security cooperation with South Sudan, dating back to the long struggle for independence from Sudan and, more recenyly, in operations against the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group, which originated in northern Uganda.


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  • 21 December 2013 17:54, by omoni jr.

    Let incompetent kiir reap what he sow.

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    • 21 December 2013 18:25, by Ahmed Chol

      What was the USA doing there over Bor? They don’t people over there. Why do they come when Kiir is sending troops on the ground to Bor? They should have told Kiir first to stop the fight as Kerry and OBAMA told Kiir yesterday. Yet Kiir is doing the opposite. He is pursuing war regardless of his grave violations he has committed.

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    • 22 December 2013 05:55, by Tutbol

      Let SUDANTRIBUNE plays, it Europeans & US propaganda, it must remember that Europeans & corporate US are not wanted in S Sudan cum-sun-cum rain. They can play their dirty game in West Africa or their Arabs world, but in S Sudan, they will be badly bloody nosed for their meddling. Being french, British or American doesn’t mean anything to S Sudanese>>>>

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      • 22 December 2013 06:07, by Tutbol

        those three countries have over-milked their evil UNSC club to molest other nations, with their NGOs manned by their secret agents. But S Sudanese must show these evil their right places. Those three nations thrive on exporting wars to other nations purposely to steal. The different between CIA, MI6, MI5, Arab gulf states, Talibans & Al qaida is very murky>>>

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        • 22 December 2013 06:18, by Tutbol

          Their man Riek Machar will be hanged in public so that these three evil nations can see how much contempt S Sudanese consider them. Corporate US or the UK must be considered S Sudanese enemies number one their meddling in other peoples countries’ affairs stink to high havens---the UK is our & Arab N Sudan are our sworn enemies & sticking their filthy noses into>>>

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          • 22 December 2013 06:31, by Tutbol

            our country’s affairs will always be dealt with accordingly. No British or French are be allowed to trade in our state of Jonglei, never. The Frecnch that they may intrigue their way into our country through its SUDANTRIBUNE Propaganda machine, but will rust like their rusting *bucketwheel* now rusting away in our nilotic plains state of Jonglei>>>

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            • 22 December 2013 06:35, by Tutbol

              countries like France should better play their evil game with its West and central African people who worship them, but in our nilotic S Sudan, we don’t consider evil Europeans our gods, but evils and criminals.

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  • 21 December 2013 17:57, by omoni jr.

    He imported his fucking dictatorship from Uganda. This is south sudan, not uganda.
    Imagaine, how kiir handle simple riot,and let it go out of hands.

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  • 21 December 2013 18:02, by hellonearth

    Kiir Please step down together with your short people Ugandans that you brought to kill south Sudanese.

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  • 21 December 2013 18:37, by Mohammed Ali 2

    The old anti-imperialist SPLA is back! Machar wouldnt dare to do that.This certainly done by the desperate force of Agar,Al Hilue and Arman retreating after their defeat in SK.Cmmorade Pagan, Edward Lino and Dr.Luka all were member of the old so called " Democratic Front" the student face of the Sudanese Communist Party in university of Khartoum.SRF are now joining the rebells in unity state...con

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    • 21 December 2013 18:48, by Mohammed Ali 2

      CON: to control the oilfields , hence depleting both government from cash.Also , they want to pull the SAF to the quagmire of the civil war. Sudan should be very careful and not to interfer at any cost. We have our bufget adjust at 0 income from SS oil, and we are moving reasonably well.After-all 60,000 bpd is of no help to us.

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      • 21 December 2013 19:38, by Majongdit

        Who is this Mohammed Ali 2 pretender? Go away son of a whore! The country is under control. Bor has been recaptured, more than half the soldiers who defected have surrendered to SPLA. Bentiu will soon be brought under control and oil fields will be protected by the militias and Dr Riek rebels...take it from me.

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  • 21 December 2013 23:53, by Joseph Canada


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    • 22 December 2013 06:42, by Tong dut

      The only message is leave us alone.

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    • 22 December 2013 07:17, by Deng II

      Joseph Canada
      Dinka became an uncured cancer of hemorrhoid in your asshole. please dye peacefully, you not going to do any thing to Dinka if you possess that nasty hatred to Dinka. Dinka aits go nowhere. In fact, we can dye in more number than any tribes in SS,but still fuck your asshole.

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  • 22 December 2013 06:59, by Naath Raani

    Criminal Salva Kiir should informed tthe state government that US aircrafts were on their way. Kiir tried to misled the world that had control of the area but lies ended.

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  • 22 December 2013 09:22, by Kenyan the cushite

    perfect example how africa is cursed with ignorance and stupidity. instead of building the country together, Dinkas and Nuers are killing each other. riek machar a man who has confessed to a tribal massacre of 30,000 in 1991. does he expect to lead??. why not wait or ask hos deputy to be president? S Sudanese enjoy your poverty and death.

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