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S. Sudan army ready to retake dissident-held towns


December 22, 2013 (RUMBEK) - The South Sudanese army (SPLA) is ready to retake key towns currently under the control dissident forces loyal the country’s ex-vice president Riek Machar, an official said.

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Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers drive in a truck on the frontline in Panakuach on April 24. (Goran Tomasevic / Reuters)

“[The] SPLA forces are now on the move and we shall keep you updated as the events reveal,” said foreign affairs minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

Marial, however, said government was committed for talks with Machar, but warned against any preconditions put for such a dialogue to happen.

He accused anti-government forces of attacking state institution in Unity state, saying such incidences could jeopardise ongoing peace efforts.

Over a week of intense fighting in the capital, Juba, which later spread to other parts of the country saw anti-government forces take control of Jonglei and Unity states, in what is now seen as the worst ever violence since the country’s 2011 independence.

The violence comes after severe tension with senior members of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) following the dissolution of the country’s entire cabinet, removal of the vice president and suspension of the party’s secretary general Pagan Amum in July.

President Kiir has accused his opponents within the SPLM of staging a coup and has arrested at least 11 senior figures. Machar, whom Kiir accuses of masterminding the alleged plot, is now on the run, but advised the latter to step down.

According country’s information minister Machar and escaped to his hometown of Adok in Unity state after clashes erupted between his forces and the presidential guards in Juba on December 15.

"Machar managed to escape. He used his boat along the Nile and ended up in his village of Adok and went into Bentiu,” said Michael Makuei Lueth.

More than 500 people, government says, were killed as a result of the skirmishes, with an estimated over 60,000 displaced in various parts of the world’s youngest nation.

The United States has expressed concern over the spate of violence in the country, dispatching its special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan for talks with the country’s leaders on Friday last week.


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  • 23 December 2013 08:14, by Peter Mading

    A mad Major General by Names James Koang has formed an Interim Administration that look like a substances or solution. Very barbaric assumption of leadership which reflect his mediocre. He has relieve himself since he has no vomiting aprons. Soon than later, the Ministers, elected MPs and those commissioners appointed by the Republican decrees will soon retake their position.

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    • 23 December 2013 09:00, by Darkangel
    • 23 December 2013 09:09, by Gat Gan Kiir

      I never seen Rats threatening Cats for fight, let wait and see if it may happen. Nuer youth are crying calling for fight against Doot Bany for only four weeks. Tongdiit, Liirdit and Kormidiit has began. Those who lough first must weep now.

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      • 23 December 2013 17:16, by Naath

        ribalist,im resting alarm for our HERO Pangan Amum who is now missing from arrested group,i think kiir and his Gogrial tribal men kill him that is why they put his name under those who are still on the run.In the report yesterday the government said Pagan is arrested,but is missing from the list.To hopeless kiir killing pagan is another crime to you,you will not get away with it,kiir must go

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  • 23 December 2013 08:17, by Mayom County Boy


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  • 23 December 2013 08:19, by Chol Mading

    Hon. Marial, when are you going to cease lying? This is Hon. Makuey job. You failed in representing RSS in front of the world due because of this character. Diplomatic job needs credibility. Make statement that will be proven tomorrow. I just finish talking to a relative of mine who told me otherwise. Do not get people excited for no reason.

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    • 23 December 2013 09:41, by Maper

      I agree with you, Chol Mading. It has been days now since they said SPLA was on the way to Bor to fight Gatdet forces. How long does it take the army to move from Juba to Bor? Now they are using the same propaganda about Unity State, giving false hope to suffering civilians. The government must understand that civilians whom they claim to protect are dying.

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      • 23 December 2013 17:16, by Naath

        ribalist,im resting alarm for our HERO Pangan Amum who is now missing from arrested group,i think kiir and his Gogrial tribal men kill him that is why they put his name under those who are still on the run.In the report yesterday the government said Pagan is arrested,but is missing from the list.To hopeless kiir killing pagan is another crime to you,you will not get away with it,kiir must go

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  • 23 December 2013 10:14, by Majongdit

    Ram Tot,
    Don’t cheat yourself. This will mark the last rebellion in the history of South Sudan. Just wait and see.

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    • 23 December 2013 10:53, by Reconciliation

      Those illetrate soliders who are loyal to Riak Machar will soon regret.it is just a matter of time and we shall kill them all wherever they are.just wait.

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    • 23 December 2013 11:44, by Adodi Jotuwa

      Why is the commander from Mayom County loyal to the coup addict & power-hungry Dr. Defector Riek Machar, rushing to form uninclusive interim government in Bentiu leaving Bor in Jonglei State? How many of them interested in gubernatorial seat before the interim governor gets deposed? Peter Gadet is interested first in killing and looting Bor before formation of interim government. Easy to be maniac

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      • 23 December 2013 11:52, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Dr. Benjamin Marial is telling you the truth, don’t wet your pans yet, lunatic. It’s Dr. Defector Riek Machar’s cheap propaganda that he’s in control of most part of South Sudan. How? Nobody knows besides blind followers like Mayom County Boy, Malakal county simon, Dude, and many more confused maniacs.

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        • 23 December 2013 12:05, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Confused maniacs like Mi diit and Dude who believe in propagating on Sudan Tribune (ST)to attract more fools and mediocrities that Dr. Defector Riek Machar will one day run South Sudan. We need substance not theory. Why don’t contrast Dr. Defector, if not the late Dr. John Garang, with the Late Nelson Mandela and other political icons?

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  • 23 December 2013 10:44, by Gat-khir

    Marial Benjamen
    Who do you think is a fool here that can still buy your chief propaganda? We are all in South Sudan here and we are seeing what is going on. Just run for your life and eat your looted money. Time for propaganda is gone. You are talking of retaking while today is the last day for Malakal to be taken from you. No mercy.

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    • 23 December 2013 12:08, by Gabriel Ajak

      Hi my bro where are u and where is ur bro Midiit is he with ur Nuer president Riak Machar ON RUN?

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  • 23 December 2013 14:16, by Mapuor

    Bor will surely be recaptured by the SPLA, no matter how long it takes.SPLA is recovering from corruption that was encouraged within the SPLA by James Hoth,Pieng Deng,Majak Agot,Mathok Geng and all Nuer illiterate generals.Food use to be sold in broad day light,soldiers salaries use to be cut by 50% with impunity,some are starved denied salaries so that they desert leaving their money behind

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    • 23 December 2013 14:22, by Mapuor

      Nuers together with Upper Nile thugs thought they would get back presidency to Upper Nile through sabotage,corruption random dismissals from SPLA etc.HOOOOO now they have failed and Dinkas of Upper Nile especially Bors are now the first victims of Nuer rebellion.Just hold Nyandeng and Majak Agot responsible.Condolences to Col Makuec family who was killed in Akobo recently by Nuers.

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  • 23 December 2013 20:07, by SouthSudaneseviews

    No! No! No! To President of Uganda to be the head of negotiation, due to him being part of this mess. He was order last week by President to bomb South Sudanese’ civilians. He is Kiir sided man under the dictatorship making in South Sudan.

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    • 23 December 2013 20:35, by Dinkawarrior

      South Sudaneseview, yin Twic ci bel. Jal yi thok deer ku agueny col nyandeng bi jal riek machar. Thiec da lon cin yin col to ne Twic. Col e Majak Agot aleu nyandeng!

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