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Defected commander in Unity state confirms presence of Sudanese rebels

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December 28, 2013 (BENTIU) - Defected fourth division commander in Unity state Maj. Gen. James Koang Chuol has warned Sudanese rebels against becoming involved in South Sudanese affairs.

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Fighters with Sudan’s Justice and Equality (JEM) Movement in al-Fasher, northern Darfur, on July 25, 2011 (Ashraf Shazly AFP/Getty)

In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Saturday, Koang confirmed presence of Sudanese rebels from the Justices and Equality Movement (JEM) in Parieng county.

He says he received reports from his troops on the ground that JEM fighters had come down from Nuba Mountains and are currently occupying Parieng after Juba blocked their supply route from Unity state.

“Yes, we received report that they [JEM] want to interfere. This evening we received a report from Parieng because it is not under our control. We learned that they came out from Nuba Mountain and and attacked”, said Koang.

The defected general has ordered the Sudanese rebels to leave the area within two days otherwise his troops will launch military action, saying the current conflict on South Sudan does not concern them.

“These are the Southerners fighting themselves no need for involvement for other people”, Koang emphasised.

An aid agency worker in Yida refugee camp who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Sudan Tribune that he had seen JEM rebels with heavy armoured vehicles and ammunitions passing through the refugee camp on their way to Parieng on Friday.

Koang announced on Saturday evening that his forces had repulsed an attack from government troops and militia loyal to Maj.Gen. Pul Jang. He said over 26 armoured vehicles, as well as heavy weaponry was captured from troops belonging to the former rebel group South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), while two tanks were also captured from government forces.

He confirmed over 50 soldiers from both government and SSLA troops had been killed, while many others had also surrendered.

Unity is the second state to fall to anti-government forces, with Jonglei state capital Bor also falling under rebel control after conflict erupted in the country earlier this month.

Forces led by Koang, who have aligned themselves with former vice-president Riek Machar, seized Unity capital Bentiu and other parts of the northern region on 21 December, with oil production shut down last week as the security situation deteriorated.

Fighting broke out in the South Sudan capital, Juba, on 15 December following a dispute between members of the Nuer and Dinka tribes in the presidential guard.

President Salva Kiir has accused Machar and his supporters of orchestrating an alleged coup attempt to overthrow his government.

The UN says at least 1,000 people have died in the ensuing violence, which has led to increased ethnic tensions across the country.

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  • 29 December 2013 08:02, by North Sudan

    Good to hear that! this is the proof that South Sudan has been harboring and supporting these rebels who are fighting us in the North. Kiir and his gov. and some people regularly commenting here have been denying this. What liars! Now you get paid from the people that you have been training to harm us!

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    • 29 December 2013 08:48, by Hardlinner

      north sudan, we live in 21st centuary not stone age. where is the video evident to justified the desperate nuer rebel’s claims. just surrender yourselves if you can’t handle your primitives rebellion. anyone that want to be president in south sudan should come through vote not through war. we have already witnessed that through north-south war.

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      • 29 December 2013 09:10, by choldit

        Hardlinner, is a tough name ha,
        U knw the democratic principles that we used to fight north for are now thru out by current govt that started tribilisation of nation e.g choosing republic guards only from Gorial and NBG then use them to massacre Nuer in Juba to create ethnic war so that they remain in power for ever. If u want evident there u have from UN employee in Yida camp. Is hard ha, mr. Har

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    • 29 December 2013 14:27, by mathem jech amer

      Sudan Tribune lies
      Sudantribune is lying again as its compaign in support of Riek.You said Malakal was captured by rebels,complete lie.Now Peter Gadet is killed in Bor fighting,why don’t you report it if you are neutral.

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  • 29 December 2013 08:19, by Majongdit

    Sudan Tribune tribal reporters still count Bor among the state capitals under Riek. Anyway, had it not been bcoz of seize fire forced upon Kiir by the international community and AU, Bentiu would have fallen days ago.

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  • 29 December 2013 08:43, by Pif Paf

    SPLM support for the JEM has always been known but no doubt the current situation in S.Sudan will shed more light on SPLM hypocrisy. Unlike S.Sudan, Sudan will not interfere in S.Sudan domestic issue but we will use this current situation to our advantage so don’t be surprised if you see SAF fighter jets hunting down JEM and SRF rebels in S.Sudan.

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  • 29 December 2013 09:22, by Konan

    "The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend" So far Sudan refuses to side any faction, however it doesn’t mean that Sudan will remain silent forever, especially if Northern rebels take advantage of the chaotic situation and jeopardize our oil fields. Both Kiir & Machar should address this issue by taking concrete and positive steps to neutralize them.

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    • 29 December 2013 10:34, by Malakal county Simon

      South Sudan started wrongly in first place. to be honest the Jaang/slaves have no hearts of nation building, what they want is to enrich themselves through corruption, grab the land of Equatoria with the view of colonizing the people of Equatoria. I believe many Equatorians now regret, why they voted for the separation.

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      • 29 December 2013 10:53, by Malakal county Simon

        moreover, Senior Equatorians’ officials are assassinated, murdered, abducted, poisoned and burned with hot oil by their new masters. James Wanni Igga has been successfully dinkanised by the SPLM/SPLA-Dinka-extremists. He has been worshiping unwanted president Kiir as his Lord and Saviour, since the establishment of the so-called Government of South Sudan in 2005!!!!

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        • 29 December 2013 10:55, by Malakal county Simon

          cont....
          The Equatorians’land was sold by the people who call themselves first-class-citizens of South Sudan and he never react against illegal activities.

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  • 29 December 2013 12:21, by Marco Bul

    Still talking of sovereignity?? This country you farted??
    You always think of looting.

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  • 29 December 2013 15:40, by Jamjamez

    Ok, I normally don’t comments or debate on this forum because I know that Sudan tribune is fueling this ethnic war.
    Coming to this white lie about JEM present in Parieng, This is totally a lie. What we have in Parieng is Parieng’s Youth who did not ran away and rather took courage to depend their land. Nuer went and attack children, women and were not men enough to face the youth of Parieng.

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  • 29 December 2013 16:57, by Mapuor

    Guys what is the level of education of this rebel called James Kong ?.Can he really differentiate Fertit from Darforians.Why claim openly that Unity state is not fully under Nyagaats,when Riek Macar claim that the whole of Unity state is under his forces.Kaong will be captured tonight.Bull forces have repulsed his attack and are pursuing him to Bentiu.

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    • 30 December 2013 05:58, by Mayom County Boy

      To" Mapuor you are lie stupid dinka Gogrial
      shut up we will not attack James Koang Chuol forces
      anless he was not from nuer
      never to do that we are in need for dinka people who have killed our innocent civilians in juba
      like those of warrap
      please please we are in need for you !

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  • 30 December 2013 07:11, by Grader

    There’re no Sudanese rebels in South Sudan this is campaign to seek alliance with SAF (OLD TRICK)
    1. step number one for Riek re-collaboration with Jallaba as was in 90s
    2. "Implement’ cooperation agreement with Bashir
    NB: We’ll see how latter will work as coup plotters aren’t the government but rather rebels (BIG questions about GatMchar judgement with respect to Int’l law of governance

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