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SPLA says moving to recapture rebel areas, denies Machar forces advancing to Juba

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January 3, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) has dismissed reports that rebels, led by former vice-president Riek Machar, were moving towards the capital, Juba, saying they were instead retreating.

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South Sudan army spokesperson Phillip Aguer (AP)

Col. Philip Aguer, the spokesperson (SPLA) told Sudan Tribune on Friday that the rebels "will be running not advancing".

"There is no threat to Juba", Aguer confidently said by phone.

South Sudan has been in state of crisis since President Salva Kiir accused Machar and other senior members of his ruling Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) of attempting to oust his government in mid-December last year.

Infighting within the army on 15 December spread to other parts of the capital, while reports that civilians were targetted on the basis of their ethnicity led to parts of the army rebelling in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states.

Aguer said SPLA forces were advancing towards Bor, the capital of Jonglei, to flush out the rebels that have held the town for three days. The mutineers took control of Bor three days ago - the second time they have wrestled control of the area from government forces since the conflict erupted.

The army spokesperson, however, stressed that the rebels "will be running from Bor, not advancing to Juba".

"We have not yet taken complete control Bor but there is a fighting there. It is a matter of time before our forces get complete control" he said on Friday.

The army, Aguer said, were also looking to retake Bentiu, the capital of Unity state, which is home to South Sudan’s most productive oil fields. The rebels, last week claimed that oil production was halted as key staff were evacuated from the area.

He said the SPLA forces were advancing onto Bentiu from both Panrieng and Mayom counties.

"They have already taken control of Mayom and moving toward Bentiu," explained the spokesperson.

"The only exit strategy for these renegade forces is surrender," he said, adding that the army may attempt to starve them out.

"Their sources of food supplies are looting only. These loots will soon dry off. As a national army, we call on our people to stand behind the SPLA forces in defend of territorial integrity, sovereignty and the constitution," Aguer stressed.

The SPLA stands ready to defend the country, its people, their properties and from protecting them from any physical threat or harm, he added.

But an official connected to the soldiers who rebelled in Unity state told Sudan Tribune that Aguer’s comments were "propaganda" and dismissed the latter’s claims that SPLA had retaken Mayom or was marching onto Bentiu.

"I just talked with people on ground and they told me that forces loyal to Salva Kiir attempted to launch an attack near Mayom, hoping to take it but it was contained. That attempt is no longer a threat to our people and the state administration", said the official who preferred anonymity.

"Everything is running normally. The market is presently operating as usual," he added.

On 21 December the commander of the SPLA’s fourth division in Unity state, James Kaong, announced that he had rebelled against Kiir’s government, declaring that he was the state’s new governor. He has since appointed a new administration.

Representatives from both sides of the conflict have arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for peace talks and are expected to begin negotiations mediated by regional leaders from the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

The United Nations says that at least 1,000 people have died and around 200,000 displaced by the conflict as thousands of civilians have sought shelter at UN bases.

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  • 4 January 07:55, by dinkdong

    Now, who is telling the truths?

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  • 4 January 07:56, by Bolong

    We believe you SPLA, go ahead and bring out law into your school. There will be no appeasement this time.

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  • 4 January 08:02, by Hardlinner

    My message to spla forces is to push filthy rebels out of bor and keep chasing them until they banishes to thin air or totally out of south sudan.

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    • 4 January 08:28, by allan

      To tong dut u are traitors try to follow ugly nuer people but u will be the first to got ur nake cut off u stupid fool
      how civilian gonna face really army white army bunch of kids
      we warrap state we fight wit kids i have seen alot of them cry when they got shoot fuck

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  • 4 January 08:16, by J P Puok

    Am pretty sure this bright Colonel comrade Philip Aguer is under huge pressure to tell lies as it become the under of the day in Juba nowadays. Makuei Lueth and his filthy cabinet affairs just claimed the other days that forces loyal Dr Riak looted KCB in Mayom county and Bor which the world found disgusting since the said bank eyebrows on whether they had a branch hidden deep in that county

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    • 4 January 08:23, by J P Puok

      I knew Philip personally and I had huge respect for him he will be among the future leaders of this nation once God will collects united the leftovers pieces Kiir and his liked. And for Makuei Lueth the guy is just a copy and paste of the former Iraqi information minster during the 2001 Bush invasion when guy talked and talked nonsense till he was captured unknowingly I hate that post!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • 4 January 08:42, by allan

        To dr riak machar where ever u are i was gonna vote for u my niggaz if u were good leader but u shown now u are very foolish dr u kill dinka bor twice if u wanna kill something come to warrap state civilian are waiting for u not ur ugly white army i talk to my sis yesterday she said youths are very ready

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        • 4 January 09:54, by lakoda

          Allan
          who care about your vote, liar they will not come Munduri is already under Dr. machar they will be trap there before we finished your motherfucker Uganda soldiers, we are now teaching you lesson which you will never forget through your life time.
          Dr. machar Oyeee
          Jaang lielun cia lac

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  • 4 January 10:16, by Marco Bul

    It is now known by all southern tribes that only Nuer believe in bringing their son to power by force.No election needed coz they are superior.Will the weakest tribes dare them to call for elections in the future?? If they win,they will be beating their chests that they are the only men in this country.

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    • 4 January 10:30, by allan

      Tolakoda dude im nuer killer if u are men enought come face me u stupid fool im from warrap u stupid bitch i have seen ur shitty white army cry when they got shoot why they cry if they think they are worrior
      im less than hour aways from bor

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  • 4 January 11:14, by Peter Marko

    To Dr. Mashit Supporters
    Do not believe this coward man called Riak Mashit. He is simply lying to his supporters to boost their morale. SPLA has besieged Bor Town since yesterday, n the rebels will be chased out like dogs in coming ours. Below is the latest news from the frontline: http://www.vice.com/read/south-sudan-peace-talks-result-in-show-of-force

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  • 4 January 11:57, by Peter Marko

    Below is the latest interview the hopeless leader of nygaat, Dr. Mashit has given the western media. By reading between the lines, it is obvious that he is well aware that his forces are not match to well-trained SPLA,thus desperately asking 4 ceasefire.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/south-sudan/10549359/South-Sudan-rebel-leader-interview-I-still-hope-for-peace.html

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  • 4 January 13:06, by Konkooc

    Now Dinka trible leaders in 7 states need to mobilise Dinka Youth under the Dinka Defence Force(DDF)kick out the ass of nuer robbers. nuer will beg food in DinkaLand after they finish what they looted in Malakal and Bentiu after one or two months coming,lazy nuer never win the war but food.
    We will soon kick all nuer out of Dinka counties in Maluth, Renk, Akoka and Baliet with no food.

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    • 4 January 14:45, by Deng Tut

      Konkocc, you are going to leave this land very soon, your fool president Kiir is on the way to leave the country today, and you are going to follow him too. This land belong to Nuer, Dinka are corrupted and no person like them in south Sudan, Dinka are theft, looters, food lover, regime of Kiir will fail today. Juba will be capture within some minutes from now.

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  • 4 January 14:54, by Deng Tut

    Philip Aguer is usually liar and he use to denied the facts, Bor will not be recapture by Kiir soldiers, it’s questionable, Philip Aguer may prepare to follow Kiir, what he done to Nuer will not be forget, long live Nuer nation, long live Dr Machar, actually president of south Sudan, the new structure will be put into system. Dinka administration will end.

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  • 4 January 15:59, by Majongdit

    For God’s sake, why do the sources presenting the rebel side all prefer "anonymity"? Was Riek not going to march to Juba? What do they still fear? Hahahahahhahah

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