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S. Sudan army vow to reclaim oil-rich town from rebels


January 10, 2014 (BENTIU) - South Sudan’s army (SPLA) has vowed to move and retake Bentiu, the capital of oil-rich Unity state from rebels who defected from the military last month.

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South Sudan army spokesperson Phillip Aguer (AP)

"Our forces were involved in several clashes with the rebels as we move towards regaining control of Unity state", said army spokesperson Phillip Aguer.

But Peter Riek Gew, a spokesperson for the rebels on Thursday maintained that they were still in control of Unity state capital, Bentiu as well as the oil-producing areas.

"Our forces are in full control of Bentiu town and oil producing areas such as Unity, Tor and Toma South", Gew told Sudan Tribune.

On 21 December, the commander of the SPLA fourth division in Unity state defected after fighting erupted between the army in capital, Juba on 15 December. Large parts of the army in Jonglei state also defected as violence rocked the nation.

However, Gordon Buay, who claims to be the spokesperson of the former rebels South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) and currently fighting alongside SPLA forces loyal to President Salva Kiir, posted a report on facebook on Thursday saying their troops under the command of Maj. Gen. Mathew Pul Jang had recaptured Bentiu.

This has, however, been denied by the rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar. The two sides are currently holding negotiations in Ethiopia. After over a week of talks, no progress appears to have been made to bring an end to hostilities.

Juba has always denied Khartoum’s allegations that members of rebel coalition - the Sudan Revolutionary Front - were using South Sudan as a base for their operations in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Gew said that the South Sudan rebel forces have engaged in heavy clashes with Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) one of the three Darfuri members of the SRF in the western part of Panakuach south of Tor oil-field.

"We have managed to repulse back the attack by JEM inside our territory in South Sudan. This is not the first attack by the Sudanese rebels on us" Gew said, vowing to defeat the Sudanese rebel group should they show support for President Kiir.

JEM earlier issued a statement denying any involvement in the South Sudan conflict and instead advanced its support for peace negotiations between the warring parties.

Meanwhile, the rebels have warned both Sudan to the north and Uganda to the south against interfering in the conflict. Uganda has sent troops to South Sudan at the behest of President Kiir, but has denied it is taking an active role in the conflict.

The Sudanese president, during his visit to Juba on Monday supported calls for peaceful dialogue in the country as proposed by regional leaders from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).


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  • 10 January 2014 08:11, by Wadjon

    Kiir-Museveni-Bashir-JEM Vs Machar + JEM Vs Bashir Vs Machar Vs JEM = ??????????????????

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    • 10 January 2014 08:28, by Malakal county Simon

      Clarification about the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, it’s should be label as democratic forces, vs dictatorial forces!!!! There is nothing called government forces, because the current government of South Sudan is tribalism government which represent the Dinka interest only, and not the national interest....

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      • 10 January 2014 08:36, by Malakal county Simon

        I argued all the sons and daughters of belove of this country, to rise up and join the current democratic forces, and to liberate our country from that tribal government of illegal president Kiir.....

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      • 10 January 2014 08:41, by Deng II

        On the other hand, we should label it as war between Nuer rebellion VS The Government. No democratic forces in eastern equatorial, W. EQUATORIAL, NBEG, Laker, Warap, Central Equatorial, and WBEG. so feel comfortable drinking your beer a lone and keep quiet, you have nothing to say.

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        • 10 January 2014 08:47, by Deng II

          all Nuer sons and daughters are already raised up, eg. White army. You not going to see other tribes raised up for Nuer rebellion dude. So face it my cousin gat nyadeng.

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          • 10 January 2014 09:26, by Malakal county Simon

            Deng II
            FYI: We have vast numbers of democratic forces in Western Equatoria specially in muntri, Yei, and some part of EES. We also have a vast numbers of democratic forces in Lake State and NBG, all this forces are not Nuer, but democratic forces combines from different tribes of South Sudan under Dr Machar, to liberate our country from illegal president (Kii).!!!

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            • 10 January 2014 09:29, by Malakal county Simon

              There is nothing called government forces, but dictatorial forces under illegal president (Kiir)..

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    • 10 January 2014 09:03, by Maguangdit

      That sounds like "Logic 101"!!!!!
      Hahahaha! Let us see how the game will play out.

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      • 10 January 2014 16:12, by Wadjon

        I meant it starts to look like the mess in Syria.

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  • 10 January 2014 09:33, by Mapuor

    Revolutionary congratulations.SPLA Oyeee.SPLA/M forces have revolutionized the South guys,lets compliment them for that great job.The generation that fought the long war were truly revolutionaries.Those who were born on cow hide bedding now sleep on mattresses,those who use to drink from stagnant water water now drink clean water,babies now have diapers,ladies with sanitary towels hooo SPLA

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    • 10 January 2014 09:37, by Mapuor

      Kiir Oyee.SPLA is invincible and the history is always on our side.Traitors have ever been disturbing us but we have all along been persevering till we achieved the independence.They have been falsifying our great history of the struggle but we have been patient for the whole world knows who fought Khartoum and for how long.We know bush life far better than traitors, for we had been there.

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    • 10 January 2014 09:46, by omoni jr.

      are you sure you okay man? or you taking too much kaada/marisa? just slow down and look up be4 you get into patholes.

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      • 10 January 2014 13:05, by Mapuor

        My dear we have Nuer Generals who were taken from Luaks 100% naked with their wives and children, who never Knew those modern things, but now they drink purified water, use modern amenities etc that resulted from the liberation war which was fought by the SPLA.

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