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January 11, 2014 (NAIROBI) – The Sudanese Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has dismissed statements by South Sudanese rebels accusing it of participating in the recapture of Unity state capital Bentiu by troops from the South Sudanese army (SPLA).

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A picture taken on 2 July showing some fighters of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement in undisclosed area in South Kordofan (Photo JEM)

The spokesperson for the rebels in Unity state, Peter Riek Gew, on Friday admitted that the SPLA retook control of Bentiu and accused once again Sudanese rebels of participating in the fighting alongside the SPLA forces loyal to president Salva Kiir.

Gew told Sudan Tribune on Friday from the outskirts of Bentiu town that a huge heavily armed force composed of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and elements of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and armed civilians from Pariang County (inhabited by Dinka) stormed the city on Friday and retook it.

“The force that recaptured Bentiu is a combination of predominantly JEM rebels, Arab nomads, Pariang county armed civilians and elements from the SPLA”, he said.

The rebels claim that while their forces were engaging in Mayom the SPLA army divisions coming from Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states, the SPLA troops backed by the Sudanese rebels attacked the city from the behind, breaking the resistance put by the police on the ground.

Reacting to these statements, JEM spokesperson Girbril Bilal said, "These claims are totally unfounded. The Justice and Equality Movement stands at an equal distance from the warring parties in the South Sudan".

"We renew our call again for the need to address the ongoing crisis in South Sudan through peaceful means , and we renew our willingness to mediate between the parties", he added in statements to Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

Bilal further said they have no troops in Bentiu or any other party in South Sudan reaffirming that all their fighters are in South and West Kordofan states fighting against the Sudanese army there.

The South Sudanese rebel have already accused JEM of fighting besides the SPLA forces loyal to president Kiir. Rebel Maj. Gen. James Koang Chuol who was controlling Bentiu accused o, 28 December 2013 the Sudanese group of crossing from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan into the SPLA controlled, Pariang county, after their supply route from the region was blocked.

In a report about the situation in the Unity state released on Saturday, the Small Arms Survey cited the accusations of Gen. Chuol against the Sudanese rebels, adding that aid workers at Yida camp for Sudanese refugees "reported seeing JEM vehicles moving south to Pariang on 27 December".

"It is unlikely that JEM will want to play a prominent role in the conflict in Unity given the precariousness of its position and the government of Sudan’s (GoS) frequent complaints about (South Sudanese) support for the Sudanese rebels. But it can be expected that JEM will attempt to ensure its supply-lines remain open" further reads the report.

Gew vowed that there troops would soon retake Bentiu, adding it is "just a matter of time before those Sudanese forces who have involved in our internal affairs and their SPLA elements are flushed out from Bentiu".

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  • 11 January 12:05, by omoni jr.

    yeah, it is matter of time.

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    • 11 January 12:24, by Chol A.

      @Omoni jr just hope for regaining control of Bentiu but coming back to it will be like trying to come back to juba. It also matter of time for SPLA forces and you will be flush out of South Sudan soon and chase you all they way to Ethiopia and N.Sudan to stay there as refugee.

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      • 11 January 18:41, by Ross

        Dear
        There is no way to Sudan for those who agreed with rebel of Sudan, Omer will not accept you in his Land, on the contrary will kill you.
        The fighting will continue even if all Nuer finished in the world. you and your Ugandan Troops will go to hell shortly.

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    • 11 January 14:46, by mathem jech amer

      What do you mean by matter of time, why did you run away,being hot.

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  • 11 January 12:08, by Rommel

    These patently absurd accusations are somewhat amusing. Why would JEM work in concert with Arab nomads!? Why would elements of the SRF waste time, resources and blood for a ’government’ that has all but abandoned them!? A ’government’ that has a functional economic marriage of convenience with Khartoum!?

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    • 11 January 12:13, by Rommel

      I can’t help but *think* that this is Riek’s desperate attempt at appealing for military assistance in the form of supplies, ammunition and logistical support from Khartoum. He is essentially sending into emission a message very much like this:’your enemies are my enemies — let’s work together.

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    • 11 January 12:19, by Akook

      Double standard-ness at best! JEM, SPLM-N, SPLA, Bashir, M7! All in one front!

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      • 11 January 12:38, by Rommel

        Akook:
        Do you really want to discuss double standards? Let’s discuss the hypocrisy of your ilk condemning Kiir for allying himself with Uganda, without so much as a word condemning your collaboration with Khartoum during the war. Do you recall the thirteen [13] years [1991 to 2004] in which the Dinka were subjected to aerial bombardment and artillery fire from your allies in Khartoum!?

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        • 11 January 12:38, by Rommel

          Do you recall the decades in which you defended oilfields on behalf of the Arab oligarchy? Do you recall how you were so desperately reliant upon their weapons, ammunition, supplies, logistical support and food relief? Do you recall the military engagements that you executed in tandem with Khartoum?

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          • 11 January 12:39, by Rommel

            Allow me to cite for you the work of an historian:
            Throughout the fighting, not one war casualty was admitted to the Nasir hospital. Riek’s troops sat idle as Khartoum pushed back the Dinka. The results of Riek’’s sell-out to Khartoum could not have been more glaring. The Dinka suffered mightily. (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, scott peterson)

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            • 11 January 12:40, by Rommel

              When Khartoum’s aircraft bombed the Dinka for thirteen [13] years following your defection, operating in tandem with your militias on the ground... was that not treachery!? Was that not cowardice!? Or do you suppose that you are entitled to an exemption from the demands of a moral code that you don’t actually prescribe to!?

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              • 11 January 14:28, by michael coma

                These are all truths,brother Rommel.Riek is really the prophet doom as it was put by president Kiir.All these useless accusation are desperate attempts for Riek to destroy immage of the government.

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              • 11 January 15:29, by hellonearth

                Rommel

                you are a fool. with all your education and fancy engish you are still a stupid Dinka at the end of the day. it is true to say that you can push a donkey(Rommel) to water pond but you can’t force it to drink. the same saying goes to this useless brother here. yes it was wrong of Riek back then so what makes it good whe

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                • 11 January 15:33, by hellonearth

                  .. when it is Kiir doing it at the end of the day its South Sudanese dying for the benefit of other people eg Uganda, Khartoum and individual. one good thing that will come out of this conflict is that everyone will be represented in the next government. you useless Dinka will never dominate this country again ever. so Donkey Rommel fuck off and i mean this fr

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                  • 11 January 15:49, by hellonearth

                    from my heart. despite the fact that you know what Kiir and his thugs are doing wrong none of you are openly saying that its wrong. what kind of people are you.

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                    • 11 January 16:03, by Rommel

                      hellonearth:
                      Let’s skip the part where you pretend that you have a snowball’s chance in Hades of actually insulting me, shall we. I detest the fact that Kiir has solicited and received military assistance from outside. I’ve condemned -and I will continue to condemn- Kiir for killing innocent Nuer civilians in Juba in relation to a wholly fabricated ’coup attempt’.

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                      • 11 January 16:05, by Rommel

                        I have condemned Kiir more times than I care to count. I have condemned him for violating a ’constitution’ that already ascribes to him inordinate Executive powers; I have condemned him for the rampant, enervating corruption, the nepotism, the insecurity, the tribalism and for intimidating, detaining, torturing and murdering journalists. I want him gone, but I don’t want Riek in his place.

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                        • 11 January 16:15, by Rommel

                          I evoke the dynamics and events of the past in order to temper and make embarrassingly redundant the rhetoric of certain people that seem resigned to inducing themselves into a state of amnesia; a state of amnesia whose only purpose is to wipe clean their documented history of working in tandem with Khartoum during the war.

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                          • 11 January 16:25, by Rommel

                            By all means condemn Kiir [and by explicitly stated extension] the Dinka as a whole for involving Uganda in a family matter... but keep in mind that I will remind you of your transgressions and treachery when you condemn others for sins, crimes and treachery that you’re guilty of, many times over — over a much longer period.

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                            • 11 January 16:30, by Rommel

                              Riek caused the deaths of close to 30, 000 civilians and yet the vast majority of your people support him for Executive position. How can anyone possibly support a man responsible for the deaths of close to 30, 000 civilians!? A man so disturbed, so delusional that he so sickeningly boasted that his tribe could wipe out an entire tribe — the Dinka.

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                              • 11 January 16:37, by Rommel

                                This is what Riek said to a journalist-historian in the wake of the 1991 split:
                                He discounted tribalism as “from a different age”, though boasted that he has “not seen a Nuer who doesn’t support me.” In the same breath, he added, “if there is a tribal element, the Nuer would destroy all the Dinka.” (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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                                • 11 January 16:38, by Rommel

                                  The massacre was not the end of the tragedy in Bor, however. An estimated 100, 000 people fled the area following the attack, and after many of the villages had been burnt to the ground. According to Amnesty International, famine brought about by looting and the destruction of crops and livestock killed a further 25, 000 people, many of them children. ( South Sudan, Max Lovell-Hoare)

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                                  • 11 January 16:38, by Rommel

                                    I’ve often said that the Dinka should acknowledge and embrace others as equals. Our representation in the government is far too high; it should drop from its current 59% to 10-15% at the very most, in order that the constituent sixty-four [64] tribes of South Sudan get proper representation in government...

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                                    • 11 January 16:44, by Rommel

                                      .. But Riek will never be allowed to rule this country of ours. Riek killed perhaps as many as 30, 000 Dinka civilians, and so if he became Sovereign, that would necessarily mean that our lives are worthless — and so we’ll never accept that. And because Salva Kiir has killed innocent Nuer civilians, he has absolutely no right to be the President of South Sudan. He has lost all legitimacy.

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                                      • 11 January 16:48, by Rommel

                                        If Salva Kiir were to continue as President, that too would necessarily mean that the lives of the innocent Nuer civilians that his forces killed in Juba are worthless, and that sets a bad precedent that simply cannot be accepted. Salva and Riek should be precluded from operating in the political environment.

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                                        • 11 January 18:57, by Deng Tut

                                          you dump President who killed the innocent Nuer civilians; your idiot president will be taken to ICC, Dr. Riek Machar will be the President of this Country you like it or not, Dinka are going to seek for asylum in Uganda; Nuer are men and will kill you all, Dinka are coward, your dictatorship President will not survive; his kingdom come into an end.

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                                      • 11 January 16:56, by Darkangel

                                        This moron isnt dinka ! He isnt even South Sudanese - historian maybe - copyright infringement definitely ! Ignore what he says - hes neither there or here ... right or wrong .. always anti something ! White Trash if you ask me.
                                        Hey Rommel long time no see - hows it going dude !

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                                        • 11 January 17:18, by Rommel

                                          Darkangel:
                                          I’m curious, on what basis do you conclude that I’m not a Dinka? This is another example of one of the ongoing and crippling flaws in all of your facile positions - your inability to objectively distinguish between evidence and wishful thinking.

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                                          • 11 January 17:29, by Rommel

                                            I’m not an historian, though I have *cited* historians... and so I am genuinely perplexed by your blinkered response and your accusations of copyright infringement. At any rate, please post *direct quotes* of whatever you are referring to so I can determine which is the case [fib, confusion, or both].

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                                            • 11 January 17:39, by Rommel

                                              I believe the idiom that you wanted to use was *neither here nor there*. You’ve sightly disfigured this phrase. You’re clueless and are unable to distinguish a round peg from a square hole. You should really take your mindless prattle elsewhere.

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                                      • 11 January 17:05, by Malakal county Simon

                                        @ Romel you can talk all you want, but the embarrassing part is, you have no audience to convince about your little history’s!!!!

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                                        • 11 January 17:51, by Rommel

                                          Malakal county Simon:
                                          You actually need a mind in order to be convinced of something. No one can explain anything to you, as your brain is defective, so I use people like you for comedy as a degenerate and intransigent child... and teach others instead. You should be happy to at least be useful, in spite of your limitations.

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                                      • 11 January 19:07, by Deng Tut

                                        its approved that Nuer are numbers than Dinka because you went to brought foreign to help you to fight Nuer; you can’t resist and confronted nuer alone. because you are greedy, you want to control all the important institutions, like police, immegration, Justice, Judiciary, Finance, commerce, wildlife, etc.., this means you are too much greedy,Nuer have decide to shaser you aways in this land.

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                              • 11 January 16:58, by Hardlinner

                                Rommel, no matter what significant evident you provide to some nuers on this board, they will never agreed with you. They thinking when they kill other, it is fine. But when the victim fight back, they reckoned it is crime. You may criticize kiir on the matters that are unfolding in ss, but you will never find nuers doing the same to riek. They certaimly have terrorist’s mentality/characteristics.

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                                • 11 January 17:47, by Rommel

                                  Hardlinner:
                                  I know that it sometimes seems quite hopeless, but we only need to speak the truth in order to defeat them, however, the contest of truth vs a lie is like good vs evil... it’s eternal. If you fight the good fight, you need to enjoy the battle, otherwise you tire of it, and evil begins to prevail by dumb persistence.

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                                  • 11 January 19:18, by Deng Tut

                                    Rommel. you are very small boy who couldn’t understand what is going on. your language is like childish. people are talking about the masses killing in Juba, those who was genocide killed, with the colblood by Salva Kiir; your turn is coming, Nuer are coming to Juba and will kill you all, yah Jaang, Jaang is Jaang,and you know what I means.

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                • 11 January 22:32, by Never

                  Hellonearth
                  Or what you so call yourself! Please I know you use Microsoft words to help you for your writing, but you still not know what you wrote. Read your comment before you post. Because you only know what you mean for your writing but not others, or try to complete ABC please, you look like you even never pass through the school door for your live.

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                  • 12 January 06:21, by hellonearth

                    Never

                    who asked for your opinion?

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    • 12 January 06:25, by hellonearth

      Rommel you are cleverer than that. who has been giving JEM weapons and logistical support? of course JEM would be very happy to take over orders from Kiir to disable his opponents.

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    • 12 January 07:38, by Tutbol

      Rommel,
      Forget, about Nuers brother we need to sharpen our spears against our godly ally, the US, THEIR FOXY UK, their juus and THEIR Wall STEER. The S Sudanese VS Riek Machar game to rule over S Sudanese is all over. I FOR ONE HONESTLY SWEAR, THAT I WILL NEVER SEE AN ENGLISH MEN OR AMERICAN OR JUUS IN OUR STATE OF JONGLEI CLAIMING THEY BETTER THAN OUR PEOPLE. This is war is not...

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    • 12 January 07:39, by Tutbol

      Rommel,
      Forget, about Nuers brother we need to sharpen our spears against our godly ally, the US, THEIR FOXY UK, their juus and THEIR Wall STEER. The S Sudanese VS Riek Machar game to rule over S Sudanese is all over. I FOR ONE HONESTLY SWEAR, THAT I WILL NEVER SEE AN ENGLISH MEN OR AMERICAN OR JUUS IN OUR STATE OF JONGLEI CLAIMING THEY BETTER THAN OUR PEOPLE. This is war is not...

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      • 12 January 07:55, by Tutbol

        about the Dinka VS the Nuer, the devil has sneaked in. It is good that that the devil has started it evil game in our state of Jonglei. Let our civilians move to liberated areas the devil in THE US, UK and their GULF ARAB masquerading themselves into our state of Jonglei. Smell french! in our state of Jonglei,CUT THEIR HEADS OFF...

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        • 12 January 08:06, by Tutbol

          we will defend their parents that send them to work with evil MSF the same must apply to OXFAM UK AND USAID. OUR country has been taken the criminals in the West their experiment. Ware are an independence country and these evil humans has to be shown their right places. Salva Kiir must sack Francis Mading Deng from that evil UN organization. Our country has suffered for country-less people like.

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          • 12 January 08:19, by Tutbol

            Mading Deng to be representing S Sudanese. Mading Deng with his inflated education has not liberated his Ngok Dinka that every S Sudanese is working very hard to free them the claws of false British massed up Sudan. The REAL SONS OF THE SUDAN WANTS THEIR COUNTRY BACK FROM ARABISED DINKA LIKE Mading Deng & the US & the UK nothing less.

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