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South Sudan army denies rebel fighters recaptured Malakal


January 14, 2014 (NAIROBI/JUBA) – Claims by rebel forces loyal to South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar that they captured Malakal, the capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile state on Tuesday have been dismissed by the army (SPLA).

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SPLA forces in the flashpoint town of Malakal in Upper Nile state (Reuters)

Machar’s press secretary James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune that pro-Machar’s forces captured the town after fierce fighting with government forces.

“Malakal is now under the full control of the pro-democracy forces,” he said, adding that rebels were now combing surrounding counties in pursuit of government forces.

But a military source at the army headquarters in Juba dismissed the rebel claims as "untrue" and "mere propaganda" while Sudan Tribune’s repeated efforts to reach the army’s spokesperson Phillip Aguer for a reaction were unsuccessful.


The United Nations confirmed intense fighting in and around Malakal on Tuesday as the numbers of civilians seeking protection at its base reportedly soared from 10,000 to 19,000.

The UN further said it received reports of a boat carrying a large number of civilians capsizing on Sunday in the White Nile River between Malakal and Lelo in Upper Nile.

"The civilians were reportedly fleeing fighting in the area. The mission is seeking to verify reports of casualties", it said in a statement issued Tuesday.

More details on the military situation in Upper Nile will follow shortly


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  • 14 January 2014 15:48, by Tong dut

    Facked Kirrrrr forces by Nuer.

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    • 14 January 2014 16:18, by Rezingving monynok

      it is not true not true ,Malakal did not fall as Sudan tribune put it , there is still fighting in the malakal market now , rebels are being seized by SPLA force it is a matter of time they will be flashed out tonight ,a tribe cannot fight government and won the war , it will be badto lose young tribe men who are fooled by Riek machar ,some nuer should stand up to stop riek from fooling

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      • 14 January 2014 16:51, by Mi diit

        Yes they also said Israel could not fight all the Arab countries and won, but it won and seized many of their territories. Nuer is Israel of East Africa. You will want to call yourself Nuer very soon. Malakal is captured, just wait for the next move.

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        • 14 January 2014 17:01, by Mi diit

          Kiir’s spokespersons are liars while Machar’s spokespersons tell the truth. When Bentiu was captured, Machar’s group immediately confirmed it was true that they withdrew, but Kiir’s liars do not admit the truth. Only addicted to mere propaganda and lies. Please you will NEVER hide the truth. Don’t waste your time denying it.

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          • 14 January 2014 18:36, by Rommel

            Mi Diit:
            You’re Israel!? The very same Israel that forged an alliance with Arabs for decades!? An Israel that so desperately relied on Arab weapons, ammunition, supplies, logistical support and food relief!? An Israel that was beholden to Arabs and accompanied them into battlefields for decades and obediently did their bidding !? You don’t sound like Israel at all. You sound delusional.

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            • 14 January 2014 18:50, by Mohammed Ali 2

              Rommel"",The very same Israel that forged an alliance with Arabs for decades!An Israel that so desperately relied on Arab weapons, ammunition, supplies, logistical support and food relief!?"" Good news Arabs are manufacturing F 15 ,16 and F35!Is it your problem the Arabs now? Or you have been programmed with that hate and you can’t get rid of it up to now.Arabs didn’t made the borders of SS !

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              • 14 January 2014 19:15, by Mohammed Ali 2

                Rommel, it is interesting that Mabior Garang is part of Machar delegation in Addis Ababba!Dinka are weakend by Dinka not Arabs.

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                • 14 January 2014 19:42, by Rommel

                  Every group on the face of the earth has their fair share of traitors. Mabior is one such traitor. The ’man’ is an intellectual Pygmy. He is irrelevant. Mabior has quite superbly demonstrated that intelligence, foresight, wit and charisma are not entitely inheritable, if it all.

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                  • 14 January 2014 21:16, by Ankh

                    those calling Garang a TRAITOR must be tribalists. we who want a free and democratic South Sudan are very proud of him. the word TRAITOR is thrown around in our country to instill fear on those who have the courage to critique Salva’s dictatorial regime. it wont work and the tables will turn very soon.

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              • 14 January 2014 19:22, by Rommel

                I do not hate Arabs at all. A true man hates no one - Napoleon Bonaparte. Do not mistaken justified wariness for infantile and self-destructive hatred. I was illustrating to Mi Diit just how laughably obscene it is for him to attempt to draw parallels between himself and Israel. Ps: There’s not a single Arab State that manufactures the F-15, F-16, or the F-35.

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                • 14 January 2014 20:50, by Tutbol

                  "do not hate Arabs at all. A true man hates no one"
                  Some people on this site with their civility are getting carried away useless praises often afforded them. "A true man hates no one" while on the other side of the coin, they are contradicting their own fake civilities that they are determine see to it that a guy like Riek Machar is a danger to S Sudan & S Sudanese?!

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                  • 14 January 2014 21:02, by Tutbol

                    What is the different between Riek Machar who have made it his career to be murdering S Sudanese each time he feels he wants the power and the Arabs who have murdered close to a 2 millions S Sudanese if one may ask these hypocrites? No wonder they are sitting on the sidelines while they watch at Bor South battle it out with the marauding Lou Nuer! pathetic.

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            • 14 January 2014 19:14, by Below the Law

              You always sound very educated and civilised. Please do this for me and our country; Explain to our dimwit brothers called Nuers the term DEMOCRACY, because I recently learnt that most Nuer including highly educated Dr. Riek Machar do not know actually what democracy is all about. Explain in plan language so that you help them out otherwise they are fighting for what they do not know. I fe

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              • 14 January 2014 20:05, by Rommel

                Below the law:
                Thank you for kind words, dear brother. There’s not a single person among us -and more importantly among them- that doesn’t truly understand that this isn’t about democracy at all... it’s a power struggle with ethnic dimensions, heavily tinged with primitive superstitions about a ’prophesy’ concerning Riek — and this has been observed by historians in the past.

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                • 14 January 2014 20:09, by Rommel

                  A cursory examination of Riek’s record reveals a man that utterly failed to deliver on his promise to deliver a greater degree of democracy and plurality in his own faction. His human rights record is abysmal and his leadership skills are sorely lacking.

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                  • 14 January 2014 20:10, by Rommel

                    Riek failed completely as a man that so strenuously promulgated his *pretended* belief in democratic ideals and institutional reforms for political gain. Riek did not introduce greater transparency and accountability in his movement; he didn’t create any democratic institutions; he had in fact committed egregious human rights abuses on a wide scale.

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                    • 14 January 2014 20:11, by Rommel

                      Riek’s colleagues, in what was the Nasir faction, condemned him for concentrating power in his own hands — authoritarianism. Among these detractors was Joseph Oduho; a widely respected political mental giant. Arok Thon Arok also voiced the same opinions. In fact, prior to Joseph Oduho‘s death, the respected elder lambasted the Nasir faction leader for being authoritarian.

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          • 14 January 2014 20:00, by Tibs

            #Mii Diit
            I prove this duplicate Mii Diit having less than an expected Standard of Familiarity With a language, or Having formal education. No conforming to prescribed Standard of speech as his tribal leader Dr. CIETH RISKY who is holding PhD(Prominent Head Damaged) Degree

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        • 14 January 2014 17:59, by Mohammed Ali 2

          dit, Nuer is Israel of East Africa ! Waw! Congratulation!

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          • 15 January 2014 01:44, by zulu

            You folks in the elite class of the old Sudan, are very much exploiting the weakness of the Nuer. Until we, south sudanese educate the Nuer, they will be vulnerable to your subtle exploitation.
            This Nuer guy, Machar is a buffoon like I said long time ago. The hetching of the plan to become President has been there right after the CPA.

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        • 14 January 2014 18:00, by Rezingving monynok

          You cannot compared yourself with Israel because israelites have mind and wisdom .not like you midiit andsome nuers who lack even simple way of thinking about the result what is happening .to be frank with you my dear nuers are hate by the whole country .you cannot expose the tribe to fight the whole country. What makes me sad is that many people will be lost in this war for no reas

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        • 14 January 2014 18:19, by Below the Law

          If you are learned please just hesitate a minute and meditate on all your speeches, thoughts and actions. You will find out that you left behind. You foolishly compare your uncivilised tribe with Israel.what is Israel if I ask you? Israel has 12 tribes whose father is Jacob(ISRAEL). Nuer is just a tribe among South Sudanese 64 tribes.you are senseless war please.Get educated to get civilised

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        • 14 January 2014 19:30, by Realist

          Israel couldn’t do it without USA. Who is your USA?

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      • 14 January 2014 17:11, by Tutbol

        Our so-called ally, the US & its mercenaries, the UNIMISS are on the verge of starting a WW3 in our country just because it wants to get hold of our oil & the infrastructure that put in place by the China. The game of supporting Riek Machar attempted coup is a proxy to put Riek Machar into power & Riek Machar will then get rid of Chinese just as they have done it in Libya...

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        • 14 January 2014 17:20, by Tutbol

          The US with its agent of destruction of S Sudanese, Riek Machar will see S Sudanese colours. All the African countries in our region know the AFRICOM has been training Africans in the US to stage coups against African govts---and many of our Nuer boys have been trained by the AFRICOM just to do what they are now doing in our country....

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          • 14 January 2014 17:29, by Tutbol

            The good news is many of our East African nations know the secret game been played by AFRICOM to killed our people. And their Riek Machar will not get any support from any of our East African cousins. He has a support from UNIMISS though. UNIMISS is secretly giving arms & intelligent supports. Gulf Arab states & Eritrea also support him...

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            • 14 January 2014 17:38, by Tutbol

              But let’s not discount our arch enemy in the N Sudan. We all know they keep their promises. Their secret backers & hyenas from the UK are openly get out of their holes & try to show S Sudanese that the do still do holds their colonials influence in N Sudan. They have tried Uganda, Kenya & Ethiopia to circle S Sudan so that they can use them to fail our country, but our East Africans....

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              • 14 January 2014 17:45, by Paul

                Malakal, did indeed felt into hand of Machar forces. I do not understand as to why government of south sudan like to lie or reject facts as they are.

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              • 14 January 2014 17:47, by Tutbol

                are not but the Europeans and the US neo-colonialism bullshits any more. If they want other peoples’ resources then they cam come with dollars & buy like the way Chinese & Japanese honestly buy other peoples’ resource rather than often bribe few madmen like their pent-up boy Riek Machar they the US & Europeans to kill innocents S Sudanese civilians....

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                • 14 January 2014 18:04, by Tutbol

                  have a look on this, Japan was ask by the UN-US-Europeans to supply warplanes to transport the UN-US-Europeans mercenaries into the US-UN-Europeans created war in our country, but with the usual Japanese honesty & integrity; they refused that US-UN-Europeans dirty games. Citing legal complexities of the mission: www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140114_26.html

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                • 14 January 2014 18:13, by Mohammed Ali 2

                  TUT,the WW3 is about to start because of 300,000 bpd !Saudia produces 10 million bpd.Besides,oil lost that importance in the American policy after the shale oil.UK,US,Europeans, Gulf countries, Arabs and your arch-enemy ...all against you!This paranoia.Sudan will never enter this quagmire again, keep it in your mind, UK can’t burden us again.

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                  • 14 January 2014 18:31, by Mohammed Ali 2

                    Tutbol, your problem is within SS , particulary the so called SPLA .It was never a national army.It is a coalition of undiciplined, untrained militia with mixed loyality.If you think that the Nuer who are still in the army will fight against their blood brothers,then you are wrong.Look at the incidence of the general who was killed on his way from Yei to Juba.Obviously this inside information.

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                    • 14 January 2014 18:42, by Mohammed Ali 2

                      Tut,Nuer soldiers & officers will switch their postion as soon as Machar approches Juba.Right now no Dinka in the SPLA trust a nuer.SPLA is not a national army!It has disintegrated.If you have to blame somebody,blame those Dinka within the SPLA,like Nyandeng, Luka piong, Edward Lino,Deng Alor, who weakned Kiir grip over the SPLA.Nuer are united , even those who are pretend to be with Kiir.Trust me

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                      • 14 January 2014 18:59, by Mohammed Ali 2

                        Tut, having said that, Machar can never rule SS by force,even if he entered Juba! This is a big miscalculation.The dirty sensless war will not stop this way and SS will disintegrate and implode. Rwanda will be a joke!Instead of vomiting hatred against ther tribe,you better look for solutions, because all tibes will suffer & your dreams will come to a depressing end!

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                  • 14 January 2014 18:35, by Tutbol

                    Okay here another sheik offer to young Africans, to be trained in the US in leadership! Much as the scheme was started sometimes back in North Africa & middle East; We now know the consequences of it in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria & even in our own S Sudan, we have been offered Such a scheme & now here is what the US leadership training to our young S Sudanese brought us, coups & destruction.

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      • 14 January 2014 20:56, by Nyakuzuny

        Nuer Oyeee, the Dr. Machar his forces they Recaptured Upper-Nile today including Jikany Kiir , Gajaak and Gajiok they all Controlled Upper-Nile Counties there is no Dinka Militias forces in Upper -nile Land at all,Jikany Kiir Oyeee ! Dr. Machar his forces is now toward Capital Juba.

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    • 14 January 2014 18:50, by Below the Law

      Dear Bad Nuers,
      I, Below the Law, am never and will never be a tribal citizen down here in s.sudan.Not all nuers are rotten. There are a few good ones my message will spare them. You bad nuers including Riek, tell me what actually are you tribally fighting for? Democracy or a separate Nuer Nation? If Nuer nation? Yes I understand and you should begin call for that to make your war sensible. stop s

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    • 14 January 2014 21:19, by DeltaBravo


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  • 14 January 2014 15:52, by Mi diit

    Malakal has fallen!!! Democracy oyeeeee..........Dr. Machar oyeee............

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    • 14 January 2014 16:05, by Wadjon

      Voting day was yesterday ??? 200 drowned in the Nile.

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  • 14 January 2014 16:06, by Realist

    Dr. Riek Machar and his fellow Nuer must stop this war. They can not win it even if they capture Juba. All other tribes don’t want one tribe to rule S. Sudan. In case Riek capture Juba, each tribe will dis-integrate from S. Sudan and that will be the end. Please read carefully the resolution from the governors of greater Equatoria.

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    • 14 January 2014 18:22, by Mohammed Ali 2

      Realist, you are a wise man! I am sure nobody paid attention to the Equatorian governers resolution.On the other hand , no Dinka will accept Machar as president" by force" even those who were against Kiir in the SPLA , neither will the shuluk!If there is sharing of power Equatorian & shuluk will want their fair share.Now the fake SPLA has disintegrated ,everyone will fish his own way!

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  • 14 January 2014 16:44, by hellonearth

    You reap what you saw. you started by killing nuer now you will never ever rule this country again. Bentiu and Juba will fall soon then we will come to Warrap and Awiel. damn you kiir... damn you to hell

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    • 14 January 2014 17:22, by Bentiu son

      Unity State Capital Bentiu n Parieng County have fallen into the hand of pro-democracy forces loyalties to Dr Machar while Tiibai,Guelweng,JEM n UPDF of Museveni are battling with our freedom fighters around Rupkona n Mayom Counties of Unity State.Keep in tune buddies,soon we shall clear all pro- cockroaches of genocidal President Salva Kiir who wait for ICC due to Nuer genocide

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      • 14 January 2014 18:43, by Chol A.

        Keep dreaming mr Bentiu nyagat, But all Nuer will not forget 2014 on their live because you always think like herd of lamb.

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        • 15 January 2014 05:55, by Bentiu son

          Chol A idiot,I am not worries about misinterpreted word nyagat which simply mean business man or woman in Ethiopian Amharic Language.Most of you ya food lovers are nyagateens because you left the National Army SPLA for business,trades n retailing.Tell me liar,if a word ’nyagat’ has got meaning in Dinka or Nuer Languages. Nonnnnnnnnnnnnn.

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  • 14 January 2014 18:51, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

    To all nuer who comment here.
    You have been lying trying to make panic to the population. You not get upper Nile. You only be defeated.your tribal leader Machar will be capture and slaughter like a goat and you keep silent absent minded foolish 2nd majority.

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  • 14 January 2014 20:50, by Ankh

    Those who call Mabior a tribalist must be tribalist. We who want to see a fre and democratic S/Sudan are very proud of him. In our the word traitor is thrown around to instil fear. Wont work.Tables will turn.

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