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S. Sudanese army launches effort to recapture Malakal from rebel forces


January 17, 2014 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army (SPLA) on Friday admitted losing control of Malakal, the Upper Nile state capital to rebels forces, but said an intensive counter attack to recapture the town was underway.

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South Sudanese soldiers are seen outside the governor’s compound, in Malakal, on January 12, 2014 (Photo AFP /Simon Maina)

The army spokesperson Phillip Aguer said they had lost contact with their commander in the strategic town now claimed by both sides, but insisted the SPLA would soon gain full control of the oil-rich capital.

"The SPLA commander in Malakal has not been reachable since yesterday [Friday]”, Aguer told Sudan Tribune on Saturday, while referring to Gen. Johnson Gony Bilieu, who is the sector II commander in Malakal.

"The SPLA forces are north of Malakal town. They are controlling the airport and key infrastructures and other important installations. The rebels are in the southern part but we moving towards where they are", he added.

Farhan Haq, a spokesperson for the UN Secretary General said Thursday that anti-government forces "appear to be in control of the town [Malakal], as nearly 20,000 civilians sought protection at its base.

Violence erupted in the country’s capital, Juba in mid-December last year and spread to other parts of the country along ethnic fault lines with over 1,000 killed and more than 400,000 displaced, according to UN figures.

Ivan Simonovic, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights described said on Friday described the South Sudan situation as "an internal armed conflict" that has caused untold suffering for thousands of civilians.

“Clearly the crisis, which started as a political one, has now taken on an inter-ethnic dimension that urgently needs to be addressed. People on both sides are absolutely convinced that the other side is to blame, which makes the situation even more dangerous", Simonovic told reporters in Juba.

“One month of conflict has set South Sudan back a decade", he added.

The top UN official said there was for an independent fact-finding commission to establish the truth of these terrible events, citing mass atrocities allegedly committed by both sides.

“Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands are now displaced, with some 70,000 people seeking protection in UN camps and 30,000 in the two UN compounds in Juba alone,” he added.

South Sudan’s defense minister, however, said the SPLA forces had been making significant movement into the rebels held positions as both side battle to control key towns so as to strengthen their position at negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"They have repulsed rebels attempting to return to Bentiu yesterday [Thursday] and they are now controlling most parts of Malakal town. They [rebels] are only in the southern parts", Kuol Manyang Juuk said Friday.

Meanwhile, South Sudan’s information minister said government would soon take control of all the rebel-held areas, if they continue to reject the signing of the cessation of hostilities agreement.

"If at all the rebels do not accept the cessation of hostilities and sign it on time, then definitely they are going to lose all the positions which they are holding at the moment", Michael Makuei said in a statement on SSTV.

The SPLA are advancing toward Bor and you will hear it soon that the government forces have taken it, he added.


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  • 18 January 2014 08:34, by Wicdail

    Let Kirr Dinkas/Nuers stop lying to public. They will never win this war if that’s what they think. Let us look for another alternatives to stop this killing. But Kirr is a dumb president otherwise.

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    • 18 January 2014 08:47, by Tutbol

      Just get rifle refilled we are at war we people dabble in superstitions, since when does the evils ever love peace. We are at with evil peoples.

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    • 18 January 2014 08:49, by Mapuor

      Hahahaha Nyagaats are now eating dogs in only Southern parts of Malakal.No food, in fact they have destroyed Malakal completely. They claim that since Malakal is a Chollo and Dinka city they must not leave a single building standing. They are going to claim for Nuer state whose hqrs will be Nasir.Hahahah Nyagaats have started fleeing towardsGualguk.

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      • 18 January 2014 08:55, by omoni jr.

        Today you laugh,but tomorrow you will cry"" Drinking beer is Not good ,you can not laugh when people are dying, especially innocent civilians.

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        • 18 January 2014 09:14, by Aaban

          I sort you were Equatoria. I didn’t know you were Nuer, just wondering because Equatorian rejected the war but supporting Kiir with confident to win,just saying,

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          • 18 January 2014 10:02, by Tong dut

            @ Aaban.
            This war is called Dinka Nuer tribal or meanless war.
            Soon we Dinkas will attack fuckin Equatorians, whom have no guns.

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          • 18 January 2014 10:29, by omoni jr.

            am pure Equatorians from Nimule,so, i support the rebellion against the Dictatorship,this is Not government,it is kiir militias,and one thing is, I do Not like Reik machar to take over either,I need new face from any tribes regardless of their orgins,backgrounds,colour,race,and appearances.

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        • 18 January 2014 09:57, by Tong dut

          @ Omoni,
          Why James Wani is reorganizing Equatorians to fight for Dinkas, All of us are southerns, if you kill nuer, that is you kill Dinka, be ready, other tribes will soon attack by Dinkas.

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  • 18 January 2014 09:04, by Mapuor

    Nuer militias must be defeated this time. No peace talks. Those who are wasting time in Addis should just go back to Juba.Mobilisation and recruitment must continue.Nuer illiterate generals must be given good lessons.SPLA coward generals can leave for refugee camps where they were after 1991 traitors coup.ALLUTTA CONTINUA.

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    • 18 January 2014 09:08, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Malakal city has gone to the hand of Gaat Kiir early this week, the only remaining counties are Malut and Renk which will fall to our freedom fighter by today or early tomorrow. To be honest, Great upper Nile will never be a place for Kiir militias! they must forget about that.

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  • 18 January 2014 09:05, by Joseph

    Arab said you will not able to rule yourself because Dinka and Nuer have the same mind, no body can step down. Kiir could have resign if he love this country so he can be like Nelson Mandella.Otherwise this war shall cause us lot of life.

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    • 18 January 2014 09:47, by Sudan virus

      Kiir can’t step down because of threats from self (tribe)objective rebellion.
      Joseph note that the government of South Sudan is not for Kiir!The government of the Republic of South Sudan involves all tribes in the country.How can you say Kiir should step down?
      Let those who rebel step down and wait to contest for various position in the 2015 general election and try their luck.

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      • 18 January 2014 10:27, by Joseph

        Arab also said: if u divide Sudan, u will also divide yourselves. Wisdom word from colonial. The way leaders treat this fighting shal take us to failure state.

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      • 18 January 2014 10:38, by Nyesi Ta

        When we were in peace the government of South Sudan is for a certain section of Jaang, but when we are in war the government is for all tribes. My friends the Dinka Bor tricks are old condiments that can’t add any flavor to what Gogorial Kitchen is trying to cook.

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    • 18 January 2014 10:36, by zulu

      Why do you ask Kiir to resign and not ask Riek to resign from his quest for leadership... In fact, as somebody said here about power struggle, it must be contended that Riek has sought for power and money for quite a long time. Remember his wife Angelina as oil minister for 4 yrs. Then he asked his wife to be governor of Unity State to control oil money. This guy is money hungry

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      • 18 January 2014 11:51, by Joseph

        Zulu, Riek has been reject by his people Nuer,Salva gave Riek opportunity by killing innocent Nuer. believe me Riek will never rule if Kiir resign. but if war continue international will interfere while local recruit malitia and we have failure country.

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    • 18 January 2014 17:07, by Marco A. Wek

      Brother Joseph, I know you the truth about our two tribes attitudes but asking elected person to step down for sake of peace while not refuting Dr.Riek for causing all this crisis is not acceptable.

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  • 18 January 2014 10:55, by Nyesi Ta

    The Asspla DM & the ever drunken spokesman said quote "The SPLA are advancing toward Bor and you will hear it soon that the government forces have taken it," Unquote. Their statements are like one of the deceptive scripture in the Bible that "Jesus will come soon." Last week Aguer said within 24 hrs the Asspla will dine in Bor. Fellows, everything these guys are saying are all bullshit.

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    • 18 January 2014 12:35, by Dinkawarrior

      Breaking News!
      Bor is under controlled by our army forces, the SPLA!
      Long live SPLA, Long live South Sudan!

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      • 18 January 2014 13:44, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        The militias were terribly defeated in Gemeza, were they lost 8 brigatdiers and over 400 privates. to day, they had lost Bor and finally will lose Malakal on Monday. The gangs had reaped enough deaths for their greed. thank our spla forces.

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        • 18 January 2014 15:43, by Hardlinner

          The war need to move where riek is hiding. The remaining rebels would be rooted out of south malakal soon. The looters and their foolish leader(riek) will soon be capture and send court. Bentiu, malakal and bor have been reduce to nothing by these sense rebels. Riek is monster, bloodsucker, low IQ, greedy, moron and selfish.

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      • 18 January 2014 15:45, by Kumbo

        Dinka Warrior
        you are a fool why mentioning SPLA while it is UPDF who are fighting the rebels in South Sudan shame on you and your president who is the wife of M7. M7 is the one doing every thing for him including reporting what is happening in his land to him your Idiot Kiir is just like house wife waiting for ready made

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        • 18 January 2014 16:03, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          The UPDF gunships have to be lauded for their great job in killing the entire rebel command at Jemeza. that actually caused panic that sent the rebels packing. they have been moving out of Bor for the last two days, no food eat, and no shelters to hide them from BM 12 and 30 daily shellings.

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    • 18 January 2014 17:12, by Marco A. Wek

      Nyesi Ta, go check BBC News about Bor.

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  • 18 January 2014 15:38, by Whortti Bor Manza

    If Kiir were not to hire mercenaries from Uganda and JEM from Darfur, he would now be in the dustbin of history. See how weak the SPLA is. Only good at unleashing brutality at civilians. Mr. President make sure Museveni Kaguta is over paid before he switch sides. Shame on you the Dinkas. Why don’t you face the menace you started instead of taking up to your heels to neighboring Uganda and Kenya.

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    • 18 January 2014 15:45, by Whortti Bor Manza

      I was puzzled to see a sign post at the UN compound pointing to different directions for the Dinkas and Nuers. Riek never plan well otherwise he would have dealt a severe blow to this idiot. After loosing Museveni, Kiir will run back to Omer Bashir wich he claimed is his staunch enemy. What a double standard.

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  • 18 January 2014 18:52, by Majongdit

    Malakal in full control of our forces. There was a serious plan made a d it’s working. Thy will nvr Malakal again.

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