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South Sudan army says Bor recaptured from rebel forces


January 18, 2013 (JUBA) - The spokesperson of the South Sudanese army (SPLA) said Saturday that government forces recaptured Bor, the capital of its largest state, from rebels.

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South Sudan army spokesperson Phillip Aguer (ssinpo)

“Government forces have today [Saturday] defeated the rebel forces in Bor,” Col. Phillip Aguer briefly told Sudan Tribune, without giving further details.

Mutineers from the army took control of Bor barely two weeks after conflict broke out in the capital, Juba between members of the presidential guard in mid-December, but government forces reclaimed control of the strategic town on 24 December.

A week later, however, armed Luo-Nuer youth, popularly known as the White army, entered Bor area and fought alongside the rebels to regain control of the town.


Paddy Ankunda, the Ugandan military and defense spokesperson also confirmed the recapture of Bor, describing it as a "big relief to trapped Ugandans [and the] international community.

“Africa’s intercontinental force, UPDF, captures Bor town from Riek [Machar] rebels”, said Ankunda, who earlier predicted that the town, under rebel control since 31 December, would fall to pro-government forces.

Located about 200km from Juba, Bor was the center for much of the conflict during the 1983-2005 Sudanese civil wars in which about 2.5 million South Sudanese died.

More than 1,000 people have been killed and over 400,000 displaced in over a month of the South Sudanese conflict, according to United Nations.


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  • 18 January 2014 16:26, by Whortti Bor Manza

    The SPLA claims it is a mighty army and yet the Ugandan military and the JEM from Darfur are doing the fight for them. Kuol Manyang is now busy trying to invite the SAF to defend the oil fields. Simple rebels who sprung up in Dec.2013 to pin down the SPLA and UPDF for nearly one month. Come on Col. Aguer.

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    • 18 January 2014 16:57, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Dinkas numbers were small in the army, majority of Nuer rebelled, and the remnants were put on hold from operations for fear of defections, so spla was left with no choice, the only option left was to asked friends for help they could get. now dinkas will joint the military in large numbers, Nuer threat of using military to achieve their goals will be the thing of the past. if they failed now,

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      • 18 January 2014 16:59, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        then they will not have opportunity like this once again.

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        • 19 January 2014 04:07, by Bentiu son

          ’’UPDF,captures Bor town from Riek [Machar] rebels”, said Ankunda.Why cowards Dinkas celebrate for Ugandan victory? if there is any victory at all,then it belongs to Kiir’s husband Museveni UPDF? Shame to you Philip Aguer for reporting lies n fabrication statements while South Sudan SPLA spokesman Ankunda is there feeding the public with their UPDF’s victory on the ground not you traitor.

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          • 19 January 2014 05:46, by Mi diit

            Incompetent Kiir mobilized Dinka youth in thousands and put them in the army as part of presidential guards, and also recruited thousands more in Juba after the war broke out, and yet they can’t fight well and had to beg for Uganda and JEM and SAF to help them while some Nuer and Equatorians are helping them too. You are cowards who cannot fight the Nuer despite having your tanks, helicopters, etc

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            • 19 January 2014 05:49, by Mi diit

              UPDF spokesman and his stooge Aguer are lying. There was no fighting in Bor town. The freedom fighters withdrew so that they crushed the UPDF/SPLA later on, burnt down Bor for good and speedily move to capture Juba. This will happen soon in the next few days. Don’t celebrate your downfall fools.

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      • 18 January 2014 17:16, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

        To all Nuer Who comment here.
        Where are your absent minded call white army? I knows they are on run now! Anyway they are very stupid and they always think like their tribal leader Riek Machar who will soon be send to ICC for recuiting child soldiers and killing of civilians.

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    • 18 January 2014 17:18, by Tong dut

      juba soon will be capture tomorrow.

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    • 18 January 2014 17:21, by Reconciliation

      Hahahahahahahah.Riek Machar and his empiralist must face fire.they should surrender otherwise we shall finish them all and make south sudan a nuer free country.

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      • 18 January 2014 17:30, by Deng Tut

        reconciliation. recapture Bor is not important for Nuer, but what is important who will win the war; Dinka are not in frontline; it is Ugandan and Darfurian who fights with Nuer, Dinka are coward, because of Ugandan even Ugandan we will defeate them, just wait. we are coming to Juba and maybe will be capture today. we are going to fight with all of you with your foreigners, Nuer nation ayooo..

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        • 18 January 2014 18:01, by sanduksanduk

          Dinka and Nuer are not wanted in Juba. All are bloodthirsty idiots who have no respect to human life and dignity. Keep ur wars to ur backyards. It is a shame sharing this country with hooligans like u. Idiots.

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          • 18 January 2014 19:55, by Mr. Right

            What has Dinka got to do with your claimed primitivity here? Monyjangs served your asses from your masters Arabs and I’d have to say here that, it’s indeed a big shame being with pea-brained humans like you. You people just can’t resist humiliation and you only need people like Monyjangs to serve your asses for life/ever. It’s indeed a shame that you voted for unity. Jena haram!!!

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            • 19 January 2014 00:16, by sanduksanduk

              Mr. Right,
              It is ur own ass u served from the Arabs. They are after all ur neighbours. U Dinka and ur Nuer brothers are all idiots rejoicing over the death of each other. Look, ur people are packed in camps like sardines. It that suppose to be fun? I repeat. Keep that war to ur backyards and leave us in peace.Idiots

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        • 18 January 2014 20:08, by Reconciliation

          To :Riek Machar.out 25,000 Nuer Lou youth,10,000 were killed in the first fighting.today 15,000 were killed making a total of 25,000 dead.what have you gained out of that rather than death.just make another recuritment and we shall finish them all like what happened to them now in Bor.

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    • 18 January 2014 17:33, by Rezingving monynok

      Oohuhuuo damned
      Miidit .naath. kim deng.all militants .now bor is captured and next tomorrow will be pan gak .where sre you birches .lt has turned red .let us now talk about peace and love then your deadly idess that divided people of one nation. What do you think guys? Bentiu son naath. Midiit

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    • 18 January 2014 21:13, by Amantiel Kem

      Guys Kiir is using foreign troops because some of us Dinkas are not ready to fight the war of dictatorship. The real worriors of Dinka from Rumbek do not like to support this stupid leadership but for mu brothers who come from Nuer, mind your language otherwise u r chasing away your supporters.

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    • 19 January 2014 01:31, by Johndumo14

      Some dinkas are being used by riek Machar as to cover story so that other nations may think it is not a tribal war, look now bor has been distroyed by nuer army,Rebeka and her poor drunkard son now must think twice,their houses distroyed because they used blood and stollen money,look the equatorians they did not steal or kill inocent people that is why god protect them not the army but mighty.

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    • 19 January 2014 07:16, by Tutbol

      Whortti Bor Manza,
      Stop your silly propaganda. Your Jem from from Darfur haven’t liberated or even any key town in their country let alone being used by the SPLA to fight on its behave.

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  • 18 January 2014 16:41, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I already twitered the ICC to issue warrant arrest a gainst Dr. Riak Machar Teny of killing children who are very innocent indeed.
    Riak recurited them to fight behafe of him.

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  • 18 January 2014 16:49, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Am not happy because Riak is using child solidiers fighting with the government troops.
    I hope warrant arrest will be issue against him shortly. Riak Machar will be responsible of mass killing, sexual violent, extra judicial killing which is very bad indeed.

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    • 18 January 2014 17:23, by Deng Tut

      ayuiu Makuac Lam. the warrant arrest will be issue to President Salvator Kiir, who committed genocide in Juba in the day one, against innocent Nuer civilians; killed them with coldblood, this crime is against humanity and violation of human rights for that reason, Kiir will face ICC. and not Dr. Riek machar a as you claimed; don’t denied the reality please,you are not in Juba,

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  • 18 January 2014 16:51, by rossbelongstoall

    What a big shame using foriegn forces against your own people wether rebels or not!
    I am so ashamed to be called a south sudanese!

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  • 18 January 2014 17:17, by Bauer

    It is so ashaming to be a South Sudanese. From hence forth I denounce myself as a South Sudanese & will file papers to get a new nationality in Africa. How can a whole Country use mercenaries from another Country to fight members of its own Country in the name of protecting tribalism, corruption, sectarianism, dictatorship etc....utterly ASHAMED and NEVER a SOUTH SUDANESE anymore, NEVER AGAIN a SS

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    • 19 January 2014 03:16, by Hardlinner

      Kiir had no option but to seek support from foreign forces to help him ward off militias. It was mistake for kiir to put his trust on majority nuer army in spla. Since recruitment takes time and training to materialize, the quick fix 4 kiir was resort to uganda. For those crying on kiir for his deployment of foreign troops. I believe u guys shld blame ur militias 4 starting this sense rebellion.

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  • 18 January 2014 17:31, by Bolong

    Congratulation SPLA. Your strategies to battle the out-laws is tactically perfect. You have done all expectations from Southerners. Go go go, SPLA go.

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  • 18 January 2014 18:45, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Those who are laughing here does not know what gorilla war is. May be they were born outside of Sudan during the time of SPLM/A liberation straggle. They rebels does not have means to import equipment, the only way to get it is to capture it from government forces. What Kiir and Ugandans troops brought to bor will be used to capture Juba soon.The rebels are in hiding around Bor

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  • 18 January 2014 18:51, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Cont. Do not laugh yet, they are coming back to recapture Bor and use Kiir’s arms and other equipment to capture Juba. i have full knowledge of the plan to capture Juba. it is going to happen soon. Ugandans are going to regret on this fight. most of the SPLA forces who just entered Bor are going to defect and join rebels. this is not war between Dinka and Nuer, this is war of true freedom.

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  • 18 January 2014 18:59, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Cont. Why did Malakal fall? defection of cause. the same is going to happen in Bentiu. Dinka or non Dinka are going to abandon Kiir’s SPLA and join the force of freedom fighters. Again, do not celebrate recapture of Bor yet because, the worse is still to come; Juba is going to fall before the end of these Month. If this did not happen, come and ask me and I will apologize to you without arrogance.

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    • 19 January 2014 03:30, by Hardlinner

      That is wishful thinking pal. Dinkas defecting to who?. We may not like kiir but that doen’t mean we hate him more than riek . We would rather create our own rebellion than to follow mass murderer, primitive, greedy and Dr of death. There are better way of getting rid of kiir than through rebellion. Demonstration should have been first step than attempting coup.

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  • 18 January 2014 19:09, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Cont. Kim, there is no fear about Uganda troops, they are never good fighters. They are womanizers, the only danger they poise is infecting our women with HIV. They can never stand our warriors. Uganda was unable to defeat Joseph Konyi with his primtive LRA. LRA are less in number compared to our mighty warriors. Once they feel the heat, they are going to flee and leave SPLA to face it.

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  • 18 January 2014 19:18, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Cont. till then, the SPLA forces will start to defect. we need those equipment they brought with them in Bor. The best word to use is SPLA entered Bor Just as Philip Aguer mentioned on SSTV. Our forces gave them the way to enter Bor. soon you will see what happens. Bentiu first, then Juba, and all these will happen before the end of this month. This is Kiir’s last try, mark my words...

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  • 18 January 2014 19:36, by Marco Bul

    So the MIGHTY Nuer can run?? Hehehe.You over-crowded the army and integrated with the intention of trying to overthrow a legitimate gov’t.Run to Ethiopia or Sudan.Your days are numbered.Tomorrow will be Ayod and Waat.

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  • 18 January 2014 20:36, by Bolong

    Hello Dears, Kim Deng, Kinght in Shining Armor, Bauer, and many more, if you were been fought by the parties you have mentioned, do you think that you are on the right side or wrong side?. Are you inside South Sudan or not?. Will you be prepare to command a platoon of the so call white army than warring on the internet?

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  • 18 January 2014 20:58, by Bauer

    I am in South Sudan and I HATE injustice done to me because of my tribe. I don’t take sides, I just want the gov’t in place to respect human rights, avoid tribalism, try to minimize corruption as much as it can, adequately provide services to me and the rest of the SS.It should NOT use a foreign army to kill it’s own citizen’s to keep its face.Do you have another question?????????????

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  • 18 January 2014 21:04, by Nyesi Ta

    The war is not over yet. Capturing and recapturing towns do not end the war. This war is going to be a protracted one that may take long time till all actors both side including their foreign Mercenaries are properly exhausted to come to their senses.

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  • 18 January 2014 21:06, by Nyesi Ta

    Corrected comment.
    The war is not over yet. Capturing and recapturing towns do not end the war. This war is going to be a protracted one that may take long time till all actors on both sides including their foreign Mercenaries are properly exhausted to come to their senses.

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  • 18 January 2014 21:45, by Bolong

    Hi Bauer, so you are not prepare to be in the field, good, but look, your government has arrested the coup attempt and corrupt officials and some of them ran away and caused this war. The government should make ever effort to punish and bring situation into control.

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  • 18 January 2014 22:02, by Gatluak

    Dinka and Uganda are nothing to Nuer the warrior who are known by entire world. We just withdrawn three days back to let those Uganda soldiers and few Dinka enter Bor town so that they will have no way to run since Bor-Juba road is closed by Gen. Peter Gatdeet the husband of Dinka Bhar el Ghazal. What type of government fighting his civilian (white army) instead of trying to make a peace between?

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    • 19 January 2014 03:49, by Hardlinner

      Dinka bahr el ghazel don’t have husbands. Your pussy gatdet have never set foot in bahr el ghazel, because one thing he knows better is that if he goes there, he will never return alive. Mark my words. We are peaceful and at the same time can be ruthless if provoke. The fact your rebels never tried to venture in bahr el ghazal show what would await them there.

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  • 18 January 2014 23:53, by allan

    i feel really bad for our people die for nothing dinka or nuer war with no meaning i have seen alot of die bodies lying on street of benitu and bor now im not gonna said anything better to die for something reasonable but not this stupid war with no meaning

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    • 19 January 2014 02:22, by Wicdail

      “Africa’s intercontinental force, UPDF, captures Bor town from Riek [Machar] rebels”, said Ankunda. How did Kirr Dinka feel now when the victory is belong to M7’s UPDF? shame on them. By the way, you will never see stability again until this primitive (Kirr) who doesn’t know what it take to a president of an independent nation has gone.

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  • 19 January 2014 02:38, by 4Justice

    Agent of lucifer delivered from spirit of Mad Baboon of greed

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