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S. Sudan army in control of Bor amid rebel claims of tactical withdrawal


January 18, 2014 (KAMPALA/JUBA) - South Sudanese army announced they retook the capital of Jonglei state, Bor for the second time from the rebels, but the latter claimed they operated a tactical withdrawal.

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A South Sudanese government soldier pictured on 18 January 2014 in Bor, a strategic town South Sudanese government forces backed by Ugandan troops recaptured from rebel forces loyal to deposed vice-president Riek Machar (Photo: AFP/Charles Lomodong)

"Government forces have today defeated the rebel forces in Bor," Col. South Sudanese army spokesperson Philip Aguer briefly told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

In additional statements, Aguer further told reporters that the recapture of Bor frustrates Riek Machar’s plan to attack the South Sudanese capital Juba and to "install himself as the ruler of South Sudan".

Located 200 kilometres north of the capital Juba, Bor was the first town to be taken by the rebels after the clashes that took place in Juba on 15 December 2013.

On 18 December South Sudanese army in Juba said they lost contact with the commander in charge of the SPLA’s 8th Division in Jonglei state Gen. Peter Gatdet who had already announced a mutiny against the government accusing it of killing Nuer people in the capital.

The rebel leader and former vice-president Riek Machar, several days later, stated that Juba would be the next target of his troops, as reports cited mobilisations among the militiamen of the White Army from the Lou Nuer in the largest South Sudanese state.

The South Sudanese army retook the town on 25 December, but again the rebels seized the flashpoint town of Bor on 31 December.


Machar’s spokesperson, James Dak confirmed to Sudan Tribune that the SPLA regained the control of Bor, but added that their fighters just "tactically withdrew" from the town.

"There was no fight in Bor town. Our forces tactically withdrew and now preparing for the next move that will target a number of more strategic towns and locations", he stressed.

He further said the withdrawal was meant to lure in "the pro-Kiir forces and their Ugandan mercenaries".


The spokesperson of the Uganda People’s Defence Force, Paddy Ankunda, was the first to announce the capture of Bor on Saturday when he wrote on Twitter "UPDF has captured the town of Bor in S. Sudan. Big relief to trapped Ugandan, international community".

"There was a lot of resistance, but our force was overwhelming," he further told Reuters after the tweet.

In a speech he made on Friday in Bombo town, central Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni told the Army Council that he deployed troops in South Sudan to save the neighbouring country from collapse.

He further added that the two warring parties are on the side of the Ugandan government.

South Sudanese government and rebel negotiating teams in Addis Ababa are expected to sign a cessation of hostilities agreement, as the African Union, United Nations and United States are pressing the two sides to accept it and to engage in political talks to settle the conflict.


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  • 19 January 2014 08:58, by Jalaby

    To Dinka and their ally of Equatorians,
    Please don’t feel so happy and excited, have you ever asked yourself what dictator Museveni will ask in return for his fighting with you guys and beating Nuer in Bor and Bentiu? nothing for free now, right?
    will you be able to pay him back the price he will ask or will it exceed your pay check?!!

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    • 19 January 2014 09:01, by Majongdit

      Don’t be so immature. Even your country, Sudan, supports the legitimate government of South Sudan.

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    • 19 January 2014 09:11, by Jalaby

      Ironically, although Nuer were known to be north ally but they decided to vote for separation and end that alliance, now they put themselves under Dinka hat and now are begging Khartoum to re-open the alliance page that they closed by their own hands!
      Ironically, Dinka voted for separation and "assuming" ended Khartoum governing them, knowing it or unknowing it now

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      • 19 January 2014 09:17, by Jalaby

        Dinka have new master, dictator Museveni is their new master, they’re required to say "Yes Sir" to him all the time otherwise his whip and lash at your back can’t be tolerated!!
        Now Nuer under Dinka dominance and control, Dinka & Equatorians under their new master dictator Museveni!
        Therefore, the ugly fact is: you all have new master now which is Uganda!

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        • 19 January 2014 09:25, by Jalaby

          I’m pretty sure it’s just a matter of time till Dinka run fast to Khartoum and beg them to free them by any price from dictator Museveni ugly dominance, it’s just a matter of time till dictator Museveni hit Dinka hard right at their ass, for sure they can’t afford it and will beg Arab/Jalaba for help!!
          Please mark my words!

          Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

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          • 19 January 2014 14:44, by Paul

            Museveni doesn’t want fees for fighting along the SPLA against Riek’s Militia. Museveni need guarantee from the government of South Sudan to also militarily help Uganda when some political narcissists in Uganda rise up and use their tribes to fight against the Ugandan government. That is just the mechanism of politics.

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            • 19 January 2014 17:27, by mathem jech amer

              SPLA has been fighting LRA in Yambio, Congo & C.A.R., so Museveni is returning the same good work done to him in supporting democratically elected governemnt NOT criminals who corrupted money and want to take power by force.

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          • 20 January 2014 02:25, by Wicdail

            Thanks Jalaby,
            You have said it all. I like your reasoning. But our cousins (jieng) doesn’t understand the results of inviting foreign forces such as the blood sucker M7 in a long term. For your information, Nuer are not against anyone, neither Dinka/jieng or any other tribes in RSS, nor any other Sudanese in the North. However, we will never accept Jieng to abused the affairs of RSS never.

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  • 19 January 2014 09:01, by Gabriel KK

    Bravo mighty SPLA!! Criminals are on the run like rates.

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    • 19 January 2014 09:26, by Bentiu son

      Gabriel KK aka orphan Bor boy,don’t celebrate for nothing, Uganda Army UPDF are the one fighting with us not cowards Dinka SPLA soldiers but mind you we just’tactically withdrawn’from Bor Town as we did previously soon you n your mercenaries will run naked soon than later.We shall cont fight till our democracy,human rights,federalism,good governance n responsible government are finally realized.

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      • 19 January 2014 21:08, by George Bol

        Bentiu son,
        You got no ,more reinforcement, we have exhilarate your white army Nuer in Jonglei and now cleaning the remainder of Nuer in Malakal. The Nuer in Bentiu were done already. where will you go if not Ethiopia or Uganda. Good lesson for Nuer,you crying too much on nets but wait for worse?

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  • 19 January 2014 09:12, by Majongdit

    The SPLA-Khartoum two decade war was always described by the all the ubsequn regimes in Khartoum as the Dinka - Arab war. Even the Equatorians used to say "Kalam bi ta Jenge (Dinka) ma Mundukuru (Arabs) bi ben sana de". Translation: the problem between the Dinka and Arabs will have its dimensions known this year after the huge mobilisation of Achondok in 1996.

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    • 19 January 2014 09:16, by Majongdit

      So why was the two decade South-North war referred as the Dinka-Arab war? Where was the bravery of Nuer when we were fighting for freedom.

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      • 19 January 2014 09:34, by marie

        Poor Majongdit,
        If Dinka are really what they claim to be, Abyei would not be under Sudan at the moment. It is a clear indication that without Equatorians in the army, Dinka cannot fight. You people demobilized most of our veterans from the army and now you cannot not fight a single tribe;Nuer. shame on you people. You mouths are just full of filthy lies.How many crossing the border everyday?

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        • 19 January 2014 17:57, by Majongdit


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      • 19 January 2014 10:06, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        It is because Nuers are considered by Arabs as Dinkas when they are not digging their latrines in Khartuom.

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  • 19 January 2014 11:00, by bolingo

    It’s just a tactical withdrawal, Kirr and his husband museveni will be defeated soon.
    How do you call kirr a legitimate president when he doesn’t want opposition and keeps on removing governors unintentionally.

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    • 19 January 2014 11:09, by allan

      To damn ass nuer claim that bor was taken by uganda is general malong awan uganda u idiol that general on frontline

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  • 19 January 2014 14:05, by Jalaby

    To Mr. Rommel,
    Well, you condemned Kiir before and accused him of giving up the south to Arab/Jalaba again when some leaked news stated that Juba asked Khartoum to secure the oil fields with SPLA, and now Uganda announced it to the whole world that their Ugandan army captured Bor, why you didn’t criticize Kiir for allowing Ugandan army to

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    • 19 January 2014 14:11, by Jalaby

      intervene in internal conflict? do you think the Ugandan involvement will come without any price? why you kept your mouth shut? what? is it "HALAL" for Ugandan army and any other country army but "HARAM" for Sudan army?!!
      Shame on you Mr. Rommel and Dinka that you hire mercenaries to fight on behalf of you!! You guys should wear "Tarha" wa "TOB" LOL LOL LOL

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    • 19 January 2014 14:20, by Chol A.

      @Jalaby it simply because you are worse enemy to South Sudan than Ugandan and that’s why we don’t want to asked you for help! Is that clear yah Abu jalabia? If so go and mop your asss in the mosque.

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  • 19 January 2014 19:37, by hellonearth

    Breaking News.....

    the coward Dinka forces of Kiir and the UPDF have been given another lesson in Bor town.they have been complete destroyed. More news to come stay tuned but Museveni and Kiir will now sleep tonight.

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    • 20 January 2014 03:48, by Hardlinner

      Come on nuers, don’t add lies to your already moronic minds. The el jazeera jounalists were in bor yesterday showing the destruction of town by rebels. Unless your primitves are time Travellers, otherwise the town is under control spla. Your lies only serves low IQ Nuers not any body else.the rebels of destruction and looting have no place in south sudan.

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  • 20 January 2014 07:08, by Gabriel KK

    More than 3000 white army are confirmed dead in BOr, more than 200 captured and the counting is continueing. what a shame to greedy footlovers!!

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  • 20 January 2014 07:46, by WendeMajok

    Dr. Riek was fighting an army of the nation not a Dinka, think wise before your stupidity drives you. The mediators on Riek’s side are comprised of South Sudanese (Dinkas inclusive) so does Kiir’s side. Where on earth do you call it Dinka Vs Nuer? It was because of the weird genetic perception you guys had since creation. God have mercy on greedy people!

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  • 20 January 2014 08:05, by pabaak

    Even though Bor has become a ghost town still people are pround of it, because, Riek machar will think twice if he want to take power by force again, but defintely could be his last attemp, the so-call white army were not actually army to fight but pursue it looting machine, so it was right when Governor Unityt termed it "coup changed to somethinng else" which I can say changed to looting machine

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