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February 6, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition (SPLM/A In Opposition) have claimed more defections from government troops to the rebels side in Lakes state.

The military spokesperson for the rebels, Brig Lul Ruai Koang, in a press release seen by the Sudan Tribune said over 700 government troops defected from Rumbek East county at Kerich village in the central Lakes state on 5th February, killing many government’s troops including the commander of the force in the area.

He said the defection occurred when the government was trying to launch yet another attack on the position of the rebels in the neighbouring Unity state in violation of the ceasefire agreement recently signed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

"Kiir’s army experienced this internal revolt at Kerich village in Rumbek East County in Lakes state while on transit to attack our forces at Panyijiar County in the neighbouring Unity state,” the rebels’ spokesperson said.

He pointed out that a new commander immediately took over and fought their way through up to Unity state.

"Major Changkuoth Puok then took over the command of the servicemen and joined the rebellion with their equipment," he said, adding that the mutinied soldiers took with them 16 trucks and land cruisers, some mounted with 12.7, 14.5 and Zoo 23 heavy weapons.

Koang further accused the Ugandan army of interfering with the fighting in Lakes state, saying their helicopter gunships carried out the bombing in the area.

“While the fighting was raging on between the divided army, the Ugandan’s gunships and attack helicopters conducted air interdictions and close air support in support of Kiir’s troops,” he said, adding that the mission by the helicopter gunships however failed to achieve the desired fire effects and instead ended in failure.

Koang said the hundreds of the mutinied soldiers will join up with the rebel forces of division 4 under the overall command of Maj. Gen. James Koang Chol.

REBEL POSITIONS TARGETED NEAR MALAKAL

In a separate development, Koang said SPLA forces loyal to president Kiir and their allied militias of Gen. Johnson Olony carried out joint attacks against the forces of the former vice-president Riek Machar at Achep-Al-Nil and Canal in Pigi county of Jonglei state, about 25km from Malakal town.

He said 60 Kiir’s soldiers were killed in the battle and their remnants were repulsed, leaving some equipment behind.

While confirming the two incidences, Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak told the Sudan Tribune that more defections are expected from "Kiir’s forces to the pro-democracy forces in the next coming phase".

"You will hear about more defections in the coming period unless Salva Kiir embraces peace and heeds to the popular demand for him to step down as a failed leader," Dak said.

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  • 6 February 08:24, by Tibs

    These are the same thugs (#Nuer)! They defected with SPLA Uniform & yesterday looted UNICEF properties. Why UN not condemn what so call Rebel in Bentiu looting of UNMISS vehicles, UN Military armors & there is very clear evidences?

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    • 6 February 08:47, by viper

      the shameful thing that the Nuers do not understand is that, they are the only people defecting and shamelessly call themselves as pro-democracy rather than pro-destruction. who do u think defected? it was just those survivors of Ramciel siege, those who killed people in Kalthok those days. who else in south Sudan do u think has joined the Nuer rebellion? only they themselves.

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      • 6 February 08:55, by viper

        a rebellion that is based on false prophet’s foolish predictions. where ever there is defection, the Nuers are the ones defecting and after sometimes, they shamelessly come back begging for food and reintegration. concerning his false that the SPLA were repulsed in canal, they were the ones surrendering claiming that we have heard of three months bonus that the president has given to the army. Nue

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        • 6 February 09:03, by viper

          .....Nuers have no principles at all. they are just driven by the word (wanethin gaare) or let’s go people. they lack reasoning. now some are defecting and others have already surrendering, what a big curse! some even claim to have gone without knowing where and what was the problem. now they are tired of rebellion in less than two months period. this time, no forgiveness. they will face treason

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    • 6 February 08:50, by Monydit

      the so call UN will not Condemn coz the boss is the Girl friend to Riekbaai Machar ,but ithink she will end up like the other former Girlfriend in 1991 which deid in NBi Car Accident ,just wait and see within this month of feb the Rebel Activies will not be there belive in me ,may God protect south sudanese in the Hand of Riekbaai Machar and Riekbaai machar will died like the Goat in the Bush

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    • 6 February 08:58, by Nguntap

      Ribs,
      Yes Nuer will defect and your imbecile Kiir will merely use Uganda UPDF, M23, JEM, Rwanda troops and SPLM-N to protect Dinka and his failed govn’t as you’re fight by your mouth shame Dinka youth! Where’re u Dinka you make launtic Kiir so ashamed by bribing foreign troops to protect Dinka n Gov’t. Kiir has already collapse if dont know soon he’ll run to Uganda M7!!!

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      • 6 February 10:13, by Kalo

        Nyuntap or Ngundeng,don,t include SPLM-N in your conflict please,we have no business with you because both Nuer and Dinka are our brothers African,i advise you to solve your problem peacefully,Riak spokesman was lair when i heard include SPLM-N in the conflict,we are refrain from that part.
        Wad-nuba

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    • 6 February 09:55, by Garang Deng

      Stupid majority
      Machar Government will defeat corrupted (Poor) president Kiir very soon.
      Well Done Democracy force complete the useless Dinka Bher el gazzel force or stupid majority

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      • 6 February 17:25, by mathem jech amer

        They should call themselves NUER FORCES rather than using general word for other united South Sudanese tribes.

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    • 6 February 09:56, by Garang Deng

      Stupid majority
      Machar Government will defeat corrupted (Poor) president Kiir very soon.
      Well Done Democracy force complete the useless Dinka Bher el gazzel force or stupid majority

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    • 6 February 09:58, by Mapuor

      The whole of unity state is now under the full control of the government.No defection has taken place,a reliable source from Rumbek confirmed that no defection that has taken place in that area.Hahahahah that is a blatant lie.Nuers are living in peace with their Dinka cousins in Lakes,they have the same marks on their forehead and look the same.Unity Oyeee

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    • 6 February 12:12, by Bentiu son

      BREAKING NEWS
      A senior government Military Intelligent ( Mi) of greater Upper Nile Region Brigadier Gen Marko Liah Chany who fought with our freedom fighters at de time in Malakal defected together with Col Kaang Paulino Matip Nhial Nyak n join South Sudan Resistance Movement under democratic Leader Dr Riek Machar.Welcome comrades to fight invaders of M7 and Gelweng militias of Salva Kiir

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    • 6 February 13:33, by Frak Cho

      What a shame that the rebels are resorting to war of liars!!
      16 army trucks is a pitiful lie! Ask Peter Gatdet, how many trucks did he have when he was commending Division Eight against David Yau Yau, Jonglei State? There was no army store for heavy weapons yet that state was operations zone.
      Karic, Paloc and Amongpiny, even frogs never had fight!!

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    • 6 February 13:34, by Frak Cho

      What a shame that the rebels are resorting to war of liars!!
      16 army trucks is a pitiful lie! Ask Peter Gatdet, how many trucks did he have when he was commending Division Eight against David Yau Yau, Jonglei State? There was no army store for heavy weapons yet that state was operations zone.
      In Karic, Paloc and Amongpiny, even frogs never had fight!!

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    • 7 February 12:48, by Johndumo14

      Let them go ,these are only Nuer soldiers ,what can they do??
      We have more than 66 tribes in south sudan ,can they defeat the all 66 tribes in south sudan,we don`t fight by mouth or talking,action speaks louder,what happened to them in Bor,Malakaland Bentiu,why can`t they remain there`?
      More distructions to them are the way!
      They will regret,this of their rebellion,

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  • 6 February 09:29, by Konkooc

    false propoganda
    it is nuer defection, who in South Sudan will follow animal like nuer and thier graduated phd donkey riek looter and destroyer.
    nuer are all now fifth column in all organise forces including private sectors.
    ’nuer may win battle but not War’

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  • 6 February 10:08, by Atakdee

    Out of 63 tribes only one tribe calling itself pro-government. rebelling and naming/appointing new spokesman every time. What happen Peter Gew now that there is new one dead or changed or escape to neighboring countries. There is no defection in Lakes state those were soldiers disloged from Leer that went to attack Lake not new defection you are lying.the rebellion dead & gone

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    • 6 February 12:23, by Bentiu son

      Dinka thugs,it doesn’t matter for Nuer to fight you along with your hired mercenaries from UPDF,M23,JEM,SRF Plus your manipulated naive tribes across the country.If Israel could fight 19 countries,what will prevent Nuer warriors to fight you cowards along your Dinka marginalized tribes across the country.Just withdraw those invaders u will see drama

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  • 6 February 10:50, by Majongdit

    BRIG. LUL RUAI KOANG,
    YOU ARE THE BIGGEST LIAR EVER. I AM HERE IN RUMBEK. THERE IS NO REBELLION IN RUMBEK EAST. THERE WAS A SMALL FIGHT BETWEEN A FEW DINKA SOLDIERS IN PACHONG AND THE DINKA GELWENG OF PACHONG PAYAM. IT HAPPENED AFTER THE SOLDIERS SHOT A CIVILIAN DEAD. THE ARMED CIVILIANS THEN RETALIATED ON THE SOLDIERS. ONLY 4 PEOPLE DIED.

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  • 6 February 11:05, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Brig. Lul Ruai Koang is a big liar, how many Lakes state and Karich do we have? Am now in Karich in Lakes state, no such a kind of signal we have affected here in Lakes stat.
    Mej. Changkuoth Puok who command that forces, may be it is force which due to attack Lakes state from 4th division of James Koang Chuol, then they return back before they reach to Lakes, that’s what Lul Ruai meant

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    • 6 February 13:30, by Frak Cho

      What a shame that the rebels are resorting to war of liars!!
      16 army trucks is a pitiful lie! Ask Peter Gatdet, how many trucks did he have when he was commending Divison Eight against David Yau Yau, Jonglei State? There was no army store for heavy weapons yet that state was operations zone.
      Karic, Paloc and Amongpiny, even frogs never had fight!!

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