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South Sudanese rebels confirm Malakal takeover

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March 19, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - The rebel SPLM-In-Opposition have confirmed the recapture the capital of Upper Nile state, Malakal by the South Sudanese army and vowed to retake it soon.

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Rebel forces pose for a photo in Malakal, the capital of South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, on 4 March 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson for the rebel leader, Riek Machar, has confirmed SPLA troops loyal to the government have retaken control of the strategic town on Wednesday, saying their forces had tactically withdrawn to few kilometres outside Malakal.

"Yes our forces have withdrawn from Malakal for tactical reasons. We will however retake the town soon. Our resistance forces are only a few kilometers outside Malakal," Dak told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday evening.

He reiterated accusations against the government for violating the cessation of hostilities agreement the two parties signed in Addis Ababa on 23 January.

"What the government has done is in violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement. We suspect that Salva Kiir’s forces with their foreign allies wanted to retake control of the town before the next round of peace talks scheduled for Thursday, 20 March," he further said.

He also challenged that the deployment of the IGAD forces being talked about on invitation of the government in Juba contributed to the violation as it gave "false" confidence to the government to continue charting the path of violence with the hope that it will continue to secure protection by the incoming regional troops whose deployments the rebels have rejected.

Earlier this week rebel officials reiterated their rejection for the deployment of IGAD troops which is accused of taking the side of the government.

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  • 20 March 07:54, by Kalo

    War is just like the football,good to accept defeat,sometimes in,other days out,lives continues.

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    • 20 March 08:04, by Akook

      Gatdet Dak unlike Philiph Aguer is an honest guy and their cause to fight Kiir’s government is truth as well! Good to accept to defeat and probably soon as you said I bliev you will retake it. Government champion false for external forces to defend its existence. Until when? Oil money will soon be squandered by these numerous countries’ forces!

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      • 20 March 08:58, by Ayom Ayom

        If we don’t end war, war will end us and in modern war you will die like a dog for no good reason

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    • 20 March 08:07, by Bentiu son

      Yes,bravo James Gatdet Dak,it is really a good faith to accepted the tactically withdrawal of our freedom fighters-the SPLA in Opposition unlike pro Kiir’s loyalist militias/SPLA who hate truth to death.It took one month last year for Juba to accepted the fall of Malakal into the hands of our gallantry forces.Congratulation for feeding the public with truth and reliable information.

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      • 20 March 08:22, by mathem jech amer

        I don’t know what these people are coming to do in an empty town where there is no food. Soon rebels will retake and retake and retake. These governemnt forces don’t fight. It took them 3 days before they control it while it took rebels 2 hours to retake it in February. There is no need to bring it in the news because it just retake & retake game.

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    • 20 March 08:53, by Johndumo14

      If Dr Riek Machar can take power by force,it will be more worse than Salva Kiir,Dr Riek Machar became jealeus to James Wani Igga ,but where in the World wriitten in his Id that he must be vice president for life?In all the South sudanese tribes any body can BE VICE PRESIDENT.Dr Riek is dictator No.1.See how he dominated his rebels only Nuer,spokesman,nuer,to Peace talks,nuer.in camps nuer.

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    • 20 March 09:01, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar spokesman says,our forces have withdrawn from Malakal for tactical reasons. We will however retakethe town soon.You talk like stupid person,come even if you come 100 times,you are the loser after all nuer children are to suffer,no food ,no education,This is not the first time SPLA are at war with only Nuer rebels,they did in 1991 and they will do it Again even if you join Bashir.

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    • 20 March 10:27, by Monydit

      where is Riek Machar Spoke person Mid-Diit since ysday spla Recapture malakal he keep quite ,pls let me hear you Again ,your Rebel are currently now in heading to Nasir direct to Ethiopia ,bravo SPLA Of taking back Malakal to Govt Control

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      • 20 March 18:03, by Mayom County Boy

        @monydit why you ask madiit ? you need him to fuck you ? i will talk to him now, he will come to fuck you very soon.

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    • 20 March 12:54, by Tong dut

      Tribal war is not good, don’t cry with Kiir’s name. Now the tribe nuer had vanished.Who will be blamed?
      Dinka or Nuer?
      HIV is better than Machar. Since his own tribe is over, whom will he ruled?

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    • 21 March 07:14, by Lang

      Many these people are dumb as dirt. What are they rebelling against? It’s ruining the chance of this country moving forward and developing.

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  • 20 March 08:00, by moto

    HAHAHAHAH-----------TACTICALLY WITHDRAWN, PLEASE ACCEPT THE DEFEAT.WAR IS NOT A SOLUTION TO SOLVE CURRENT CRISIS IN OUR LOVELY NATION BUT LET US FIND A WAY TO SAFE LIVE OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS WHO DIE FOR NOTHING.SOUTH SUDAN IS GREATER THAN AN INDIVIDUAL INTEREST BUT LOOK INTO THE EYES OF A COMMON MAN.

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    • 20 March 08:15, by Bentiu son

      Moto,dude,we have only one way to end this feudal tribal/political/economical crises that is for incompetent and genocidal President Kiir to resign peacefully as to give peace a chance otherwise we shall be in bloodbath nation for many years to come.Salva Kiir had already lost his legitimacy as President after butchered his own citizens who elected him in Office.Kiir is lawless mongrel n warmonger

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      • 20 March 09:09, by Big Boy

        Dear Bentiu son!!
        Whoever u called urself as well known of mr:food-lover..when you compare Riak and Kiir who’s better i prefer Kiir is better than food-lover of Nuer? Kiir he’s son of patrioc he’s never liberated against their peoples like you you fight for food & leadership.U ’ll never rule this country as cowadic nuer!!!

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        • 20 March 10:46, by Bentiu son

          Little boy,yes,I agreed with you Salva Kiir is the son of bustard,whore and street orphan whose parents originally where from Jurchol tribe of Western BEG.Look,his ugly face doesn’t resembling naked Dinka or Monyjieng of Warap.Dr Machar is the son of leopard Skin chief of Nuer Teny Durghon unlike your street boy brought up in cattle camp.There is no comparative at all bt Salva n Dr Riek in terms..

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          • 20 March 14:03, by Big Boy

            Yah so of pitch Bentiu, that’s why we said big difference as well as Riak is well known as food-lover since 91 and before cpa ..and never mind about ugly face of Kiir that does’t reflicted what’s happened now in RSS rebelions? the matter how stop more food..and follow ur bro..who are staying withou food!!!

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          • 20 March 14:53, by Jewish Ally

            what do you mean son of bitch
            and if Kiir is from Jaluo (Jurcol) how does it affect the you. Jurcol are treal people and you Nuer who nthink not about negative side of your action lool! i will welcome Kiir back to Jaluo family if what you think is true.
            but let me ask you what are you fighting for? food, money, or chair?

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  • 20 March 15:55, by Kim Deng

    The Mighty Nuer Warriors are now dancing in Malakal (Latjor City) after coward Jaang/Slaves stayed in the town for less than 24 hrs.
    Shame on coward Jaang/Slaves!

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  • 20 March 16:52, by Awei-ngok

    Breaking News,
    Riek Machar has not believed yet the town has fallen into the hand of goveernment forces under LT General Salva Kiir Mayardit and he is risking himself to visit Malakal tomorrow to boost moral for his desperate and hopeless militias who are fighting for no good cause for South Sudan. Can you Nyigateens see how your traitor is goint to be slaughtered in Malakal tomorrow?

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    • 20 March 17:41, by Malakal county Simon

      Brief news; Malakal is now in our hands .... We lure in the foolish soldiers of Salva Kiir hoping they will live longer, but now they regret hahah!!!!

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      • 20 March 17:46, by Malakal county Simon

        South Sudan Oyee!!!!
        Democracy Oyee!!!!
        Dr Machar Oyee!!!!

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  • 20 March 18:28, by Kim Deng

    There is nowhere the coward Jaang/slaves be seen in the town of Malakal (Latjor City). http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/20/us-southsudan-unrest-idUSBREA2J1Q720140320

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  • 20 March 20:46, by American Missile.

    For your Information,
    1. Clement Dominic Wani---Undersecretary of Humanitarian Affair and Disaster Management, he is a Bari by Tribe
    2. Fredarick Lako----GIB—Intelligent in RRC and HADM.He is a Bari by Tribe
    3.Thomas Tombe,Acting D/G for NGO Affair in RRC,
    These are tribal practitioners and they are now in communication with the Rebel and pretending to be supporting Govt, Corruptist.

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  • 20 March 20:54, by American Missile.

    there is rampant corruption in RRC and HADM,Not only that a Tribalism is being practice by Clement Dominic Wani,Thomas Tombe and protected in by Fredarick Lako as their Security man in RRC and HADM. If Government will speed up to removed Underscecretary and Fred lako Security man, there will be a blood shed in that HADM and RRC.
    1.Clement Dominic Wan—Bari, Undersecretary-HADM,most corruptist.

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  • 20 March 21:02, by American Missile.

    China has donated Money by Cheque to RRC for Humanitarian activities but Clement Domonic wani,Thomas Tombe and Fredarick Lako are now stealing those money.they have taken cheque from Ministry of Foreign Affair.
    They tribal practitioners should not be allow to steal public money through "National Crisis".Fredarick Lako is encouraging Tribalism and money laundering simple because he has "shares"

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  • 21 March 07:56, by Uncle J

    Recapturing Malakal more than 10 times has becomes a tug-of-war between rebels and the government, I have no idea if that was the reason Mr. Riek forces defect. That is a wrong over do and those rebels need to surrender themselves if they can’t get anywhere beyond that strategic town.

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