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S. Sudan army, rebels battle over key oil-rich town

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March 24, 2014 (JUBA) – Fierce clashes occurred Monday between South Sudan government forces and rebels in Upper Nile’s Nasir county, with the former claiming it was advancing to take control of the opposition stronghold.

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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)

Multiple military sources and local officials within the state administration told Sudan Tribune that government troops were close to Nasir following two days of fierce battles along the way, days after rebels retreated from the state capital, Malakal.

The advancement of government troops on rebel-held areas is reportedly being aided by the use of heavy weapons and air bombardments.

South Sudan army (SPLA) spokesperson Phillip Aguer told journalists that government forces drove rebels back in different directions after capturing Malakal, and were now in “hot pursuit” of the latter.

“The SPLA pushed the rebels into two directions from Malakal. Some have gone to the direction past Adong and between Nyinthar-Malual and Doleib. Our forces fought the last battle in Anakdiar during which the rebels were pushed out past Adong,” Aguer said on Monday.

The military officer also confirmed that another clash took place in Guel Guk, an area located west of Adar oil field, after rebels reportedly fell into an ambush laid by government forces.

“Yesterday (Sunday) evening, the SPLA followed the rebels up and the two forces clashed as they battled for the control of Nasir. They are mounting resistance, but I don’t think they will manage,” he said.

A military source in Adar, however, told Sudan Tribune that the shelling had been ongoing since Saturday.

“The group which we repulsed last on Wednesday has been joined by the two groups which fled Malakal after it was captured by our forces. They regrouped and are attempting to attack our positions. They have started shelling our positions since Saturday and it is continuing,” the source said on Monday.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reported hearing sporadic gunfire in Malakal town, as well as near its base. It also observed deployments of SPLA forces in the southern part of the Upper Nile capital and in the barracks north of the town.

REBELS DISMISS ARMY CLAIMS

James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson of rebel leader Riek Machar, has dismissed allegations government forces were advancing towards Nasir town, describing the claims as “wild propaganda”.

“The latest information we have received from our leadership on the ground indicated that the fighting was still taking place around Malakal in areas of Baliet county,” Dak told Sudan Tribune on Monday evening.

He claimed government forces and their foreign allies were confined to the Makal Shilluk area on the outskirts of Malakal, with rebels putting up stiff resistance in the southern part of the city.

Dak also confirmed that rebel forces had liberated Kaka from government troops loyal to president Salva Kiir.

He claimed that rebel units under the direct command of Brig. Gen. Joseph Chegai Gatluak and Maj. Gen. Gabriel Tangiye respectively had gained control of Kaki-Tujeriah at dawn on Tuesday.

“Our forces were joined in liberating Kaki by defectors from SSDA/M (South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army ) pro-government militia led by Maj. Gen. Ayuk Ogad. More information on casualties, sand equipment destroyed from the attacking forces will follow,” Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

He described army claims that they were advancing onto Nasir as "wishful thinking", saying the allegations were serious deviations from the truth and reality on the ground.

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  • 25 March 06:46, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

    Big up, to Anti Government forces under the command of JOSEPH GAI GATLUAK and GABRIEL TANGINYA by liberating Kaka Tujiaria. REGARDS!

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    • 25 March 06:52, by michael coma

      It is white lied that rebels have captured Kaki.Govt forces have captured Nassir and Akobo last night and you are spreading lies here.Majority of rebels haave run to Ethiopia refugees camp called Kule.Wait for real news concerning Nassir.

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      • 25 March 06:58, by Mi diit

        Michael coma,
        Your desperate lies are good for us because the whole world will not trust you and even citizens will not trust you. You will be no longer reliable. Your statements will be ignored. Read the statement by UN, confirming continuous fighting in Malakal. Shame on you liars, born to lie thing!

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        • 25 March 07:41, by michael coma

          Mii dit
          I am not lying,man.Just wait you will hear news soon and sooner as Nuer remnants are trying all avenues of survival.Gatkek one of Riek’s generals have defected against Riek and is fighting now at Akobo as govt supporter.You likes sellout Dinkas for so long but now is our turn to auctioned you to your former masters of 90s.

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      • 25 March 10:36, by Malakal county Simon

        Desperate Bor orphan called Micheal coma, i,m not surprised with your usual shame-full liars, because its part of your culture (Dinka)....

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        • 25 March 13:32, by michael coma

          Malakal shit
          You boy with rail way lines on your forehead, your days are numbered bastard.Nassir must fall under govt forces whether you like it or hate it.

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    • 25 March 06:55, by Mi diit

      Meanwhile, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reported hearing sporadic gunfire in Malakal town, as well as near its base. It also observed deployments of SPLA forces in the southern part of the Upper Nile capital and in the barracks north of the town.

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    • 25 March 08:27, by Tong dut

      How many Rebels did Kiir have in south Sudan?
      Machar ,and the wounded SPLM Army is rebels of yesterday in juba.
      When will Kirr pay his own army them Ugandan?

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    • 25 March 08:27, by Tong dut

      How many Rebels did Kiir have in south Sudan?
      Machar ,and the wounded SPLM Army is rebels of yesterday in juba.
      When will Kirr pay his own army them Ugandan?

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    • 25 March 11:30, by Johndumo14

      These 3 towns or counties,Nasir,Akobo and pibor, must be brought under control of gov.troops before the rainy season begins,so that children can go to school.
      Nasir has becomes the capital city of Dr Riek Machar`s rebels.Nasir has become a threat to not only malakal,but to
      oil fields.Sudan and Eretrea are are using Nasir airport to supply the rebels of Riek Machar with Guns,food and Amunitions.

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    • 25 March 11:33, by Johndumo14

      It is a matter of time,the gov.troops will enter to Nasir,Akobo and Pibor,these places are the backbone of the rebels and the villagers white army.

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    • 25 March 13:46, by Johndumo14

      Army rebels recruitment is going on in Khartoum!It is not safe for refugees fleeing to sudan from the war in South-sudan.Now Khartoum is aresting any South sudanese Young or old and sent to Kosti for military training and sent to South sudan to fight along side Dr Riek Machar`srebels,this shows that Omar Albashir support to Dr Riek Machar.70 percent of South sudanese army are from Nuer tribe.

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    • 25 March 15:18, by Bentiu son

      BREAKING NEWS
      Duk Padiet has fallen into the hands of our gallantry forces the of freedom fighters at 5,00 am this morning with more artillery weapons captured in good conditions.In other development,Kaki Tagjiaria was overrun by our freedom fighters today while Major.Gen of SSSDM/A under comrade Oyut Agada defected and join our SPLA in Opposition under C in C Dr Riek Machar Teny.

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      • 25 March 15:28, by Bentiu son

        Moreover,in Unity State,our freedom fighters began their ugly offensive against the Dinka Kingdom under Sultan Salva Kiir Mayardit who fearing Dr Machar and his Nuer tribe to death meanwhile in diaspora,the Greater Equatorian sons and daughters in Canada had announced their loyalty to SPLA in Opposition under Chairmanship of democratic leader Dr Riek Machar and decried the tyrant regime of Kiir.

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        • 25 March 18:05, by Majongdit

          Hahahahahahaha oh the boy from our Bentiu. You are used to lying. Lou Nuer have begun to oppose your Riek. Is it why you are making those terrible lies? By the way, you told u last week that Leer has fallen to rebels, but I am surprised that my friend, a government soldier, talks to me daily from Leer.

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    • 25 March 16:24, by Johndumo14

      Maburuk SPLA.THOUSANDS OF CONGURALUATIONS TO our gov.troops for their Victory in Malakal,Nasir,Akobo.TheUSA,EU,IGGAD ,UN and Sudan want Uganda troops towithdraw so that Riek Machar`s rebels will have the upper hand.They don`t want Salva Kiir in power,they want salva to lose power so they can put WHO they want to be president of South sudan,but that will never happen.The western support DR Riek!!

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    • 25 March 16:31, by Johndumo14

      The western+UN are playing a dirty game in South sudan ,they want salva kiir out so they can put Dr Riek Machar as preident of South sudan so they can come and easily steal the oil,gold and many good Things,because Dr Riek is singing a beautiful song called Democracy.

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    • 25 March 16:44, by Johndumo14

      The SPLA must teach the rebels a lesson they will never forget,because the rebels commanders in Malakal and Nasi said they want war.They want Salva kiir to step Down.Salva Kiir must show to rebels and their leader Riek Machar that he is the president of South sudan,he lives in Juba,he is not running from place to place like Dr Riek Machar,Mr Jungleman,SPLA wiLL follow him where he ever he go!!

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    • 25 March 19:22, by Johndumo14

      THE SPLA SPECIAL FORCES ARE GOING AFTER DR RIEK MACHAR!!
      Thousnads of people have died and Towns villages and properties distroyed bebause of the actions of this only one man Dr Riek Machar. The SPLA will get him no matter how long it will take.Even if he run into Ethiopia,Kenya or any others countries in Africa.Dr Riek Machar and his wife are in Kenya now their days are numbered.

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  • 25 March 06:46, by Mi diit

    What a big shameful lie by Philip Aguer!!! Not even a single bullet is fired in Nasir county. No Kiir soldier has set foot in Nasir. Shame on you, Aguer for lying too much!!

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    • 25 March 06:56, by Mapuor

      Midiit
      Hahahahaa,why are civilians fleeing to Ethiopia if there is no fighting around Nasir and Wulang.Hot pursuit,it only takes some hours to reach Nasir from Baliet yaa jana Nyagaat.Nor Nyaruai would not be a safe place for you,Paiteeth would soon see heavy shelling.

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      • 25 March 07:01, by Mi diit

        Civilians are fleeing almost every where to Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, etc, in anticipation of more fighting throughout South Sudan. Dinka are fleeing, Nuer are fleeing, Equatorians are fleeing. Every body. Don’t use it as a proof of your lies. It is a practice ongoing!

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        • 25 March 07:10, by Mapuor

          What are you going to gain from this mess dear Midiit.How do you feel when your kins survive on waterlilies(Yill).Malaria is now taking its toll.Would your objectives be commensurate with the suffering that you inflicted on innocents?Just come to your senses and you would resume enjoying chickens in Juba.We need peace not war.

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          • 25 March 07:18, by Mapuor

            I mean would your set objectives justify the great suffering that you inflicted on South Sudanese. I know that your objectives are illusive.Tribal chauvinism will never work in our context,we have more than 64 tribes and if each tribe struggle for power at your current scale,haa there will be no Republic of South Sudan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  • 25 March 06:52, by George Bol

    This Saturday, SPLA will capture Nasir and the surroundings.
    The sound of gun is what nyagat of Riek Machar want like in 1992-1994. Food lovers deserved response!

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  • 25 March 07:18, by Dinka the soul of south

    I Just feel bad for the rest of the tribes in south sudan. i wish God only created dinka and nuer in south sudan so we can fight each other to the end whoever win the war will respect the other one, but like dis we will never have peace, and people will keep running their dirty mouths and believe me people of south sudan not all of us are into this war. infact some of us Dinkas are even busy

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  • 25 March 07:20, by Dinka the soul of south

    there fighting each other, because we are not even taking this nuer war serious, ah the good thing is they said its not about tribalism, if it was, Starting from ABYEI to Bahr el Ghazals, warrap to lakes ,to united, , there wouldn’t not been any nuer left in south Sudan aha its just funny how it is now all the nuer states are fuck up.. i am sorry to shilluk! and as i was saying we dinka

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  • 25 March 07:22, by Dinka the soul of south

    are smart infact kiir himself is smart, he got ugandans because them ugandas like money and money comes and goes, therefore since we have oil in nuer lands why taking dinkas to war, we can just use that oil money to pay ugandans to fight nuer both side kiilling each other while we dinkas can just sit and watch, and to Equatorians..we warning you guys, if it wasn’t for us Dinkas..that juba woul

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  • 25 March 07:22, by Dinka the soul of south

    would have been in ashes but since we are smart people and therefore thats why you pple are safe, we dinkas are the only Tribe that can bring nuer people to their good behavior. we are the soul of south Sudan and the supreme court of south. ..nuer brothers we like u guys because you guys sumttime make us not to think stupid, but still you guys can’t never win this war or will riak become a pers

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  • 25 March 07:23, by Dinka the soul of south

    a persident. never and ever. and let me make clear to you nuers, in Jungle state, the Dinka sub-section we have there are bors and they are in small numbers and thats why you guys sometime beats them, but not always because there are Dinkas, but if you guys are too hard try Bahr el ghazal, and ya will see, the real Dinkas.

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  • 25 March 08:32, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I told you yesterday Nasir and Akoba are under fire. Source told me from frontline in Nasir, that SPLA force are close from 5Km to Nasir town today at 8:42AM. The Question is: Where will #Riek Machar fleeing to?

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  • 25 March 09:00, by philipdit wol

    If SPLA capture Riek in Nasir where he is base that will mark the rebellion in South Sudan ever now and then.

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    • 25 March 09:27, by jijury

      I’m in Malakal there is no fighting in Nasir the whole Sobat River is controlled by us freedom fighters. Philip Aguer should stop lying to the world. The government sent a few civilians and some soldiers they attacked our forces in Baliet, but we taught them a lesson they’ll never forget. Also, we shot Baliet commissioner n killed Renk former commissioner.

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      • 25 March 10:28, by Malakal county Simon

        Jijury
        You’re very right brother!!!! But no worries, because Aguer is employed to tells lies.... We are just couples of Kilometers away from Malakal airport gate way to Nasir, so keep dreaming fools!!!!

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  • 25 March 09:29, by Jubawe

    People don’t worry soon will be no more precondition when Equatorian joint this war against Kirr and his corrupt government, we already had enough, Kirr destroy our state and doesn’t have plan for development to the whole state paying Uganda our public money, shame, Soon will be no more war, we’re preparing, Kirr will have option Run to Uganda or step down, no more Hiding in Luri but face court

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  • 25 March 13:04, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Jijury
    is lying in term of his base. Please, all Riek Machar, you are future use, don’t lie. There was fiecr fighting in Nasir and Akobo, where as many civilians are fleeing to Leitchor county. A sourc told me on frontline in outskirt of Nasir that SPLA forces are at 5km to Nasir town.

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  • 25 March 15:46, by Kim Deng

    Jaang,
    Even if you and your allies capture the whole Upper Nile, you must know that it’s not the end of dirty war, which was declared on Nuer nation by coward King, Mr. Slava.

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    • 25 March 17:03, by jijury

      Makuach Lam, There are engineers here in the forum Jijury being one of them in fact if Incompetent Kiir militias are 5 kilo meters from Nasir it means that they are already in Nasir. The end of Salva is near just be prepare for the worse which is yet to come. your boss Salva will soon run out of oil money. Dr. Machar is going to be your next president mark that in your brain.

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