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S. Sudan admits losing Unity state’s Bentiu to rebel forces

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April 15, 2014 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese government official has officially admitted that rebel forces are “in control” of Bentiu, the strategic oil-rich capital of Unity state.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, gestures as he talks to his men in Jonglei state on 31 January 2014 (Reuters: Goran Tomasevic)

“They (rebels) are inside Bentiu now. It is under their complete control,” Unity state’s deputy governor, Stephen Mabek Lang, told reporters on Tuesday.

The official, who is in close contact with government troops on the ground, said the army pulled out after a commanding officer allegedly withdrew without notifying his forces.

“This unfortunate development discouraged reinforcement from other areas,” Lang told a group of government officials who had come to pick him up from Juba airport.

Military sources claimed fighters under the command of Maj. Gen. Puljang Mathews withdrew from Rubkona on Tuesday without their knowledge, making it possible for rebel forces to quickly penetrate parts of the town without facing any armed resistance.

It is still unclear whether the commanding officer remained in the town fighting alongside government troops or had withdrawn.

Gordon Buay, spokesperson of the former rebel faction to which Mathews belonged prior to accepting a presidential amnesty and joining government-allied forces, clarified that the latter had remained in Bentiu and did not defect.

According to Buay, forces in Bentiu had been caught out after ammunitions supplies from Bilpam were not delivered in time.

However, the spokesperson for South Sudan’s army (SPLA), Philip Aguer, said fighting was continuing in Bentiu, despite rebels and some government officials confirming the town’s recapture.

“The information we have from our forces on the ground is that fighting is still continuing. The rebels have attempted to penetrate the town through one part of the town but they are being pushed away,” Phillip Aguer told reporters on Tuesday.

“Our forces are still inside the town fighting,” he added, revising his earlier remarks that the SPLA had repulsed rebel attempts to enter Bentiu town on Monday and take control.

Government forces have recaptured several rebel-held areas and border towns in recent months, closing off supply routes from neighbouring countries and securing the main artery leading west from Wau town, in Western Bahr el Ghazal, via Mayom county to Bentiu.

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  • 15 April 18:49, by Kim Deng

    The Nuer (the only threat to Dinka Kingdom in the South) patience for their unquestionable love to the mother land (South Sudan) gave Dinka all the opportunity they needed to expand their power in the South. The more wealth and powerful the Dinka become, the more able they are to further expand their empire. Such, we have seen that the Dinka Kingdom has been using the SPLA not only to...

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    • 15 April 22:15, by Thokidine

      By the way guys, let this Damp Dinka not cheat, Mabek Lang is confirmed dead already. Because they knew he is dead, that is why they claimed Mabek was relocated to Juba. it is a complete lie. wait for another update tomorrow from them (Govt) as they are very gud at contradicting themselves. Many Govt official were captured and are in cell with rebel. Congra freedom fighters and gud luck.

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    • 16 April 08:58, by Tong dut

      Good work,then go to Dinka kingdom soon they will all run to ugandan and sudan north.

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  • 15 April 18:51, by Kim Deng

    eliminate Nuer leaders, but also to destroy/reverse Nuer History [Nuer Conquest/Expansion-Nuer resistance against colonial rule.] By 2016, the non-Dinka tribes across Dinka Kingdom especially the Nuer who never surrender to any colonial or Kingship will be subdue to the maximum.

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    • 15 April 21:25, by Mi diit

      We told you Bentiu was captured since morning. Philip Aguer and Gordon Buay are raw liars. Deputy governor of Unity state, Stephen Mabek Lang, a Dinka from Pariang county, confirmed the rebels are in complete control of the town. He himself escaped from the fighting and knows what actually happened. Now Buay blames Bilpam, Aguer holds on to outdated information. Ahahahaaaa….

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      • 15 April 21:34, by omoni jr.

        hahaha
        Aguer and Gordon Buay are just imaginary and pathological liars, let them continue wishing their defeated gangs good "luck" haha

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  • 15 April 21:09, by Thokidine

    Congratulation dear Freedom fighters. Let teach Dinka a lesson they will never forget. They 4got the previous lessons our forefathers have taught them, they thought having technology around would strengthen them. I am pretty sure that even if Nuer went to battle ground just with a spear and Dinka with Gunship and those heavy weapons, he will stillbe defeated, nevertheless Nuer could win the battle

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  • 15 April 22:15, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Comrad Mathew Puljang commanding forces in Rubukona has resistance to rebels.
    I blamed Cdr. Mathew of collaborating with rebels of Riek Machar.

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  • 15 April 22:41, by George Bol

    This rebellion would have been contain long time ago if not Salva Kiir Mayardit. I don’t know SPLA is not order to captured Riek Machar live or dead. Amnesty to nuer militia from Khartoum was mistake at first. Now, the ball is with Kiir Mayardit to declare war and mobilization to maximum to step this noise

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    • 16 April 06:30, by Wicdail

      George Bol,
      Those, whom their culture is to lie and want other to believe in their lies, will never success and always regret at the end, we always tell you that Bentiu should not, and will never be a strong hold of Kirr’s leadership. The victims are those innocent solders which are now paying ultimate price; while those liars such as Mabiak Lang and his like are already running to UN and threatin

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      • 16 April 06:33, by Wicdail

        coun. already running to UN and threating them to evacuate them to Juba. While in Juba putting another lie that SPLA are regrouping for attack. I can assure you that 60% of SPLA in Unity State are/were kill, wounded, captured or be captures. Other pretty thing is the question of where is JEM, SPLA-N and UPDF? Well, they mysteriously banish. Those who managed to reach UN compound

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        • 16 April 06:36, by Wicdail

          Coun. Those who managed to reach UN compound or the border between S. South and North S. will never land foot again into Bentiu get that into your head.

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  • 16 April 03:21, by wang

    George Bol
    Dinka civilians were recruited by your coward govt before the Nuer white army join the club…try to spend your 10mins break watching this enjoyable clip when your coward army running naked from the teenagers civilians army…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmZBgZfGbhM

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    • 16 April 08:45, by Mapuor

      Hahahah regionalization of the conflict. which was started by the disgruntled group has already began.Khartoum and Addis are supporting rebels while Egypt will not wait to see its potential allies defeated.Dinkas and Nuer have enough redundant youth to do the fighting since their youth abhor farming.Hoooo Renaissance damp must surely die.Riek will be overwhelmed and defeated,SPLA OYEEEEEE

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      • 16 April 09:32, by Gatkuoth

        Mapuor, You are a big liar, your uncle Kiir invited Uganda to the war first and he was told not to renationalized the conflict. You have both human and material support from Uganda and you still being defeated. How can you cry just only for training support to the rebels? More defeats is underway...just stay tune.

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  • 16 April 10:52, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    the government especially the army have hands in the Bentiu issue how honest can the SPLA deployed a militia leader who have just been reintegrated and yet there are several of generals relaxing in Bilpham and nice hotels in Juba, this show that the government is not ready to protect the lives of innocent civilians across the country.

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