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South Sudan army retakes Bentiu, Nasir from rebel forces

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May 4, 2014 (JUBA/KAMPALA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) says it recaptured rebel stronghold Nasir in Upper Nile state and Bentiu, the capital of Unity state, the government and rebels confirmed to Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

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A South Sudanese government soldier stands in front of a vehicle in South Sudan’s Unity State on 12 January 2014 (AP)

The SPLA spokesperson Colonel Philip Aguer on Sunday told Sudan Tribune that Nasir, which is on the north side of the Sobat River 30 kilometres from the Ethiopian border is in the hands of government forces, adding that the SPLA had also recaptured Bentiu.

Aguer further said the army has retaken Nasir from the rebels in response to rebel constant attacks.

“It was used by rebels as a base to attack Malakal,” he said.

“We have a constitutional duty to protect the country. we are not violating cessation of hostilities agreement,” Aguer said.

A rebel official from Nasir confirmed to Sudan Tribune their tactical withdrawal from the town, adding “It’s just a matter of time. Our forces will soon flush them out of the area”.

The attacks on rebel positions in the two towns started Saturday night according to the rebels who accused the Sudanese rebel groups of taking part in the two operations.

South Sudan rebel commander in Unity state Maj.Gen. James Koang Chuol has confirmed the recapture of Bentiu town and accused the Sudanese rebel groups of JEM and SPLA-N of participating in the attack besides the South Sudanese army.

The Sudanese rebel groups deny involving their fighters in the South Sudanese conflict.

Chuol vowed that his troops will soon re-seize Bentiu, adding “We will kick them out soon, it will not take us some days or hours”.

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  • 4 May 20:11, by barbayo

    rebels where ran to Gomballa Raik ran Addis and station in Blue light hotel

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    • 4 May 20:38, by whatsayyou

      In bibilical context one can correctly say Those rebels are punished through Riek Machar for betraying the country that they did not fight for. And yet they were widely accepted in its goverment.

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    • 4 May 21:04, by Malou Manyiel

      I want to ask rebels spokesman; where are the rebels said to be on lightening speed to Warrap and those on lightening speed to Bor for rescue mission? Now that Bentiu and Nassir are captured by government forces, where are they now?

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      • 4 May 21:30, by Mi diit

        Don’t rejoice yet. You can win many battles but you will definitely lose the war. Just wait for ending of this war. Ngundeng predicted that you will first take your tolls on Nuer but the response finally will be decisive victory over you. So we know what is happening. Just be patient for the final bullet. The Nuer are fighting themselves in Nasir, Ulang, Bentiu, etc. They will soon unite.

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        • 4 May 21:43, by Mi diit

          We know it is even going to get worst before it gets better for us because Ngundeng also prophesied involvement of four foreign countries. But he said we will also come out the winners in the end. Those of Malong Awan will end up dead soon and you will be surprised how the Nuer will survive this regional war.

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          • 5 May 04:42, by Chol A.

            Midiit I told you last few days that there is worst to come now have you feel it? Now another worst sencerio to follow be aware of your Dr hopeless could either hang himself to death or will be captured alive! Mark my words.

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        • 5 May 06:46, by mathem jech amer

          Mi diit, Bentiu Son, Joseph canada
          I heard that 5,900 Nuers were killed in Nassir, 1300 in Ulang, are they not unarmed civilians?

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      • 4 May 21:35, by Southern Boy

        Hi SPLA
        thanks you and congu for retakes bentiu and capture of nassir and ulang from rebel of stoppid riek Makchar not Dr is a stoppid Dr, SPLA oyee SPLA oyee, the government of south Sudan shuold paid the army salaries without delay so the can fight Riek rebel upto Ethiopia, hahahahahahah bentiu oyee Nassir oyee ulang oyee, male mi diit nuer ruei e Riek e luongjok ke Juba, hahahah

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    • 4 May 21:55, by Garang Deng

      Ples my Dinka Just wait,If u defeated Nuer it’s better to defeating u b/c Nuer used a word late we leave him/her,He/ she look like some body who do not have any relative or look like slavery.
      And Nuer will leave u free,If u defeate Nuer this war will never end till coming of Juses.

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    • 4 May 22:04, by Garang Deng

      Dr Macher.
      Just wait for two day don’t losse hope ur Nuer worrior will come back very soon ,Just a metter of time Ulang is very near to Nasir,late the stupid mojority enjoy this day in Nasir , The enjoy will returned as cry tomorrow.
      I beleave Nuer are really fighter in South Sudan.

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    • 5 May 03:05, by Johndumo14

      The rebels including Riek Machar are fleeing towards the Ethiopian border, we are still advancing," the spokesman said.
      The Ethiopian government will arest Dr Riek Machar.
      Is better for Dr Riek Machar to run to his husban omar albashir in Khartoum,sorry for dr riek ,running all the time.

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    • 5 May 03:10, by Johndumo14

      Dr riek machar was talking too much and planning war in Nasir and he refused to attend Peace talks face to face with kirr ,now spla send him to addis abbab by bullets.

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    • 5 May 03:45, by John The President

      Machar and his white army should now enjoy the war,they have been preaching, the war has reached the heart of his homeland. it was last year when Kiir announced that he will not allow the incident of 1991 to repeat itself during his ruling, but the message fall in deaf ears. I am always bothered by "what the future of the Young Nuer youth politically labeled as white army will be"......

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      • 5 May 03:52, by John The President

        The white army must quit the rebellion for their own goodness and for their Country as well, Riek can never win the war, he wants to make sure that the Lou Nuer suffers the consequences of his quest for leadership before taking off for exile. the white army will be left with unbearable disappointment and pain, the Church, community leaders from Nuer should have a role to play to ensure these......

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        • 5 May 03:58, by John The President

          Children are brought back to their senses, we need them for the development of our nation. their future matters, no any rebel can fight SPLA under Kuol, Malong, Mamuur, and so many other generals and win, Nuer elders special from Jonglei must do something to rescue these youth men. its not about Dinka, Kakua, Pajulu, Bari, Mudari and so on, its about making a right calcultion of what is worth.....

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        • 5 May 04:06, by John The President

          ..achieving and what is not,how stupid would it be for Dinka, Kakua, Pajulu, Bari mention say 1 tribe to fight 63 tribes and you think the victory is certain.The world was not well informed about Riek past records,now the whole world understood him from the past, and you still want your Nuer children to follow his I deologies of committing horrible crimes, are you are issuing them a ticket to ICC?

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  • 4 May 20:14, by Mohamed

    The man in this picture is not from South Sudan he is a member of JEM.
    This is definitely evidence of the JEM presence in South Sudan!

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    • 4 May 20:21, by deng

      Mohammed,
      So what you gonna do if this man in the picture don’t belong to South Sudan? Got damn rubbish stay away from South Sudan business or join the fight.

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      • 5 May 19:05, by Mohamed

        Deng Dong,
        When we were in the fight, we had control of Bentiu for 21 years..
        Now...with this ragtag force of yours you can’t even keep it for one day!
        What fight are you talking about?
        This is not a fight...this is a joke!

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        • 5 May 19:20, by Mohamed

          ...and of u Dinka are so tough, why do you need Musevini, the murderer of John Garang to do the fighting for you.
          Why do you hire JEM to die for you.
          For us, this is very good because JEM lost 80% of there forces to the Nuer until now.
          Musevini killed Garang and is now dancing on his grave.

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    • 4 May 20:29, by barbayo

      game of James Hoc mai finished this is Paul Malong his command one week Beniut and captured allthe rebels are in Gombella part of Ethiopai, now Hassen Marnyuot,Angelina Teny ,Taban have meeting in Bole hotel in Addis and Raik in Blue light hotel in Ethiopai

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    • 5 May 11:37, by mathem jech amer

      Mohamed
      If he is JEM, then his name is Mohamed like you.

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  • 4 May 20:17, by deng

    Good news though I know Machar and Koang Chuol who is running his mouth have escape to Gambella- Ethiopia. Just barked as you can because this is last being a general since your day dreams are about to come to an end. All Nuers should thanks Salva Kiir of giving them all the positions they want but with your greed, you want a top job by force, screwed you all!!! It will never ever happen again????

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    • 4 May 20:49, by barbayo

      Bentiu son , Mi diit,and Jalaby
      I told yesterday, you will get news on Sunday , last week i promised you that all rebels were given week to surrender themselves and they refused , now got the road is Gombella ,who are scatter in bush are be call by SPLA to surrender ,

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      • 4 May 21:09, by deng

        Barbayo,
        The three barbarians persons you just mention above one or all of them might be dead if it happen for them to be living in particular Nasir because they think SPLA/SPLM will never reach their. Let wait for breaking news about these three persons. Also, I like Paul Malong Awan chosen words, capture me or I will capture you a message to a killer Riek Machar South Sudan enemy number one.

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  • 4 May 20:18, by barbayo

    756 rebels were captured in battle and James Kaong Chuol ran to Hajelej with 15 rebels 8 without guns and include him with guns,this happen them , they will forget it.

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    • 4 May 20:33, by Gangura

      Matter of time our rebels will retake bentiu

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      • 4 May 20:48, by deng

        Gangura,
        Really? Really? I though you guys should be now in Juba! Lord have Mercy! I can’t believe Nasir and Bentiu fall and you still talking about matter of time? Just tell your poor brain-washed little white army to washed their hands and go home. There is no way you guys can win a war over the 63 other tribes. My friend, if these two place of your strong hold fall you all done!

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  • 4 May 20:18, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Where is Machar? I told you yesterday Nasir and Bentiu will be fall soon. As i had dreamed fortnight ago Machar is seem on to the way to Ethiopia. Exactly, i escored the dream.

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    • 4 May 20:37, by Toney Toney Matot

      Midiit( James gatdet Dak),
      I told you this morning that the chief of general staff Paul Malong Awan is very determine to crashed the rebels once and for all. when appointed by the president in the above position he made it clear that either Riek Machar capture him or he capture Riek. please Midiit it is not all Nuer should follow this stupid man Call Riek Machar.leave him alone and come back home

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      • 4 May 20:59, by deng

        Toney Toney Matot,
        I don’t think Mi diit have ate today after hearing the fall of Bentiu and Nasir. As a psychologist, Mi diit is now in his mind wise he could divided himself into billion nuers to wiped out all Dinkas and other tribes who don’t agree with them the same thing that is playing in Riek Machar mind and all other defected nuers-maniacs idiots generals. Mi diit white army is finish.

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  • 4 May 20:31, by deng

    The only diseases that put Nuers as a greatest enemy to all other 63 tribes is Riek Machar. A man who had a golden chance to become the next President of South Sudan but because he is a blood-thirst human kind like, he does what he is known best for by creating instability in his own beloved country what shamed? The year 2015 is around the corner but he couldn’t wait and rebel if he got cheated.

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    • 4 May 21:38, by barbayo

      300 rebels ran to UNMISS in Bentiu capital of Unity State , they ran in UNMISS include top commanders and leave 300 hundred militry uniforms on gate of UNMISS,

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  • 4 May 20:39, by deng

    I am a Dinka and I don’t like what the President did in the first place by put all of these idiots in army top positions. All of these generals whom we all South Sudan count on but because carried Nuers ideologies, they turn the guns against the same President who trusted them and put them in-charge of the country army what shamed to these Nuers foolish generals? I only regret for the young white.

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    • 4 May 22:07, by Garang Deng

      Dr Macher.
      Just wait for two day don’t losse hope ur Nuer worrior will come back very soon ,Just a metter of time Ulang is very near to Nasir,late the stupid mojority enjoy this day in Nasir , The enjoy will returned as cry tomorrow.
      I beleave Nuer are really fighter in South Sudan.

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  • 4 May 20:40, by deng

    I am a Dinka and I don’t like what the President did in the first place by put all of these idiots in army top positions. All of these generals whom we all South Sudan count on but because carried Nuers ideologies, they turn the guns against the same President who trusted them and put them in-charge of the country army what shamed to these Nuers foolish generals? I only regret for the young white.

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  • 4 May 21:32, by Mapuor

    SPLA is recovering from the damage Oyai,Mathok,Pieng,Majak Agot and Hoth inflicted on it.Yaa Jamma food,fuel and military wares used to be sold in broad day light in Juba.Kusumkum.Malong Awan Oyeeee true SPLA Oyeee.Thugs who csme up wrongly to prominent positions must now watch liberators performing SPLA Oyee, Acin wede piny acuk guo dom tong dit thar bi riem akol kum nyin yen awic pienyda.

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    • 4 May 21:39, by Mapuor

      All units that were under Oyai Deng,Gier Chuang,Majak Agot,Pieng Deng,Mathok Geng and Hoth Mai need serious purging in order to safeguard the country and protect its gains.I thank Mr president for prohibiting politicians and civil servants from using military ranks.Now those of Majak and others are normal civilians and should be treated as such,Kusumkum.

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    • 4 May 22:20, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Please Dinka how many tribes are fighting Nuer?
      Please Dinka how many countries are fightingt Nuer?
      All that thing was saw by Ngundeng, Just wait u will see the end of this war ,who will win and who will loses
      Second Isreal Oyeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Oyee!!!!!!!
      Nueri Oyee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!oyeee!!!!!!!!
      Tigeria fought for whole Ethiopia and they win the war, it’s like Nuer they will win tooo

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      • 5 May 06:57, by barbayo

        Gatkuath
        you are dream , Tigeria from Ethiopia ,but you here in South Sudan if you are been cheated by nyuogdeng ,you finished with primitive youth Nuer

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  • 4 May 23:20, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Where about Machar? Answer: is unknow or he is on run to Ethiopia.
    And who are fighting Rebels as well as Nuer, is it Dinka face Nuer or SPLA face Nuer?
    Question goes to rebel supporter.

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  • 5 May 00:18, by Kim Deng

    Jaang/Slaves and your allies,
    You can capture all the towns, villages under the control of Dr. Riek’s forces, yet this is not the end of the dirt war which was declared on Nuer nation by coward King, Slava. This dirty war can take more than 30-50 years, yet the Mighty Nuer Warrior will never surrender.

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    • 5 May 07:56, by Letigolight

      Kiir and Malong will never win a war against popular descent; with already low popularity, the only thing you can do is to prolong this war and the obvious result is that all investors will pull out of South Sudan; This means total economic collapse and measery of the citizens!

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    • 5 May 12:40, by Majongdit

      Kim Deng,
      You used to say that the Dinka Kingdom days are numbered.
      It is good that you changed from "Juba will fall soon" to "this war will take 30-50 years"
      After 5 years Kiir will step down and there is going to be an Equatorian President.
      What again will you fight Dinka for?

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  • 5 May 07:45, by wisemen.

    Dear All,
    If we say that President Kiir step down.
    do you think that Macher will be the president of south sudan? or any of those with him will be.
    BIG NO
    ........................................................
    Rebecca!
    you have spoil the name of you husband the hero of south Sudan Dr John Garang.
    I can just say simply that you were behind the shot of your husband by Riek during those day

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  • 5 May 08:37, by Majongdit

    We trust King Malong!

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    • 5 May 09:21, by Malakal county Simon

      The rebels have defeated Egyptian and Sudanese mercenaries rebel right now in Nasir and Ulang , They have been surrounding, scattered into bushes, and some of them have been drown in the river.... Freedom Fighter Oyee!! Democratic Oyee!! Dr Machar Oyee!!

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