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S. Sudanese rebels claim to have regained control of strategic Bentiu town


May 5, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The opposition forces led by the former vice president, Riek Machar, have claimed to have regained full control of the strategic Unity state capital, Bentiu, in less than 24 hours after its recapture by the government on Sunday.

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SPLA soldier stands next to a machine gun mounted on a truck in Malakal town, on December 30, 2013 (Photo Reuters/James Akena)

“Our forces this morning [Monday] at around 9am have regained full control of Bentiu town,". Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

“The pro-Salva Kiir soldiers and their foreign allies suffered heavy casualties and are being pursued northwards,” he added.

The South Sudanese rebels accuse the Sudanese rebel Justice and Equality Movement of taking part in the offensive. But, JEM spokesperson Gibreel Adam Bilal once again in a statement extended Sunday to Sudan Tribune denied these “fallacious allegations”.

The strategic town has exchanged hands several times. If confirmed this would be the third recapture by the rebels.

Dak said in Nasir town, a previous stronghold of the rebels, the opposition forces were engaging the government troops and surrounding them, adding that “it was a matter of time before they were equally flushed out”.

He further saidd that the rebels were carrying out a counter-attack in Renk county and were closing in towards the town after claiming to have captured Gerger and Jalhak military posts near the town.

He accused the government of violating the cessation of hostilities agreement as peace talks was resuming in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

On Sunday, South Sudan defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, said that SPLA forces were reacting “in self defence” to attacks by the rebel fighters on their positions.


S. Sudan defence minister confirms recapture of key rebel towns

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  • 5 May 2014 12:15, by Young Patriot

    Capture-recapture strategy!!! Peace will never be achieved in South Sudan through the barrel of a gun. We need to sit down and initiate dialogue. Pres Kiir has mismanaged this nation and the only way forward is for him to step down and let a neutral person from Equatoria assume power and stop this senseless war. I am from Bhar El Ghazal but we shd call a spade a spade!! Kiir needs to go.

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    • 5 May 2014 12:49, by John The President

      Young Patriot, you are known, just say you are from South Sudan that is enough, " spade a spade" have you talk to Riek Machar, is he willing not to share a part in any gov’t that you are calling for Kiir resignation. I don’t want to bother you anyway, just be informed that Kiir will not step aside until he is voted out come 2015. capture and recapture yes is not solving any problem sooner, but..

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      • 5 May 2014 12:59, by Young Patriot

        John President, I have to identify myself because the war has been regionalized. I don’t support Riek taking over soon any although Riek is 10 times better than Kiir. That is why I suggest a neutral figure from Equatoria to lead an interim govt and bring peace. Kiir is an absolute failure and South Sudan will remain in stone age if we don’t get rid of him soon. Even the whole BG doesn’t support Ki

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        • 5 May 2014 13:02, by Young Patriot

          Agaar community which is the second largest group in BG is suffering under Kiir dictatorship. It is a matter of time before they launch their own rebellion if Kiir stays in power.

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          • 5 May 2014 15:53, by Mapuor

            Young patriot
            You are a real Nyagaat.Agar community wanted to wipe out Nuers of Bentiu but Kiir stopped the youth from doing that by ordering Gen Matur to stop any further attacks by brave Agar youth.Hhahah who attacked Panyijar in Jan my dear?hahah Agar youth are waiting for any provocation to clear Bentiu of Nyagaats.

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            • 5 May 2014 16:04, by Young Patriot

              Mapuor, don’t u follow the news? Rumbek youths have refused to attack Nuer simply because they don’t like the brutal Matur Chut and old Kiir. I understand that you are Matur’s kinsman but the reality is that your uncle is a brutal bloodsucker. You better assume leadership from him otherwise sitting down to defend an illietarte guy will do you no good. Kiir must go!! He is a failure!!!

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            • 6 May 2014 07:55, by jubaone

              This is stupid jenge scum. You are best at killing unarmed Nuer civilians. Why cant you take your jenge ass to fight off the Nuer?

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        • 5 May 2014 13:17, by John The President

          @ Young, Kiir resignation before his term limit in 2015 will be waited for and it will not happen. you did not share your thoughts on whether Riek will be part of any gov’t or not. you should based your analogy on the entire situation and the roll played by the two leaders before you arrived at Kiir resignation. there is no problem with leader coming from Equatoria or whatever region.....

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        • 5 May 2014 14:15, by barbayo

          Mi diit
          even today you will not sleep ,James Koang in Hejelj(Panthou) hospl with five wounded soldiers he requested khartoum transporting him , Raik Macher was admitted in private Hospl in Addis,

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    • 5 May 2014 13:50, by mathem jech amer

      Young Patriot
      You want to sit down with who, tell your Nuer greedy men & prophet of dooms to reap what they saw, don’t pretend to be from Bar El Ghazal, tell your real identity, being Nuer is not a crime.

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    • 5 May 2014 14:30, by Frak Cho

      It’s lie! Rebels are trying to console themselves like what they did when Malakal was last taken from them. Sorry guys!

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    • 6 May 2014 08:09, by Johndumo14

      The USA and other powerful Nations are playing politics on South Sudan.
      Why him John Kerry didnot condemns the rebels when the rebels recaptured malakal and Bentui even more than 200 sudanese traders were killed by rebels.
      U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said his government “condemns in the strongest terms” a new offensive by South Sudanese government forces against opposition-held positions.

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  • 5 May 2014 12:16, by Mi diit

    Ahahahaaaa…how can these Kiir’s ragtag militias and mercenaries expect to stay in Bentiu for long? Soon they will feel it in Warrap. Paul Malong Awan is a failure. They will all be left dead in Nasir because they are surrounded from all corners. This summer will be bad for them, Mrs Akiir out by 15th December 2014.

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    • 5 May 2014 12:26, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Mighty Nuer Warriors retook the City of Naath org in from those killers, Gen. Koang Chuol and Gen. Makal Kuol deserved many saluting from entire Nuer community around the world, on behalf of NCAQ, I retested my profound congratulations to our Freedom Fighters. I wish you a very successive victory in the days a head. Once again congratulations

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      • 5 May 2014 12:46, by Gangura

        I said terday it is a matter of time soon our rebels will retake Bentiu from those idiot of Kirr

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    • 5 May 2014 12:42, by Malakal county Simon

      Dictator president Kiir has clearly violated the cessation of hositlity by invading both Bentiu and Nasir, while the peace talk was resume.... Now this war will reach warrap in few days ....

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      • 5 May 2014 13:01, by Gangura

        Good news even I did not sleep wen the all night

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      • 5 May 2014 13:53, by mathem jech amer

        Malakal county Simon
        It has reached Warrap long time ago but your guys were killed like flies so they stopped, they now know the real men are on the ground.

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    • 5 May 2014 13:55, by mathem jech amer

      Mi diit
      where is Nyariek of Bashir?

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  • 5 May 2014 13:30, by Jalaby

    I just told you few moment ago this is Tom & Jerry game and my pen ink is not dry yet!! LOL

    I am not sure whether this funny soldier still alive or dead after all this fighting in the south!

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    • 5 May 2014 13:36, by Jalaby

      this soldier was watching the crowd in Juba at the time when celebrating the separation from north, at the time, the south was full of money after Arab/Jalaba gave them all the oil fields that they discovered and pumped its oil for free!!
      All that have evaporated away because the south does not have the basic required elements to establish a country!!

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  • 5 May 2014 14:19, by Letigolight

    I did not know that Juba was full of rebels, in the morning, the mood was sober greeted with little conversation among the youth, but at about 1:30 pm, when news circulated that Betiu was captured, Nasir beseiged, baraks captured in Renk and advancing forces threatening Warrap, Jubiliation filled the reateurant where I usually have my lunch and everyone was jovial and active, I also celebrated!

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    • 5 May 2014 14:28, by Letigolight

      Before I was updated, an elderly man I interviewed confirmed to me that Bentiu and Nasir were captured and that Dr Riak was chased to Ethiopia and that now there was no threat of insecurity; he did not notice the hate inside me to his speach and nearly disorganised my day. As I entered my office, I assured my friend that I would celebrate the day the rebels shut down oil flow completely!

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      • 5 May 2014 15:32, by J P Puok

        let any doubting Thomases doubt this time! Peter gatdet had drastically reduced the load from bashir’s shoulders serious by killing a nummer of JEM and SPLA-N that even God himself could not affort in single day but they did it this morning! serious widows will be in abundant if at all these JEM do marry leave alone with Pual Malong awan clan militias.their forehead marks simulated antelope horns

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  • 5 May 2014 15:19, by kimo

    jalaby was correct when he described the whole issue as tom &jerry games...how long does the foolish game of capture and recapture continue

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  • 5 May 2014 15:42, by J P Puok

    it all happened again! Kuachlualthon Gaankiir is liberated !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 5 May 2014 15:46, by Mapuor

    SPLA is recovering from the damage that Oyai Deng,Majak Agot,Mathok Geng,Pieng Deng Majok did to it for the last eight years.Brothers,soldiers food,uniform,fuel etc used to be sold at broad day light with impunity all over the South.The looting spree that happened in the SPLA under those thugs was great.SPLA is gaining momentum and rebels will be defeated soon

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    • 5 May 2014 15:58, by Mapuor

      President is wanted by all South Sudanese to rule them for the next fifty years.The say that the only reward Kiir’s deserve for leading the young nation out of bondage is to stay in power.that is why they captured Nasir and chased Nyagaat to Ethiopia/.Hhahahah SPLA OYEEE.Khartomers are SPLA enemies and their support to Riek is rubbish.

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  • 5 May 2014 20:03, by Zeki

    Dear All
    will this one tribe conquer the entire country?

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    • 6 May 2014 08:46, by TUR-ANGON

      Dear so called NAATH in the the diaspora when you dance and fart in the pool of lies, your ppl are being smoked by the mighty DINKA.. support this rebellion but it will ends when you got bloody noses. There’s is a saying in DINKA" that nuers knows only how to start a problem but they don’t know how it will ends".

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