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Rebels claim S. Sudan army pushed out of Bentiu, Nasir

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May 5, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese rebels claimed on Monday to have regained control of both Nasir in Upper Nile state and Unity state capital Bentiu, which government troops say they captured on Sunday.

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The United Nations MIssion in South Sudan evacuates civilians in Unity state capital Bentiu after the town was recaptured by rebels form government troops in April (Photo: UNMISS)

Rebel commander Maj. Gen. James Koang Chuol says their forces have flushed out Sudanese rebels from Unity state capital Bentiu who its claimed are fighting alongside the South Sudanese army (SPLA), saying both government troops and their allies had suffered a heavy defeat.

“The Sudanese rebels who are blindfolded by [the] Juba government have suffered heavy losses. We capture[d] heavy ammunitions and other light guns,” Chuol told Sudan Tribune by satellite phone, saying rebels had also pushed out the SPLA from Mayom county to neighbouring Warrap state.

However, military spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer told Sudan Tribune in Juba that the government army remains in control of Bentiu and had “repulsed two [rebel] attacks in the last 24 hours”.

Chuol said attacks on rebel positions in Nasir and Bentiu on Sunday constituted a violation of the ceasefire agreement signed by the two warring parties in January.

Chuol says the leadership of the SPLM/A in Opposition remains committed to ongoing peace talks in Ethiopia, but said the government had shown a lack of interest in reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis.

He also warned Sudanese rebels against interfering in South Sudan’s affairs.

A source at the UN camp in Rubkotna county told Sudan Tribune described Monday’s fighting as among the heaviest the region has witnessed and had left many government soldiers dead in Bentiu and Rubkotna.

He claims he witnessed some government soldiers entering UN camp after surrendering their weapons to peace keeping forces.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says at least 200 people were killed on the basis of their nationality or ethnicity when rebels recaptured Bentiu from the army last month, with the incident attracting international condemnation and warning the country was facing a possible genocide.

The South Sudanese army (SPLA) on Monday pledged to protect civilians in areas it recaptured from rebels over the weekend to avoid a repeat of what transpired the last time the town changed hands.

“[It] is a people’s army and will remain accountable to the people of South Sudan,” Aguer said.

“We have rules and code of conduct that protect civilians during the war. And any violation to that is punishable,” he added.

Both sides have been accused of committing atrocities since political tensions between South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, and former vice-president Riek Machar turned violent, igniting tribal tensions across the country.

However, Aguer told Sudan Tribune that government forces would protect civilians in Bentiu and Nasir “irrespective of their tribal affiliation”.

During the initial phase of the conflict, civilians the capital, Juba, were targeted on the basis that they were from Machar’s Nuer tribe after Kiir accused his former deputy of attempting to stage a coup.

Aguer said the SPLA “acknowledges [that] some mistakes happened in December but the army ordered for investigations”. About 100 members of the security services have reportedly been arrested in connection with the killings.

“The army is ready for investigations, is ready to arrest whoever is seen committing any violation against civilians,” he said. However, Aguer admits that five of the suspects managed to escape during fresh fighting at Gieda military barracks in Juba, which erupted on 5 March.

“We have their (soldiers who fled jail) names and identities. They will be recaptured and brought to books,” he added.

The conflict has split the SPLA and the country’s ruling party (SPLM), with peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to try and negotiate a political settlement to the crisis, which could see a transitional government in place, so far failing to make headway.

Meanwhile, an aid worker in Unity state’s Yida refugee camp told Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity that Sudanese rebel forces from the SPLA-N and JEM dislodged from the Nuba Mountains by a recent offensive launched by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) had begun amassing in the refugee camp and Jau areas.

He said the Sudanese rebels are worn out from the war in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states and are seeking to cross to the Bahr el Gazal region to escape attacks by the Sudanese army.

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  • 6 May 10:28, by omoni jr.

    hahaha
    kiir militias surrendered to UN, and gave their guns UN personels, hahahahhah, bad and good lesson.

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    • 6 May 10:33, by Johndumo14

      DR Riek Machar has been wounded in Nasr fight,he fell into a hole and broke his leg,when he was running towards the Ethipia border now he and his wife arrived to Gambela Ethiopia,and he has been flown to Addiss Abbaba for treatment.

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      • 6 May 10:39, by Wicdail

        Congratulations Gen. Koang Chuol for flushing out these useless Sudanese rebels and their SPLA muggers who have got no moral value, out of Bentiu and Mayom. It has been broadcasts worldwide by the international media such as BBC that, SPLA and its allies have been defeated in Bentiu and suffer loses; while Philip Aguer and Gordon Buay are feeding the unfortunate citizens of RSS who have no access-

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        • 6 May 10:42, by Wicdail

          Coun. Who have access to the media with lies? What a useless individuals servicing in a useless regime?

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      • 6 May 10:54, by Wicdail

        Johndumo14,
        Your evil wishes will never materialise. Dr. Rick will be your leader, whether you like it or not, unless, you wouldn’t be alive by then. But he will be a president of your family if you got any. Mark my words.

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        • 6 May 11:03, by Adodi Jotuwa

          The US State Secretary John Kerry is playing politics and dealing only with the symptoms of South Sudan political conflict, not the real solution. If US Democrats are really democratic, why did they fail to blame Dr. Fool Riek right from the beginning, not to use violence as a means of assuming presidency or leadership which he will never get it since 1991?

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          • 6 May 11:05, by Adodi Jotuwa

            In US, the Democrats know this perfectly well that nobody in the likes of Dr. Fool Riek will even dream of assuming US Presidency due to poor political record and the issue of constant shift of allegiance since 1991. We have so many educated Nuers who can be voted in to lead the nascent country. I mean those who do not rely on prophecy of Ngundeng anymore due to circumstantial differences.

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            • 6 May 11:06, by Adodi Jotuwa

              How can the West in general or John Kerry in particular surface today to blame Dr. Fool for the brutal killings that happened recently in Bentiu regardless of signed cease fire that Dr. Fool was supposed to abide by? John Kerry failed to blame Riek since 1991 when he massacred people in Bor before surrendering to Khartoum and later signed his bogus agreement of KPA-1997 in search of leadership.

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              • 6 May 11:07, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Brutal killings are something normal to Dr. Fool Riek Machar. If there is anything really wrong in this government led by Salva Kiir, Dr. Fool Riek was and/is part of the problem because he was there failing to discuss leadership/service delivery problems with his boss but was solely obsessed with "when would his turn really come to govern South Sudan" that he never fought for.

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                • 6 May 11:09, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  In terms of wealth, Dr. Fool Riek is really rich, not because he previously married a white lady as his son has done it too. He has real money, not the fake ones that he prints and distributes to chiefs for garnering political support to assume presidency of the Republic of South Sudan. I wish somebody in the likes of Riek would surface in USA or European countries and see killings for themselves.

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                  • 6 May 11:10, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    The West in general or John Kerry in particular should put in mind that Dr. Fool has already failed in his political endeavor for the presidency of the Republic of South Sudan whether the long-awaited peace and political stability come today or tomorrow. Dr. Fool is not the choice. As I have said before there are Nuers who did not repeatedly kill people in Bor, Akobo, Malakal and Bentiu.

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                    • 6 May 11:33, by TUR-ANGON

                      Nuer is the only community on Earth that lives on lies, good luck with your victory in bentiu and Nasir

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      • 6 May 11:58, by Ayom Ayom

        This is the world for Survival of the fitter, you either do or die, heavy fighting resumes again over the control of Bentiu

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      • 6 May 19:41, by jubaone

        Johndumo14,
        You worthless half-naked jenge do you have photos of Riak Machar with a broken leg? He is well and alive commanding his forces. Now you see how they beat these JEM/SPLA-N/SPLA scoundrels out of Bentiu and Nasir.

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    • 6 May 11:42, by mathem jech amer

      Omoni jr
      Now you appear after getting soem fresh air in Ethiopia.Now since Nasir has been a rebel planning base for operations in Upper Nile, SPLA through my daily preaching to go to Nasir have made it. No more meeting & planning in Nasir except Ethiopia which is a next target.

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    • 6 May 12:29, by Bentiu son

      Allah Wabar!Allah Wabar!( Almighty God is Great)What fabulous news today? Thousands of my congratulatory message goes to our freedom Fighters or true SPLA in Opposition for recaptured Bentiu,Nasir,Ulang Diu Gai,Dom Payam of Ulang, Mayom,Gerger,Juda and Jalahi from oppressive and devil forces of Dinka Bahr El Ghazal Gelweng militias whom burned down their government institutions,facilities,properti

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      • 6 May 12:39, by Bentiu son

        mercilessly.Recently,they ablazed the town of Ayod,Ulang,Nasir and previously Madina Bor,Gadiang, Malakal,Unity State capital Bentiu plus all its Counties namely:Parieng,Abiemnhom,Mayom,Guit,Rupkona,Tharjiath,Koch, Mirmir,Leer and Payinjiar County as punishment to people of Greater Upper Nile headed by Nuer tribe and their son Dr Machar.I do wonder,whether those Dinka BEG Know the meaning of

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        • 6 May 12:47, by Bentiu son

          being a government with it sovereignty,and national integrity? I doubt indeed buddies,something need to be done to educated the foolish Dinka Bahr el Ghazal the meaning of being a sovereignty government with its political boundary.It is a shock/panicky to see Dinka elites import all jobless from East Africa troops to defend our sovereignty and it constitution instead of our gallantry SPLA soldiers

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  • 6 May 12:27, by Jalaby
    • 6 May 12:37, by Jalaby

      Thanks for south rebels for taking off the load from SAF shoulder and fought the Sudanese rebels mercenaries in Unity!
      We will support the south rebels on their fighting against Sudanese rebels and provide them with weapons, food, fuel, training and all logistic possible support

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      • 6 May 12:41, by Jalaby

        we will use our technology and send unmanned plains to spy on the Sudanese rebels and provide the south rebels with all necessary and important information about the Sudanese rebels locations and gathering points so the south rebel could launch a very effective attack on them and convince them that money cannot be important than their lives!!

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        • 6 May 12:48, by Jalaby

          our news that came from Addis Ababa says Mr. Taban Deng met with Yassir Arman by accident in the elevator at the hotel which both are available for peace talk and Arman laid his hand to Taban for greeting but Taban refused to shake his hand and said to him with full of anger "I’ll shoot you at your head and kill you because you’re killing Nuer"

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          • 6 May 12:55, by Jalaby

            Arman was so scared and refused to sleep that night in the hotel!
            Coward Arman and SPLA-N, what really involved you in this fighting? you’re not southerners, leave these people alone and go home!
            I am very sure if you fall under Peter Gadet hand then he will have no mercy for you at all, you better throw away your gun and go home!

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            • 6 May 13:49, by Bentiu Sudan

              Jalaby,
              I concur with you in many things that the government of South Sudan is corrupted from the top to the toe. The Nuer rebels are fighting 63 tribes of South Sudan plus Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Egypt and we resist them. We recently captured some of them in the Warfield. http://nyamile.com/2014/05/02/breaking-news-south-sudan-rebels-capture-egyptians-and-ugandans-in-ayod-jonglei-sta

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              • 6 May 14:01, by Bentiu Sudan

                Based on the bold steps the Kenyan and Ugandan governments take against rebels, our pipelines will remained where they are at the moment and will never reconstructed through Kenya to Fort Mabassa in Kenya. Sudan will remain our strong ally and our oil will continue flowing to Fort Sudan because many South Sudanese in Sudan are able to find jobs while those in Kenya and Ugandan are not working.

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            • 6 May 13:55, by Majongdit

              SAF and Beshir fighting South Sudan.

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  • 6 May 13:32, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Koang is lying.
    That can indicate the mission by Riek and his group is not realistically to be achieve.
    SPLA is in full control of both cities.

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  • 6 May 16:09, by Kim Deng

    The Nuer underestimated the power of Dinka Kingdom. They (Nuer) thought it would be between the Nuer vs Dinka, but the ugly war becomes Nuer Vs Dinka, 60+ tribes and their allies (Uganda, GEM...). If it’s Nuer vs Dinka, the war would have been over in December 2013.

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  • 6 May 16:10, by Kim Deng

    In 1908-10, the British sought to end the Nuer occupation toward Dinkaland and established control over the area. A new border between the Nuer and Dinka was established at the favor of Dinka at Duk Padiet, fifty miles north of Kongor, and the Ghol, Ric, and Nyarraweng were awarded about four thousand aquare miles of territory they had previously lost during Nuer expansion.

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  • 6 May 16:12, by Kim Deng

    Had the Nuer ever wished to occupy the whole greater Upper Nile, from Renk to Mading Bor and from Ruweng/Biemnom to Buma-Gambella, it seems unlikely that the other coward Jurs (Jaang, Teet, Bar, Chai…) could have stopped them.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27281666

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    • 6 May 19:28, by Majongdit

      Kim Deng,
      No one can beat you in lying, propaganda and bragging...
      The good thing is that the world knows us...
      The Dinka is almost synomous with the nation South Sudan...
      You cannot separate South Sudan and Dinka...
      The Dinka have blocked Islam in the South and prevented it from going to Kenya and Uganda leaving it to come to Kenya thru Coast, Mombasa.
      Arabs-Dinka War (1955-2005)

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      • 7 May 07:27, by Mapuor

        Bravo Majondit.Dinkas are the only people who resisted Arabization in the South.Arabs do not have a border with Nuers but they border Dinkas from Bhar Elgazal,Abyei,Alor,Pariang to Renk in Upper Nile.Arabs raids came from the North to Dinka lands and Nuer raids from the South and were always defeated.Dinkas of Panaru chased Nuer of Laak and Jikeny across river Nile in 1920s.Hhahahahaha

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