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Rebels accused of attacking SPLA positions in Unity, Upper Nile states

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July 11, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) said on Friday that opposition troops had launched attacks on Wangkei and Guit in Unity state, with a separate “shelling” targeting Upper Nile state’s Nassir, officials said.

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South Sudanese rebel troops loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar stand on guard in Unity state capital Bentiu on 12 January 2014 after recapturing the strategic town from government troops (Photo: Reuters)

In a phone interview with Sudan Tribune on Friday, SPLA spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer claimed the raids had been carried out by rebel forces that had crossed from Sudan.

He said government troops had repulsed the attacks, adding he had no information on the number of casualties from both sides.

“The SPLA is committed to the [January] ceasefire. We will never move out of our bases but we will fight in self defence,” said Aguer.

“The SPLA will continue to monitor them and we will teach them lessons [if] they (rebel forces) continue to attack us,” he added.

However, rebels have countered with their own allegations, claiming government troops launched attacks their positions.

Both sides have continued to accuse each other of violating the terms of a ceasefire agreement signed in January, which president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar recommitted to in May.

Government troops and pro-Machar rebels have been engaged in an armed struggle since mid-December last year after a political split in the ruling SPLM turned violent.

Peace talks being mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) were adjourned indefinitely last month amid disagreement over the selection process for other stakeholders wishing to participate.

Rebels delegates subsequently refused to take part in talks, citing the lack of inclusiveness.

SPLA ACCUSED

In an interview by satellite phone from Kampala, rebel spokesman Peter Riak Gew told Sudan Tribune that government troops launched coordinated attacks on rebel positions in Wangkei and Kabelek payams (districts) of Guit county before being driven back to Unity state capital Bentiu.

He claimed rebels killed 30 government soldiers, with five rebel fighters also killed.

A number of AK-47 machine guns and other ammunitions were also seized from government troops, said Gew.

He maintained the rebel faction was observing the peace process, accusing the
government of committing serious violations.

“Our forces were responding in self-defence from government troops who
were aggressively [attacking] our position,” he said.

“We are clarifying our position to IGAD members of peace mediators and [the] international community that our leadership is committed in Ethiopia for peaceful negotiations,” said Gew.

He warned that rebels would launch a military offensive to recapture the recapture the oil hub town of Bentiu should government troops “continue barbaric attacks on our positions”.

Meanwhile, a number of displaced residents who have sought refuge at the UN base in Bentiu claimed fighting between the warring parties had resumed in the capital and areas around Mayom county.

Unity state was the scene of heavy fighting between rebels and government forces earlier this year, changing hands several times at the height of the conflict.

The ongoing violence has killed thousands and displaced more than 1.3 million people across the country.

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled to neighbouring countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya since fighting erupted last year.

The European Union announced this week it was imposing sanctions on two top military generals accused of fuelling the cycle of violence.

Maj. Gen Santino Deng Wol, who commands the SPLA’s third infantry division, and rebel militia leader Maj. Gen Peter Gatdet Yaka been banned from travelling to EU member countries and their assets will be frozen.

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  • 12 July 10:09, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The new army rebels trained by Khartoum has ambitions of capturing SPLA base in the whole greater Upper Nile.
    But SPLA is teaching them with tap lesson with language of AK-47 and machine gun of 12.7 and automatic arteries will be apply at the rebels if they don’t respect the cessation of hostility signed early this year.

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    • 12 July 11:13, by Adodi Jotuwa

      Dr. Fool Riek Machar failed not only in his Khartoum Peace Agreement in 1997-KPA to define what kind of Federalism be adopted in Sudan if Bashir appoints him President of South Sudan. I don’t get it why does Dr. Fool Riek Machar believe that it’s easier to flex his 3-minutes miscalculated muscles against his fellow Junubins in South Sudan than the NCP Islamic-led Government in the North?

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      • 12 July 11:13, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Khartoum is now struggling again as usual to train some misguided Nuers to come and fight SPLA/M-led government forces while Dr. Fool Riek Machar is enjoying in his air-conditioned Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It’s good to see that Riek is also struggling to form his government in Hotels in Addis Ababa. He picks up whoever is seen capable of being his true follower regardless of his/her profile

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        • 12 July 11:15, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Dr. Fool Riek Machar was simply forgiven in 2002 in Nairobi, Kenya by Dr. John Garang de Mabior although history did not do so. Similarly, President Salva Kiir is ready to "pardon" him as he mentioned in his July 9th, 2014 speech. Switching allegiance as a “new political prostitution” to Dr. Fool and his cohorts has become a lifetime mode of political survival in an effort to lead RSS but not Suda

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          • 12 July 11:15, by Adodi Jotuwa

            If SPLM/A was not really democratic, why did Dr. Fool Riek Machar rebel, abandon and later return to the very movement that liberated him from the very Khartoum Islamic Government that he signed his KPA-1997 (Khartoum Peace Agreement) with? What does Dr. Fool Riek Machar have better in common with Khartoum since 1991 than Juba which he served as VP? Food/inferiority complex?

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            • 12 July 11:16, by Adodi Jotuwa

              How can Dr. Fool Riek claim that Nuer can get rid of Dinka in one day but not Jahyleen from Shendi/Northern Sudan? If he fails to define federalism in Khartoum, he returns back to his Southern brothers as he did before without harming Khartoum. But if the time kicks in his fucking brain to return to Khartoum as usual, he kills Junubins with impunity and claims that the SPLM Party is undemocratic.

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              • 12 July 11:17, by Adodi Jotuwa

                If Riek fails to observe the recently signed cease fire aimed to end his senseless war, then the war will certainly end him. Read a book titled “The Hound of the Baskervilles” authored by Sir Arthur Conan Doyles. For how long will Khartoum continue to provide logistical support to Dr. Fool Riek and his cohorts? What will happen to Riek since he “always fails” in his political endeavor in Khtm/RSS?

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                • 12 July 11:18, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  Read quote “But why would sanctions be imposed on me; for running away and not allowing myself to be killed? Will that be the reason for me to be sanctioned?” he [Riek] challenged [US & EU sanctions]. Unquote. He killed in 1991 and ran away to Khartoum, only to return to be forgiven in 2002 in Nairobi and again he ordered Gadet & Koang to kill more again and later flee to Khartoum as usual.

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                  • 12 July 11:19, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    I never agree with Dr. Fool’s claim that the 4th Anniversary of South Sudan Independence will be celebrated after the formation of a federal government which he cannot define what type of federalism, NOT "varied public perception" as elaborated by historian Prof. Johnson during his lecture in the University of Juba. Johnson avoided mentioning "what type" but mainly focused on public perception.

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                    • 12 July 11:25, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      IGAD,AU,international community must put in their mind that no any interim government can be formed within 60 days, given the remaining steps required to be taken and the ongoing violations by the rebels of Dr. Fool Riek Machar who believe in their magical military victory. Besides remaining steps, Dr. Fool must be able define what type of federalism suitable to RSS before gauging public reaction

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                      • 12 July 11:36, by Adodi Jotuwa

                        It’s not just a matter of throwing something to the public in anticipation of positive reaction to achieve personal interest that contradicts South Sudanese interest. Can you imagine how illiterate citizens start fighting over something they don’t know why it’s thrown to them without analyzing the impact? Citizens cannot see the difference between Riek’s demand and of 1947 Juba Conference?

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                        • 12 July 11:47, by Adodi Jotuwa

                          The issue of border demarcation, political stability and infrastructural development in South Sudan is of paramount importance, not federation song sung by Dr. Fool Riek Machar to ring in the ears of illiterate citizens like his "White Army". Utilization of resources, no matter where they are located, must be directed for equal development in the ten/more States before we consider federalism.

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                          • 12 July 11:48, by Adodi Jotuwa

                            The main issue now is credible cessation of hostilities (CoH). If violation of the signed cease fire is the order of the day, then all of us will go for it because it seems like it’s one of the best options for achieving personal political endeavor regardless of continued humanitarian cost. Dr. Fool can continue appointing his cohorts but attacking SPLA forces and response are totally different th

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    • 12 July 13:23, by Rami Tot

      All of you Dinka comments on this website are fools you never know what you are writing at all you think you will find your optimum government you are wishing to attain like the recent celebration of independent of juba before few days ago aha you are kidding yourselves food lovers

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    • 12 July 13:29, by Rami Tot

      The optimum government is the government that does not involve other ethnic groups of south sudan is what you have seen last 9 July’s independent celebration which wasn’t celebrate by many tribes including juba Equatoria people
      You are kidding yourself fool food lovers dinka you are now facing tough isolation as you can all of you see.

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    • 12 July 13:30, by Rami Tot

      The optimum government is the government that does not involve other ethnic groups of south sudan is what you have seen last 9 July’s independent celebration which wasn’t celebrate by many tribes including juba Equatoria people
      You are kidding yourself fool food lovers dinka you are now facing tough isolation as you can all of you see.

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  • 12 July 11:40, by Mel mosa

    I think Sudantribune is rebel website. They don’t edited their articles to delete lies. Santino Deng Wol his division in Northern Bahr El gazal state. He has no relation with what happen in Juba. This rebellion nowhere to go guys just come back home.

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  • 12 July 13:55, by Thondet Manyang

    Riek never achieve anything in South Sudan since 1991. We thought he will change South to prosperous country using his educational capacity but now in vain. Look he was vice for number of years, what development did he initiate? Only he is trying to topple Kiir. When he was defeated by his office of vice he went and blindfold the public (Nuer) that is prophesied Leader by Ngudeng prophet. Damn!!

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  • 12 July 13:58, by Thondet Manyang

    Riek never achieve anything in South Sudan since 1991. We thought he will change South to prosperous country using his educational capacity but now in vain. Look he was vice for number of years, what development did he initiate? Only he is trying to topple Kiir. When he was defeated by his office of vice he went and blindfold the public (Nuer) that is prophesied Leader by Ngudeng prophet. Damn!!

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  • 12 July 14:02, by Thondet Manyang

    Do we (South Sudanese)need more war? Please!! please!! and please!! stop attacks but come to table negotiate in good faith. War is not solution for these crisis. Are you not satisfied with number of people you killed and displaced. This is right time for you to talk of peace not war. Stop it!!

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