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Rebels abandon Nasir town after heavy fighting: UN

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July 24, 2014 (NEW YORK) – Heavy fighters occurred Thursday between South Sudan army (SPLA) and the opposition forces, with the latter abandoning the strategic Upper Nile town of Nasir, the United Nations said.

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South Sudanese rebels pictured in Jonglei state on 31 January 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

The clashes reportedly took place in the western part of Nasir town.

“There are no reports of injuries sustained by UNMISS personnel nor internally displaced persons inside the mission’s county operating base in Nasir town,” Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesperson for the UN secretary-general, told reporters in New York.

South Sudanese opposition forces launched ground attack on pro-government positions in the strategic town on 20 July, contravening the ceasefire agreement.

The United States earlier condemned the attack, calling on both parties to immediately end all such attacks and fully adhere to their May 9 and June 10 commitments to cease hostilities and begin the disengagement of forces to be monitored and verified by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Monitoring and Verification Mechanism.

“The people of Nasir, as with civilians all across South Sudan, have suffered from frequent and horrific acts of violence and human rights abuses since fighting broke out in mid-December, causing widespread displacement and a worsening humanitarian crisis as civilians fear returning to their homes,” the US said in a 21 July statement.

“With famine conditions looming in some conflict-affected areas of South Sudan as early as August 2014, it is increasingly urgent that both parties immediately recommit themselves to inclusive, political negotiations,” it added.

Both UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and the African Union commission chief, Dlamini Zuma, condemned the rebel attacks, describing it as a violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement.

The two warring parties, mediators announced on Thursday, will resume negotiations aimed at ending the seven-month old conflict in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 30 July.

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  • 25 July 10:07, by Mi diit

    uganda war planes bombed Nasir for two days forcing rebels to withdraw to bushes tactically. they are coming back soon. Kiirr’s master museven

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    • 25 July 10:18, by Chol A.

      There are no bushes in Nasir Midiit just accept defeat otherwise UN report is bias because what I know you are crash last week and force out of Nasir town.

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    • 25 July 10:24, by Chol A.

      There are no bushes to hide in Nasir are Midiit accept defeat otherwise you report is bias. What we know your crash last week and SPLA force you out of Nasir town. How come you said to be tactical withdrawal? You don’t accept the fact but you will surrender soon.

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    • 25 July 10:42, by Awei-ngok

      Mi diit,let me frankly tell you that by mid Sept.,2014,all Nuers shall have been wiped out by mighty Dinka warriors.This is our primary plan and we are working day and night towards achieving that.This time,it is our White Army that will take over and annihilate the Nuers that are left.The whole 1.3 million strong Nuers have been fighting since Dec.15th 2013 but no fruition to their objectives.

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      • 25 July 14:45, by Realist

        Brother, you got it wrong all together. It is not only Dinka fighting the rebellion, it is the government of S. Sudan including Nuer who is fighting Riek Machar. Riek Machar’s army is made up only from Nuer. The government army is made up from tribes of S. Sudan. So, please stop your hatred. If you hate Nuer, the government will deal with you also.

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      • 25 July 19:39, by michael coma

        Awei Agok
        The war is not between Dinka and Nuer.This war is between govt and rebels.Tribalism is not the solution for our problems.

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    • 25 July 10:56, by Mayom County Boy

      To: Madiit where were your warplane ?
      instead of claiming for nothing
      it is really nonsense allegation report to you !

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    • 25 July 15:57, by hamil

      @ Mi Diit,

      I am an Equatorian I have a feeling that if Riek becomes a president and you happen to be the Chief of Staff of the Army. The first thing you will do is to eliminate all the Dinkas. Your hatred and tribalism is immense I 100% believe that Riek will become a monster that this country will remember for ages. He is simply trying to buy his way by pretending to be the saviour.

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    • 25 July 22:02, by Gabriel Ajak

      The GUY SO CALL MIDIIT is like Riek children he is not within he is off the country.

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    • 26 July 05:20, by deng

      Midiit,

      Yea Uganda war plane when defeated!!! LOL.

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    • 26 July 21:51, by Adodi Jotuwa

      I told u folk that Dr Hopeless Riek is not looking at himself in a mirror to be a leader or President of South Sudan without track record. Even Khartoum who is claiming dat he can play a leading role in supporting Dr Hopeless Riek is now beginning to realize that they’re wasting their time. Instead Khartoum is experiencing influx of Nuer refugees on daily basis. Krtm wants to keep RSS destabilize

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      • 26 July 21:58, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Dr Hopeless Riek believes dat rallying his tribe or illiterate white army can enthrone him without studying the laws of probability because of his nasty track record. It is only Mi Diit and his associates who r still dreaming of imaginary military victory for Dr Hopeless to become the next President of RSS. Truly, Dr Hopeless has no idea where SPLM/A has come from and is heading.

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        • 26 July 22:14, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Truly, Dr Hopeless Riek n his associates joining him for positions, rather than being nationalists, are naive about SPLM/A objectives bcos all of them were/are interested in air-conditioned rooms in Khartoum, US or Europe, pushy and luxurious life of the Western world. They don’t read the history of those countries why they are politically, economically and culturally powerful. Nobody used violenc

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          • 26 July 22:25, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Whether in US, Europe or Asia, those who tried to use violence to lead a country failed miserably. Now to be a leader, look first at your record n at yourself in a mirror before u begin to campaign in elections or use violence by involving your specific tribe that is no longer de factor of achieving top leadership position in a country. Why Dr Hopeless is always useless? He should reinvent himself

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          • 26 July 22:25, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Whether in US, Europe or Asia, those who tried to use violence to lead a country failed miserably. Now to be a leader, look first at your record n at yourself in a mirror before u begin to campaign in elections or use violence by involving your specific tribe that is no longer de factor of achieving top leadership position in a country. Why Dr Hopeless is always useless? He should reinvent himself

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            • 26 July 22:37, by Adodi Jotuwa

              I am saying again n again dat let us go to Addis to have some fun, to watch those who pompously practice patronizing smile and look presidential. SPLA will never sit hand folded while forces of Dr Hopeless keep attacking our positions wherever we r. We will fight until Dr Hopeless gives up military and political fight forever and return to his senses. Mark my words.

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              • 26 July 22:46, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Dr Hopeless wants to prove dat he got long dick. It is good dat he doesn’t know where SPLM/A has come from n heading. If all of us were to surrender to Khartoum as he did in1991, where would Dr Hopeless still try to use violence for leading South Sudan? Is it Nasir Faction of 1991 dat is crashed in Khartoum in 1997 or the mighty SPLA dat prepared de competitive playing field/RSS in 2011?

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              • 26 July 22:47, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Dr Hopeless wants to prove dat he got long dick. It is good dat he doesn’t know where SPLM/A has come from n heading. If all of us were to surrender to Khartoum as he did in1991, where would Dr Hopeless still try to use violence for leading South Sudan? Is it Nasir Faction of 1991 dat is crashed in Khartoum in 1997 or the mighty SPLA dat prepared de competitive playing field/RSS in 2011?

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                • 26 July 23:03, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  I am extremely sorry to hear how foreign/local media outlets portray Dr Hopeless Riek as the leader of SPLM-IN-OPPOSITION. When did Dr Hopeless really know about SPLM/A? Bcoz he was forgiven in 2002 in Nairobi, Kenya and appointed Vice President of RSS in 2005? De word "opposition" is better used to represent a person who knows where SPLM/A has come from and is heading, not a political survivor.

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                • 26 July 23:04, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  I am extremely sorry to hear how foreign/local media outlets portray Dr Hopeless Riek as the leader of SPLM-IN-OPPOSITION. When did Dr Hopeless really know about SPLM/A? Bcoz he was forgiven in 2002 in Nairobi, Kenya and appointed Vice President of RSS in 2005? De word "opposition" is better used to represent a person who knows where SPLM/A has come from and is heading, not a political gambler.

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                • 26 July 23:05, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  I am extremely sorry to hear how foreign/local media outlets portray Dr Hopeless Riek as the leader of SPLM-IN-OPPOSITION. When did Dr Hopeless really know about SPLM/A? Bcoz he was forgiven in 2002 in Nairobi, Kenya and appointed Vice President of RSS in 2005? De word "opposition" is better used to represent a person who knows where SPLM/A has come from and is heading, not a political gambler.

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  • 25 July 10:29, by Awei-ngok

    Dear Nuer community and your White Army...be informed that your children are finishing on daily basis with no good reason or cause to die for.1,300 White Army youths killed on Sunday 20th July in Nasir is bad with most of them aged 13-14 years old meanwhile Riek,Taban,and the rest are enjoying in Ethiopia’s luxuries hotels,and your children dying in the battle fields.Why?Riek is a curse for Nuers.

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    • 25 July 10:36, by Awei-ngok

      @Chol A,Mi diit will never accept any defeat until he hears their Nuer fellows are finished in Greater Upper Nile.No Ugandan war planes bombed Nasir but South Sudanese SPLA Soldiers that expelled the rebels by themselves.Mi diit should know now onwards that our influence is stronger than ever.We closed the splminopposition.org website last week.Good diplomacy from our Juba government.Riek is dead.

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      • 25 July 10:56, by Malakal county Simon

        Don’t worries about how many Nuers are dying as long as Kiir still a president of South Sudan, more killings will continues untill illegal visionless president is ousted for good..... Keep in mind that Kiir has spoiled his ligitamacy of being a president by turning his gun to very people’s whom him to power.... So stop wasting your for making fake appeal to White-Army, and Nuer community in gen..

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        • 25 July 11:06, by Malakal county Simon

          Back to article;

          Nasir still in Freedom Fighters hand,after Uganda fighter jet failed to hit the target, due to high grass in the surrounding areas around the town..... Another good news is that the Uganda president has just learnt that this war is not winnable short term war, so the president decided to withdraw his forces UPDF by the early august next month.... Stay tune for more good news!!

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        • 25 July 11:13, by Chol A.

          Only few Nuer are realising that Riek’s killing them indirectly and side with government. But food lover like Midiit, wang, Malakal nyagat and others are stupidly support naive ideas of dr hopeless. But even if Kiir leave the chair now the worse leader than him will again come in Nuer will still rebel! You really a confusing tribes Africa have I want this war to continue to see defeat side.

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  • 25 July 12:00, by Akuma

    Nassir town has become a bloody field ground since Riek & Lam Akol rebel against SPLM in 1991. Now, it is Riek who rebel again in 2013 without thinking of what to do to South Sudanese people.

    Riek always claims as a freedom fighter because he kill his own people on dialy basis. His ambition to be president of South Sudan will not come true until he stop killing innocent people

    Dr. Akuma
    Chicago

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    • 25 July 16:48, by Bentiu Sudan

      Dr. foolish Akuma,

      It is not Riek who is killing Nuer, but it is your husband Kiir who started massacred Nuer in Juba. You need shut up dump ass. What kind of Doctor are you. Foolish being.

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      • 25 July 18:23, by Kenyang

        Folks,
        Power hungry Riek Machar and other opportunists can’t win this or next war simply they have dirty history and lack popular support. What happen last December in Juba is unexceptable and those responsible must answer. But this war is meaningless and has nothing to do with justice of those killed but Riek is on it again milking disappointment of people against SPLM.

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  • 25 July 21:05, by Kerem

    Nuer Lou are stupid in mind. How dare they allow Riek to abandon his home town in Leer and goes to confuse them to fight a senseless war that has killed most of them?

    In leer, they are enjoying and no one is dying there while in Nasir, malakal and Jonglei, people die like animals

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  • 25 July 21:56, by Gabriel Ajak

    The bad thing is, when u are cause u totally become blind in heart our brothers Nuer are not in a position of seeing what is wrong, they are finishing children for nothing where is Riek children are they now with u in a front line?

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