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October 11, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The armed opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-in-Opposition) under the leadership of former vice-president, Riek Machar, have claimed to have killed in action Ugandan soldiers taking part in the renewed clashes against their forces in Upper Nile state.

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An unidentified man sits in the gun turret while leading a convoy of armoured vehicles from both the South Sudanese government forces and the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) in the streets of Jonglei capital Bor on 19 January 2014 (Photo: AP/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

In a press release issued on Saturday seen by Sudan Tribune, SPLM-in-Opposition military spokesman, Brig Lul Ruai Koang said two Ugandan tank drivers, male and female, were killed and that their pictures and identities will soon be released to the public.

He said the personnel belonging to the foreign army took part in the attempt by the government to gain more territories from the rebels on Friday.

Koang further said the rebels also captured a lot of war equipment from the retreating government troops in the battle to control Doleib Hill, a strategic location just south of Upper Nile state’s capital, Malakal.

“To be included in the next press statement are pictures of some of the latest versions of AKM-47 assault rifles captured in the battles, IDs of Ugandan Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), 1 female and 1 male Tank Drivers killed in action,” Koang said.

“Once released, they would provide undeniable proofs that Uganda had heavily deployed forces in all the ten states of the Republic of South Sudan and that it’s not only confined to the protection of vital installations in Juba, Bor and Gadiang as previously reported or thought,” he further explained.

The rebels spokesperson further broke down the losses inflicted on the government troops and captured equipment which include: an estimated 400-500 loyal troops were killed in action; three (3) T-72 battle tanks and 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier captured in good conditions were later destroyed after the barge that was supposed to ferry them across southern bank of Sobat River could not handle their sheer weight.

He further enumerated that one (1) 120MM captured in good condition; five (5) 82MM captured in good condition; thirty(30) PRGs captured in good condition; fifty (50) PKM light machine guns captured in good condition; three hundred (300) AKM-47 captured in good condition; fight (8) 12.7 captured in good condition; one store full of shells of different weaponry and food items was captured; and one store full of ammunitions for different weaponry was destroyed.

UGANDA DEPLOYS AIR FORCE TO UPPER NILE

Rebels also said Uganda army on Saturday deployed jet fighters, helicopter gunships to carry out bombardments against their positions as well as airlifted additional troops to Malakal, the state capital, to assist in fighting off the opposition forces.

“By yesterday evening, the government in Juba sent in more personnel and equipment to Malakal town including Attacker Helicopters, Gunships and Jet Fighters from UPDF’s Air Force. These war planes are expected to carry out air strikes on unidentified and unspecified SPLA targets in Greater Upper Nile Region.” Koang said.

He said the SPLA-in-Opposition had taken control of the areas they contested on Friday and that mopping up operations were done in the captured government’s barracks.

“SPLA forces remain in full control of aforesaid military barracks and have completed searches & mopping up operations, done with consolidation and beefing up of defensive lines,” he added.

He however said president Salva Kiir’s forces seemed not to have been convinced by the rebels victory and might make more attempts to recapture the areas.

On Friday government’s military spokesman Col Philip Aguer confirmed that fighting was still taking place in Doleib Hill near the oil-rich state capital, Malakal.

Local officials in the town also confirmed they could hear sounds of artillery fires outside the capital.

Upper Nile region, which is the richest and most troubled region in South Sudan has been the center of the latest nine-month long conflict pitting president Kiir’s loyalists, predominantly of Dinka ethnic group and their allies against his former deputy Riek Machar’s Nuer ethnic group.

The violence erupted in mid-December when political debates within the ruling party (SPLM) turned violent.

Machar accused his former boss of instigating violence when he ordered for disarmament of Nuer soldiers in the presidential guards, sparking off clashes among the guards.

Meanwhile, Kiir said he was trying to foil a failed coup attempt by Machar’s group, a narrative which has been dismissed by Machar as well as regional and the international community at large.

Tens of thousands of people have died and over 1.5 million displaced since the crisis began.

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  • 12 October 2014 08:15, by Joseph Canada

    Hmmm….. Thats why Kiseveni want the African leaders to stop Supporting ICC that way he can run the criminal activities in South Sudan, Congo and Rwanda. The message to Ugandan Soldiers!!!. You are dying in the war thats not yours and have nothing to do with Uganda. YOur Orphans home will be suffering. You will not come back Alive in that land!!!

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    • 12 October 2014 08:37, by Johndumo14

      After all this killing and capturing all these guns as you claim- 120MM captured in good condition; five (5) 82MM captured in good condition; thirty(30) PRGs captured in good condition; fifty (50) PKM light machine guns captured in good condition; three hundred (300) AKM-47 captured in good condition; And what will you get after all these??
      Your Leder only fights for the position of prime minister

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      • 12 October 2014 08:42, by Mi diit

        Johndumo14,

        stop your primitive lies. Dr. Machar never asked for position of prime minister. He wants democracy and federalism. Now your uncles has shamelessly accepted federalism. Soon you will see what will happen as a result of this war you caused. Just be patient and wait for the last bullet. It is not over yet...

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      • 12 October 2014 08:50, by maumau

        Dr. Riek Machar did not want war, war was taken and forced on him. When Salva Kiir fired him in July 2013, he called upon the nation to be calm, no violence-this is what he said. Him and other members wanted reform in the party, but Salva Kiir took it differently, concockted the coup and killed thousands of innocent civilians in Juba for five days-15-20/12/2013. Who should we blame here?

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        • 12 October 2014 09:13, by Johndumo14

          Most of those generals from Nuer tribe who defected to rebels side have no education back ground and most of them wer fighting along side khartoum army in the 20 years civil war with south. The are prasing tribelism not natonalism.
          Most of Nuer rebels generals will be welcomed back to Join the army ,but,but they will not have much of the powers like before,simply this a common sense ,no trust!!

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          • 12 October 2014 09:32, by Mi diit

            I have never seen a so-called national army (SPLA) depending on foreign army like Uganda’s UPDF to fight for them and still boast that they are men when it is their hired husbands fighting for them. Withdraw Ugandan forces if you are real men and see if you will not surrender or run with your tails between your legs. Shame on you Malong who reports to UPDF chief of staff. What a shame!

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            • 12 October 2014 12:55, by Hardlinner

              Mi diit, remember 1991 war, spla defeated riek and bashir together. anyway I won’t blame for believing in these ridiculous lies concocted by primitive rebel spokeperson. In fact his message was meant to lore foolish nuer youths like you to join their food rebellion. The imaginary ugandans soldiers that food rebels claimed to have killed are nothing more than babies lies.

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              • 13 October 2014 06:18, by choldit

                Hardlinner, ur name speaks louder! Ugandan soldiers are ones fighting for our Dinka govt in the frontline but the Dinka tribal militias are killing innocent south Sudanese in the towns under mrs Salva Museveni rule. Who doesn’t knw, mr Hardlinner? Yes midit, it is shame to hired foreign army to fight one tribe (Nuer) while we have other 62 tribes on our side. Dinka should be ashamed!

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          • 12 October 2014 16:26, by Nyesi Ta

            The SPLM is nt fighting for the position of prime minister. The position of prime minister is a mechanism put in place by the mediators to peacefully address the crisis. If the SPLM is to take the position of the pm, then it must come with all its executive powers otherwise what is the point of creating the pm position. Remember SPLM is not ODM of Raila Odinga, we have an army to fight to the end

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      • 12 October 2014 09:13, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Store
        full of amnitions & food items was captured... This justifies
        rebels attack SPLA position. Remeber Nuer are dying only to bring back
        Riek to be Deputy VP or PM. Fro Juba 2 Bor 2 bush. Fro Bentiu 2 bush.
        Fro Malakal 2 bush. Fro Nasir 2 Gambela. What r u doing? "Saying is
        easier than done."

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      • 12 October 2014 12:43, by Hardlinner

        A too fictitous lies to be even believe by two year old child let alone grown up person. It is just another propagada ploy by the rebels to motivate more innocern nuer civilians into joining their baseless war. The figures are too absurd and ridiculous. Even north-south war didn’t yield such imaginery figures.Anyway we are just dealing with childish spokesman.

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      • 12 October 2014 16:22, by Nyesi Ta

        The SPLM is nt fighting for the position of prime minister. The position of prime minister is a mechanism put in place by the mediators to peacefully address the crisis. If the SPLM is to take the position of the pm, then it must come with all its executive powers otherwise what is the point of creating the pm position. Remember SPLM is not ODM of Raila Odinga, we have an army to fight to the end.

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      • 12 October 2014 16:27, by Nyesi Ta

        The SPLM is nt fighting for the position of prime minister. The position of prime minister is a mechanism put in place by the mediators to peacefully address the crisis. If the SPLM is to take the position of the pm, then it must come with all its executive powers otherwise what is the point of creating the pm position. Remember SPLM is not ODM of Raila Odinga, we have an army to fight to the end

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      • 12 October 2014 20:51, by Johndumo14

        A-secret talk between VP, Igga and Rebel Leader Dr Riek Machar.
        1-VP Igga: DR Riek ,I hear Kiir offer you a new Job,and what is that,becausse don`t you take my fob?
        2-Dr Riek:I got the position of prime minister,and Iam happy about it!!
        1-VP IGGA:I want also to be a prime minister,how will I get that position??
        2-DR Riek:In order to get this position,is not eassy,you must have White army?

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        • 12 October 2014 20:59, by Johndumo14

          B-Dr Riek:My friend IGGA,If yo want to get the position of Prime minister,you must kill the dinka,in thousands I did in 1991 and I did Again in 2013,I used the White arny,to kill and rape even the old and the sick.that is the only way the dinka will respect you.
          2_VP IGGA: What must I do now??
          1_Dr Riek:You have to run away from Juba and hide in your village,and start killing dinka civilians.

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          • 12 October 2014 21:10, by Johndumo14

            B-VP IGGA: I don`t have White army.
            1-Dr Riek: What do you have in your equatoria counties?
            b-VPIGGA: We have Black army.
            1- Dr Riek:What is Black army?
            B-VP IGGA: Black army is Black magic ,the bows and the arrows. and please can I borrow your White army?
            1_Dr Riek: No way,you must not run to ethioia its my base ,is better you run to Chad or central africa Rep. or Dr congo

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    • 12 October 2014 08:39, by Mi diit

      Museveni has turned Uganda army into mercenary force. He is paid millions of dollars by Nyankiir and put them in his private bank account while hundreds of Ugandan orphans and widows are dying of hunger. It is a shame to sell your army Museveni just to kill Nuer. What if Dr. Machar comes to power tomorrow, I bet you will also lose power as well. Think twice...

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    • 12 October 2014 08:42, by Snipper

      Hahahaha Nuer propagandists never stop appeasing themselves with lies!

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    • 12 October 2014 09:21, by Johndumo14

      If really these Nuer generals joined rebels simply because ,of Nuer being killed in Juba.60% of S.Sudan army are from Nuer,top military officers are from Nuer ,chief of staff from Nuer,if they are not tribelism ,they are suppose to form a committee being part of the government to investigate who involed in killing the Nuer civilians in Juba? Not onlAnd who commaded that army section at that time??

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    • 12 October 2014 11:05, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Koang, is lying Jet fighters, helicopter gunships are not belonging to Ugandan force, they are belong to SPLA, if he experienced them in frontline.

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  • 12 October 2014 08:36, by Naath Raani

    Criminal Orphan Kiir will learn from his mistake. Still to come and wait for you death reptles eater. South Sudanese are sick of you ugly cow boy! You killing our people but you will follow. Where are Kiir loyalist? Why Uganda are dying while you are hidding? Uganda is going back soon. We need you in front line coward Dinkas.

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  • 12 October 2014 09:32, by Johndumo14

    Even if peace comes back to S.sudan,the rebels will come back to south sudan ,Dr Riek machar and his wife will come back to Juba,will he get respect like before,no may be only from his tribe the Nuer,what about Rebeka Nyabdeng and Grang Mabior will garang widow get respect like before no !!
    What about Pagan Amum ,the guys who played the wrong cards,because of their actions many lost lives,will he!

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  • 12 October 2014 10:59, by Kiir

    We are all know that Kiir test HIV positive. the secret was disclose privately by Gordon Buay. But Kiir himself did not deny or commend. Peace cannot be achieve if he knew that is days is numbered by that not curable disease. AU will take action soon against him.

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  • 12 October 2014 17:38, by Mabior Dhongbang

    Nuer are the only tribe well know for lies,and propoggada,and food lovers eg daboni ca molabati ka thuker megeki,fool metheer megualong.

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    • 13 October 2014 08:21, by Frak Cho

      Why brag around when rebels destroyed assets. If you want to be come a government for the South Sudan why you destroyed captured assets like army tanks and armored vehicle. Soon South Sudan rebels will be like Lord Resistant rebels of Uganda - Some few steps remaining for arrest warrant for Dr. Riek Machar

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