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Sudan beefs up military presence on S. Sudan border

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November 18, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) says it has observed a huge military build-up at the border with neighbouring Sudan with which it has been unable to settle a number of post-secession differences.

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A Sudanese Antonov at El Geneina airport. A military aircraft similar to this is suspected of carrying out attacks on South Sudan’s northern border states recently (photo Amnesty-file)

“There has been unusual military activities in the border areas for the past days. Our forces in Sirmalaka have reported [the] movement of dozens of tanks and armoured trucks, artillery and other heavy weaponry around border areas in the past weeks,” Major General Manyok Barac, SPLA’s fifth division commander in Western Bahr el Ghazal, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

Although the general did not specify which group the forces belonged to, he said there was little doubt Sudan was behind the military build-up.

“There is no any other country we are sharing the border with apart from Sudan in the area where these unusual activities have been reported over the past weeks. What we do not know is the intention of these activities,” said Barac.

The comments come barely a week after officials from the border states of Upper Nile and Western Bahr el Ghazal and SPLA spokesperson Colonel Philip Aguer accused Sudan of bombing border areas inside South Sudanese territory.

Thirty-five people were killed and 18 wounded in Korshamam in Raja county.

Seven others were also reportedly injured in separate attacks on Maban county’s Kortumak and Yapta areas.

The incidents occurred in two different regions of Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile, fuelling fears of further violence in the border regions between the two countries.

The South Sudanese government has repeatedly accused Sudan of providing support to various armed opposition groups, including the faction allied to former vice-president Riek Machar.

Sudan says it is not convinced Juba has severed its ties with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-North (SPLM/A-N) and Darfur rebels, both of which are accused by pro-Machar rebels of fighting in support of government-allied forces.

However, it denies providing military support to South Sudanese opposition groups.

Fearing an imminent escalation in hostilities, South Sudanese president Salva Kiir flew to Khartoum earlier this month to assure his Sudanese counterpart of the commitment of his government to respecting the 2012 cooperation agreement it signed with Sudan.

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  • 20 November 2014 06:50, by Lorolokin

    Dr Machar is the one who invited these Jalabas, Omer El Bashir was his husband and this is a known facts to every South Sudanese.

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    • 20 November 2014 07:18, by Mi diit

      Lorolokin,

      Don’t cry yet. You were the first to invite Uganda army to kill our people. Or you expected us not to retaliate. Why did you invite foreign army and Sudanese rebels to kill your own brothers just over internal matters? Now Uganda is bringing more tanks to fight for you. Let us fuck up South Sudan until God know what will happen to you...

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      • 20 November 2014 07:58, by Peter Marko

        Mi Diit
        Since when have we, South Sudanese, feared the master of your godfather, Al-Bashit. Remember, your godfather teamed up with his master before, but the mighty SPLA kicked their asses. Let Al-Bashit brings it on, and he will live to regret it. This is will be the end of his regime, mark my word.

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        • 20 November 2014 10:23, by Gangura

          It is becoz Kirr is training SPLM/N forces in the country of south sudan that, why Bashir is bombing and all those who had lost their live durig the bombing Kirr is answerable to God over that, why do he host SPLM/N soldiers in his country south sudan? I agree let Bashir continue bombing up to Juba so that stupid Kirr will understnad becoz the only langague Dinka can listen to is bullets

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  • 20 November 2014 11:03, by wang

    When that suburb so called Juba would stop accusing Khartoum for absolutely nothing…Khartoum has been distance herself from this silly war were invented by Dinka and their husbands Ugandan….soon then latter Khartoum would lose her temper, because of those too many accusations and many will be collapsing which shall not only be Mrs. Kiir M7 alone….watch out Juba!

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    • 21 November 2014 14:05, by Lango2010

      haaahaaaa wang, gangura, midit and your like: do you think that bashir (khartoum) will do anything to Kiir (Juba) you are enjoying something that will not materialized, even if the rebel give their asshole to to arab it will not moves us we are ready for anything you think is better "war or peace"

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    • 21 November 2014 14:06, by Lango2010

      haaahaaaa wang, gangura, midit and your like: do you think that bashir (khartoum) will do anything to Kiir (Juba) you are enjoying something that will not materialized, even if the rebel give their asshole to to arab it will not moves us we are ready for anything you think is better "war or peace"

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  • 20 November 2014 15:51, by Padiet Deng Alony

    the khartoum arab snoop dogs alway sell out their country South Sudan while wandering like orphan. that is way when they attack Renk and bentiu the carry with them sudan flag. shame to you the fake arab beggers. your home is your whether good or bad and is only South Sudanese who will solve their internal prolems not arab or white.

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  • 20 November 2014 16:56, by Kenyang

    Riek rebels again want war btwn NiF and SPLA but their masters in Khartoum know more than them. Victorious SPLA defeated SAF before and liberated South Sudan with exception of few towns when CPA was initiated; Traitor Riek was then still in Khartoum. Talking of history repeating itself, Nothing would stop indep. South Sudan and Gallant SPLA to defeat NiF and power thirst Riek once more.

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  • 20 November 2014 17:20, by Kenyang

    NiF is much well off with peace with current regime in Juba. A total war with South Sudan (SPLA)would surprise Khartoum very much same way stupid Riek supporters are. Still, surprises await them in Juba and across South Sudan when Prime minister Riek who would be more powerful next to God arrived.

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  • 20 November 2014 19:07, by Kim Deng

    Let Jaang bring in their allies (Uganda, JEM, SPLA-N,...), Nuer with their allies and burn down this Jugle (South Sudan) to ashes.

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    • 21 November 2014 13:58, by Lango2010

      your evil wishes will never succeed, you seem to be looking for anything that will destroy Jaang as you say but i don’t think it will happen. don’t talk of nuer please, but talk of rebel of riek and their allies.

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    • 21 November 2014 13:59, by Lango2010

      your evil wishes will never succeed, you seem to be looking for anything that will destroy Jaang as you say but i don’t think it will happen. don’t talk of nuer please, but talk of rebel of riek and their allies.

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  • 21 November 2014 23:01, by Northern Sudanese

    i don’t care if the army places 200,000 men near the border as long as no soldiers step a single leg into south sudans territory.

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