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South Sudan rebels deny receiving support from Sudan

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SPLA-IO chief of general staff, First Lieutenant General Simon Gatwech Dual (C), with members of JMCC from SPLA-IO, Juba, 28 May 2016 (ST Photo)
June 15, 2017 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese leading rebel commander Lt. Gen. Agany Abdel Bagi Ayii Akol, Thursday denied reports that they were receiving military or logistical support from the neighbouring Sudan.

"That is not true. We do not get any support from the government of Sudan or any other government or country in the region. We get our supplies from the government of South Sudan and the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army (SPLA) forces whenever we capture an area and whenever there are soldiers who decide to leave the government of President Salva Kiir and join the struggle,” said Lt. Gen. Agany when asked where they get their support and training from.

The SPLM-IO leading commander further stressed that he left with a number of troops and arms when he changed allegiance from the government in 2016.

"I personally left with some weapons and we captured more weapons from the government when we launched our operations and when some of our comrades joined later. So these talks of getting support from Sudan are unfounded, they are baseless," he said.

"They are the talks of someone whose days are numbered. That is why they are trying to blame others for their own weakness. Who does not know that the regime of President Kiir is weak and can fall at any time,” he wondered.

The rebel commander was reacting to statements by Santo Domic Chol, the South Sudan army acting spokesperson who told reporters in Juba on Wednesday that armed opposition fighters were receiving support and training from the Sudanese army.

In comments after clashes in Northern Upper Nile where government forces had reportedly lost control of strategic towns, Chol further claimed that Khartoum allowed senior South Sudanese rebel commanders to coordinate their operations in the Sudanese territory.

Khartoum and Juba trade regularly accusations of support to rebel groups.

In the recent IGAD extraordinary summit on South Sudan peace process, President Omer al-Bashir accused South Sudanese government of continuing to provide support to Darfur armed groups in recent coordinated rebel attacks from South Sudan and Libya.

In a separate development, Paul Lam Gabriel, the Deputy Spokesperson of the rebel SPLM-IO group denied reports that Ugandan nationals were joining the war to fight alongside their forces against President Kiir’s regime.

"The SPLA-IO has access to soldiers with trained reserve forces in South Sudan who can fight for its cause. We are not fighting for resources and personal gains but for a cause beyond ourselves, democracy, respect for rule of law, human rights, dignity and against corruption,” said the rebel deputy spokesperson.

(ST)

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  • 16 June 07:43, by Black Nation

    This is true, rebel get their support after a mass of government soldiers have been killed. since 2013 there was no any support from any country around the world and the struggle still continue. So in 2018 the rebel will take the lead in the country and every citizen will leave a good live where there will be no more unknown gunmen, rape cases, under development in the country and so on. (Join IO)

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  • 16 June 08:13, by Sunday Junup

    WHy always Dinka defeated they complain of support. do you think every one does not know how to fight like you? anyway when ever you use bribery, you can think that the other person does the same.

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  • 16 June 09:50, by Liberator

    Hhahahahah Idiots, who said you are rebels ? you are well-known criminals, pour Militias of Omer Basher, illiterates commanders. who doesn’t known how to read and write both Arabic and English, Hahahahah, shut your dirty mouth on national issues of South Sudanese

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  • 16 June 10:01, by Newsudan

    Khartoum support of rebels is clear since 2005,this cannot be denied.

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  • 16 June 10:41, by Black Nation

    They are always coward, they only know how to steal money from president’s office and they are also good at telling lies.

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  • 16 June 10:48, by Juliet

    To mr spokeman of io you deny khartoum support of u who supports u. We know that khartoum is supporting Riek for regime change in juba or destablised south sudan for his security benefit. Who doesn,t know among international community

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  • 16 June 11:11, by Remmeber

    I wonder,why these government shits always defend white lies and propaganda?
    The SPLA/SPLM-IO get its supports from the fake and nonstrategic government and non of the government supporters can not say "I don’t know"
    Stealing and telling lies won`t take you anywhere.

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  • 16 June 12:12, by Newsudan

    you are right brother Juliet, they are even using SAF uniforms leave alone weapons

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    • 16 June 15:23, by Sunday Junup

      Newsuda,
      What! SAF Uniform? You people you needs to learn of how to tell truth and logic. Can you please provide proof to what you are preaching here? otherwise you will fail like Mission and Vision of your name New sudan.

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      • 16 June 16:00, by Newsudan

        Newsudan vision still alive,no one can erased, so long crises persist in whole Sudan until Newsudan vision is fulfilled

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  • 16 June 12:22, by Juliet

    Yes i understand what you mean but you should not refer this with the saying of DR. John during struggle whio defined SPLA support as the same government that was fighting them which they gained support from. Khartoum is number one in this war having the agenda of regime change.

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  • 16 June 12:41, by Terror Juba

    South Sudan is finished. when you are helping me with weapons to destroy others... how can i mention you in any of my report? who is aiding ISIS?

    3rd world war on the way coming,... south sudan issue is just a piece of cake. just wait and see ... the giants are going to show their muscles....

    if we r born to fight... then lets do our job.....

    more rebels are coming but with no clear agenda

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  • 16 June 14:09, by Newsudan

    yes,Newsudan vision of Dr.John Will be final solution of whole Sudan crises since 1956.a vision for SS,Nuba,Funj and Darfur.

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    • 16 June 19:42, by Sunday Junup

      New Sudan,
      Go to hell with your newsudan vision which die long ago in 2011, it was marked by the death of john garang who killed separatist. I know you Dinka are wishing to unite Sudan again that is why Sudan support Kiir instead of Dr.Riak. Mark my word no body is going back to Sudan, we separate ourselves from them and we are going to change the name of our Countr. Federal democratic of Cush.

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  • 16 June 20:10, by Newsudan

    Sunday Junup,the vision is really, Dr Garang "there are no shortcut, and no easy walk to freedom and no easy walk to Newsudan. history in making, just be patience

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  • 16 June 21:21, by Theone

    If rebels love South Sudan,they should seek help from others countries but not North Sudan that hate us so much

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    • 17 June 13:42, by Konan

      Sudan is the only country in the world, which hates South Sudanese and provide them with food and host around 700 thousand of their refugees. Dinka are wicked by nature.

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      • 17 June 13:48, by Konan

        Dinka kingdom of ignorance, arrogance, chauvinism, brutality and evil is falling apart. lol

        Indeed South Sudanese deserve better than this.

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  • 17 June 17:12, by Newsudan

    Konan Jalaba
    we are not yet done with You.SPLA will fight SAF and their militias until Armageddon at some days to come,Dinka,Nuba,Funj,half of our cousins Nuer,half of Equatoria,will one day take battle all the way to Khartoum. mark my words

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    • 18 June 11:27, by Konan

      Naked man looking for a turban. Feed yourself first then talk about war.

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