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South Sudan claims capture of rebel stronghold town


Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers singing pro-war song (AFP file photo)

August 6, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government forces Sunday have reportedly captured the rebel stronghold town of Pagak on the Ethiopian border, after armed opposition forces (SPLA-IO) loyal for former Vice-President Riek Machar allegedly fled the area.

Different sources told Sudan Tribune that the government troops have retaken the Pagak which is located near the border with Ethiopian.

"The Governor of Maiwut State Bol Ruach Rom will issue a statement Monday" as the army is clearing the area from any rebel presence, said a well-informed official who refused to be identified because he is not authorised to speak to the press.

Also, the spokesperson of the SPLA-IO led by the First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai accused the Machar-led rebels of setting fires in Pagak before withdrawing its combatants from the area.

"Brigadier Gen. Kuok Dang (of SPLA-IO Machar received an order from) Gen. Dhiling Keak to destroy ammunition stores, causing havoc situation in the area while evacuating the town,". said Col. Dickson Gatluak Jock.

The rebel group, he added, is "responsible for the damage that appears to have been done after they deserted the border town of Pagak without any confrontation".

"About 3 stores full of artilleries shells are now intentionally set on fire and the rebels under Riek Machar are solely responsible for any loss of life and collateral damage caused by mortar shells," he stressed.

The SPLA-IO spokesperson William Gatjiath Deng was not reachable for comment on the claims. However, another rebel source said the "forces of government are at 3-4 kilometres away from Pagak town".

Last month, the head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer said there was "heavy fighting" and an "extremely worrying" situation around the town of Pagak, in the Upper Nile region, forcing civilians and aid workers to flee.

At least 25 aid workers, said Shearer, were forced to relocate from Pagak and its surrounding areas due to increased insecurity.


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  • 6 August 2017 23:29, by Mr President 2037

    Chelsea lost arsenal, SPLA-IO lost to SSPDF, Kiir called to Pagak for first time. Mr. President 2037 is celebrating with folks!

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    • 6 August 2017 23:32, by lino

      That is funny Mr.Prsionman 2037! Do you want a company?!!!

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    • 7 August 2017 08:33, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Nothing bring peace in the Republic of South Sudan in the capturing of Pagak.

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  • 6 August 2017 23:29, by lino

    Is the war ended in South Sudan now?! I hope no civilian will die getting shot by a bullet or hunger after today!!!

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    • 7 August 2017 01:34, by South South

      Talk about Pagak and talk about people who set fired on their on weapons, that’s is the story we have here.

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      • 7 August 2017 01:58, by Newsudan

        now is it SSDPF or SPLA, Kiir Mayardit should clearly come out,are we Ugandans or South Sudanese. confusing soldiers battle cry, of SPLA oyee!

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        • 7 August 2017 16:52, by jubaone

          The Kiirminal is simply emulating his patron M7. SSDF as UPDF, dictator for life, muzzling the opposition, looting and killing. Only difference, M7 is a smart dictator whereas the Kiirminal is simply a foolish dictator who cares for himself alone.

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          • 7 August 2017 19:21, by Newsudan

            every time Kiir Mayardit visit Uganda,he usually come home with nonsense advice of wizard M7.changing SPLA name is nonsense but SPLA need transformation not something else.

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      • 7 August 2017 05:24, by lino

        Haha, Ya Southerner. You crowned me the King of Jungle/ Lion!!! Welcome to Pagak. I heard IO forces are going to Warrap!!!

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        • 7 August 2017 09:32, by South South

          Yeah linoism!!!! You are running out of good ideas, try to recapture first, Malakal, Bentu, Bor, Kadok, Maiwut, Pagak, and all Upper Nile then move to Warrap. You look like a very small child.

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          • 7 August 2017 19:52, by lino

            Don’t be foolish Southerner. It is a gurrela war don’t forget. Dr. John have done on Khartoum Governments,and anyone can do it against Juba Government; it doesn’t have to be IO Forces, but it can be the citizens forces!!!
            The war in the SS is about change and doing things the right way not a tribe way!!! It is not about capturing cities and towns but it is about capturing your dirty minds and...

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            • 7 August 2017 19:55, by lino

              ...and changed it into thinking right for the benefits of all!!!

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              • 7 August 2017 23:11, by South South

                linoism who is stupid is crying like a baby. Shut up loser and move to refugee camp in Uganda or Ethiopia, that’s a perfect place for you wicked. Dr. Garang fought war with his men. He was not parked in South Africa. He was leading his forces, LOSER, we are coming to clear out any pockets of rebellion in the bushes, get it right from here.

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  • 7 August 2017 02:31, by john locke

    Funny thing is we have heard this before from kiirs soldiers. I doubt that captured pagak.. wait to hear the news.. haha

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  • 7 August 2017 03:40, by Nairobimitot

    Those Rebels are so dumped and stupid. Pagak is your land, Why are you burning ammunition which can kill the civil population. Wishfully, the government is going to take over, and the civilians will be called to live their normal life. It has been a long time coming to bring peace and stability to Pagak and Maiwut. The capture of Pagak by SSPDF is a relieved to South Sudanese at a whole because now the economy of the country is going to get better including fuel subsidies.

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    • 7 August 2017 06:55, by dinkdong

      You have proved yourself "stupider." How would you do it if you were to leave and you got no mean of carrying your ammunitions, leave them in good condition so that your enemy will turn them on you? Think about it bubble head.

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  • 7 August 2017 03:57, by john locke

    You are stupider than you seem. Do you really think the people trust the government of kiir? Look how long weve been at war.. nothing but hinger and death.. kiir will never capture our strong hold. Just wait and see what happens. This country wont see peace until kiir is dead

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    • 7 August 2017 04:28, by Nairobimitot

      John Locke
      The capture of Pagak by the government soldiers is terrible news for you. If you do not like the government, at the end of this war, you are going to fight among yourselves because the guns that are taken to the border areas by your IO Youth are going to be used to cattle raiding by your rebels leaders. And that will cause a headache for you. You are now will have many problems which will happen in the future, and these problems are going to bring a lot of pain to you. You better join the government now before it is too late.

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      • 7 August 2017 10:01, by Free at Last Viva!


        Tell us, is it the government soldiers or SPLA-Taban that you claim are capturing Pagak? Be clear people: is it Kiir or Taban that is fighting the SPLA-IO in Pagak?

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    • 7 August 2017 04:46, by john akeen

      Good news SSPDF, thank you for recycling those trash out of Pagak and I just want to say that you’re a true people’s national army of the country, but still not over yet, the next thing is to recycle all of those trash out from every corner because they sting so bad, our people are dying everyday because of their nasty small, please SSPDF clean every corner so that way your people wound sick again

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  • 7 August 2017 04:33, by Akeen Mangarthon

    Congratulations to government forces. We believe you will soon check and clear the eastern equatoria forests and central equatoria. Greater Upper Nile has been cleared from rebels. The priority should be areas near Nimule-Juba road to stop sporadic attack by rebels against commercial vehicles on the roads.

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  • 7 August 2017 04:52, by john locke

    The same people celebrating this fake news were the same ones who celebrated when it was first falsely announced that pagak was under siege.. kiirs government is great at lying. You should know this by now.. what will you do if it is another lie?

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    • 7 August 2017 05:06, by Akeen Mangarthon

      John Locke

      Please delete your name on this post to avoid plagiarism. It is simply indicating high level of your criminality to use the name of famous philosopher of the law of nature.

      Secondly, we are not guessing here. You must withdraw from commenting on ST tactically as your group always says when they are defeated.

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  • 7 August 2017 05:13, by john locke

    We where never defeated and we never withdrew.. kiirs army did not take pagak.. explain why you guys lied the other 2-3 times about taking pagak?.. why now would anyone believe you.. continue to falsely claim the fall of pagak for moral.. haha

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    • 7 August 2017 05:57, by Kuch

      Everybody knows that there has never been serious armed rebellion for sometime now but some misguided miscreants with no vision at all. Anyway thank to our troops & the Nuer elders who now realize that this aimless is a lose-lose to everyone. National Dialogue & quest for peace will be the only surest win-win for everyone. There is no another way out of this>>>

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      • 7 August 2017 06:08, by Kuch

        But another vexing agenda that will create yet another mess is being surreptitiously builded up by a New Zealander criminal criminal called David Shearer of UNIMISS. The criminal is flooding our country with his UN so-called troops & mercenaries invading our country on disguise of his damn so-called *protection of civilians* and our fools in Juba will wake up again like spooked birds after the damn UN create yet another mess in our country>>>

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        • 7 August 2017 06:19, by Kuch

          One really wonders aloud as to why the UN is so much interested in deployment of its mercenaries into our country when the armed rebellion has since been suppressed? The answer is: The UN is the one that wants to fight the government of South Sudan & the South Sudanese people to effect their ’regime change’ business in our country since their regime change business through their Riek Machar puppet/stooge has been frustrated>>>

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          • 7 August 2017 06:30, by Kuch

            Fellows, this David Shearer criminal is being used by some evils in the US, the UK & some of their other criminals in between in our as their *21s century colonial governor Gordon* disguised on their *damn UN outfit* but this David Shearer fool will killed & send back to New Zealand in a coffin to show his evils in the US, the UK & their UN the absolute contempt we have towards the white Americans, English people, the cloned so-called Arabs & any evil on earth that thinks he/she can stand over necks>>>

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            • 7 August 2017 06:42, by Kuch

              We keep informing our fools in Juba that what the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their criminals are desperately shopping for in our country & against our people is not going to end very well. The evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their evils in between love affair with our country & people has gone too far. And it must be stop>>>

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              • 7 August 2017 07:13, by Kuch

                Some of our fools in Juba are always reminded time & time again the evil corporate America, the UK, France & some criminals in New York always their damn so-called peacekeeping business scams as their Neocolonialist occupation forces of third world countries with resources & plunder their resources for their own industries over other countries & people. And these evils do still have their foolish admirers in our country>>>

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    • 7 August 2017 06:08, by john akeen

      Why are you people responding to this loser name John Locke, don’t you know that that guy is stupid, specially you read his comments you should know atomically that he is dumb and loser at same time, so please don’t waste your time on stupid people

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      • 7 August 2017 06:38, by Akeen Mangarthon

        John Akeen

        I concur with you. One cannot waste time to respond to John Locked-minded.

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  • 7 August 2017 06:07, by john locke

    Kuch, stop. For one no nuer elder except those bribed by kior or taban would agree with kiirs agenda. Two the io as a movement has been defeating kiirs military for sometime now. Last but not least the dialogue is a fake agenda, just like kiirs fake cease fire. Kiir is a horriable liar surrounded by even worse liars. Just like theyve claimed the fall of pagak before. This administration is full of

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    • 7 August 2017 06:30, by Nairobimitot

      John Locke, if I were you, I would stop commenting. What dialogue are you talking about? The Dialogue has been achieved by the capturing of Pagak in case you do not know that. If the government deliver services shortly to Pagak, who is going to stay in the refugees Camp in very dangerous conditions. Are you the rebels going to stop the refugees from coming back to Pagak to their homes? That will not work well with you because they will fight you? Listen carefully, from now on start from today; you officially become a cattle raider, and a terrorist and the cattle you will be raiding is your own families along the border areas between South Sudan and Ethiopia. Stop it, if you have a small brain. And if you you have a problem in your head, seek help in the hospital near you so that the doctor takes a look at what is going on in your head.

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  • 7 August 2017 06:34, by john locke

    Nairobi, stop. Like ove said before, pagak is nowhere near being taken. There will be a river of blood before we let kiirs army take it. Believe me. How many times has youre kiir and taban lied about taking it? This same government kills innocent people. Or is that a lie? People where just protesting kiir in jubas poc camp. Or is that a lie.

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    • 7 August 2017 06:45, by Akeen Mangarthon

      You should have understand from Hon.Michael Makuei Lueth that the people in the POCs are rebels. How come they stay in Juba market at the day time doing their normal business as mere citizens and return to POCs camp in the evening talking against government.

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      • 7 August 2017 07:18, by Malakal county Simon

        Will Taban food fighters capturing pagak make him a legitimate IO leader?? Or will the war end if he Taban capture Pagak?? This are the question we need to ask ourselves forks!!!!

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    • 7 August 2017 08:11, by Nairobimitot

      To John Locke
      We are celebrating the capture of Pagak from confused rebels. But since you are very confused and does not know what to do, we are inviting you to come to celebrate with us the capturing of Pagak. We ask you and your group of rebels to join the party.

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    • 7 August 2017 08:18, by Newsudan

      Riek io rebels talk big but when it come to action there is a problem, Pagak fall to SPLA forces fullstop.SPLA is capable.

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  • 7 August 2017 07:17, by john locke

    You actually believe a word said by lueth? Haha. You are stupider than i thought. Lueth is the biggest liar of that administration. The people protesting are the innocent civilians that fled their homes.

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  • 7 August 2017 07:21, by Lenin Bull

    GOD bless South Sudan. GOD bless the people’s army the SPLA. Nyagats are flushed out in Pagak where evil plans were being concocked by Sudan/Bashir and their backers in the West. Riek is defeated badly again by SPLA after 3 and half years( 2013 -2017). Riek and Lam Akol poolishly turned their guns and PHDs against their own brothers and sisters and comrades in the SPLA/SPLM in 1991.

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  • 7 August 2017 08:03, by john akeen

    The famous South Sudanese PHD holders they have fall to educate the people of there nation after the father of the country Dr. John grang de mobiordit, even the mother of the country mama Rebecca Grang de Mobiordit had fall to educate the nation of the country about love and peace among her children and the first son of the country Mobior Grang had fall to follow his father footsteps>

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    • 7 August 2017 08:14, by john akeen

      now you will be finish soon and I now our troops and our president Kiir Mayardit and 2 vice President Taban Deng Gai and James Wany Iga will never go to sleep until they make sure there is no trash and bad smells had recycled

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      • 7 August 2017 08:27, by john akeen

        I mean until all of those trash and bad smells had recycled from ever corner. SSPDF please our strong army make sure you clean those sting or bad smells trash from States the smells really bad and your people are getting sick everyday and dying everyday because of those trashes of Riek

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  • 7 August 2017 08:05, by Nairobimitot

    Congratulations to SSPDF and SPLA for capturing your historical towns both Maiwut and Pagak. Congratulations the government of the people of South Sudan. The suffering of our population is almost over, but few people are working day and night to bring down the country, tearing the country apart and those groups of individuals their time is over. The fighting shall not happen again in those areas. We wish the government the best of luck to win back its people and its country. There should be a strong foundation of Unity this time around.

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  • 7 August 2017 08:13, by Joseph Canada

    Now its true that Nuer and Dinka have the same mentality. They Love food and sell their own blood for food. Shame. Look at both spoke persons for Kiir’s army and Taban. Traitors who will burn in hell for the longest time.

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  • 7 August 2017 08:36, by Nairobimitot

    Joseph Canada
    Joseph Canada, do not say things that you cannot implement and do. Where were you during the liberation struggle? Were you in Khartoum betraying your people? The same people who are in power and the government today were the same individuals who fought the war in the liberation struggle. So, stop your nonsense, you are the one who has betrayed the government. That will not work well with you. Come and join the government so you can improve your state government.

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  • 7 August 2017 08:56, by Lenin Bull

    Let the Nuer propagandists stop once and forever that empty threat of Nuer bravery over or the Dinka or the so call Nuer-Dinka all-out war. It has been tried twice now and it never worked/not succeeded except only unwanted deaths and destruction on innocents combatants and civilians and properties.

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  • 7 August 2017 09:02, by Lenin Bull

    Dr.John Garang restrained the SPLA/SPLM from applying its mighty power on Nuer arguing that the Nuer nation is being used cleverly by Sudan Arab to distract our great liberation struggle from its noble objectives of liberating the country and African people from Arab misrule and religious fanaticism. Hence the SPLA ignored Nuer menace then

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  • 7 August 2017 09:07, by Lenin Bull

    President Salva Kiir restrained the national army in 2013-up today from using its full force on Nyagat. IO people should appreciate President Salva Kiir for protecting them. If it was King Paul Malong, or Michael Makuei, Or Kuol Manyang Juuk, this national treachery would have been dealt a death blow since July 2016.

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  • 7 August 2017 09:29, by Mike Charlie MC

    Early warning on Government troop ,,, not to persuade to other location ,,,, otherwise they ended up with big lost ,,, still Pagak will be free from pro government force in couple of day Damn !!!!

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  • 7 August 2017 09:57, by Free at Last Viva!

    This is very funny. These Crown Hotel guys are very hasty in reporting uncooked news: look at them quoted. "Brigadier Gen. Kuok Dang (of SPLA-IO Machar received an order from) Gen. Dhiling Keak to destroy ammunition stores, causing havoc situation in the area while evacuating the town,". said Col. Dickson Gatluak Jock.
    Pagak is not captured and will never be captured. No ammunitions set on fire..

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    • 7 August 2017 10:50, by Malakal county Simon


      Keep celebrating empty news as usual but make sure this generation will perish because than individual!!!!

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      • 7 August 2017 10:54, by Malakal county Simon

        We need to think big, and even if pagak is capture today, will that’s silence the guns and bring sustainable peace in South Sudan??

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      • 7 August 2017 10:57, by Malakal county Simon

        Keep celebrating the empty news as usual because South Sudan is bigger than individual..

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  • 7 August 2017 13:43, by Lenin Bull

    Mike Charlie MC the SPLA will follow Nyagat IO everywhere they go even if they go and hide in the anuses of their mother-fuckers and backers. No joke in war in my friend and SPLA is not joking with traitors and treasoners like Nyagat-IO. Wait and see lad.

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  • 7 August 2017 13:50, by Lenin Bull

    Malakal County Simon, consider yourself as one of the first people that should perish when this generation will perish as you foolishly desire. GOD will pay you your own coin that you issue out to others. This is typical satanic thinking. People are praying for peace, love, and unity in the country and you children of NGUNDAENG are wishing whole "generation will perish." That is why GOD denies you

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  • 7 August 2017 13:59, by Lenin Bull

    I mean that is why GOD of all people always denies you victory in South Sudan because something is terribly wrong in your mindset. You are not normal and civilized.

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    • 7 August 2017 15:36, by Malakal county Simon

      Sudan Tribune, please be professional and don’t just public lies without proper investigation,it’s will degrade you and that not a good news as a public trust media source!! Just saying#

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      • 7 August 2017 16:15, by Akeen Mangarthon

        Malakal County boy

        Haahhah, Are you frustrated? Sudan Tribune should not be at your side on daily basis.

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  • 7 August 2017 15:56, by Mike Charlie MC

    #Pagak HQ,,, in a minute will be fully control by SPLA-IO gallant force from genocidal force who had gone for genocide mission had failed,,, SPLA-IO ,,, Viva!!!!!! Viva!!!!! gallant force of SPLAIO are arrange for night session ...

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    • 7 August 2017 21:37, by john akeen

      We will never sleep until we capture all of you Rebels. I believe we will capture all of you very soon, and the lucky ones will get lost from their commanders, we will confuse you Rebels, just to let you Rebels know, that we will never rest until we hunt all of you Rebels down

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