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South Sudan rival forces give conflicting statements over Pagak’s control

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Sudan People's Liberation Army soldiers walk along a road near Bor, on January 31, 2014 (AFP Photo)
August 11, 2017 (JUBA)- The government forces and rebel fighters loyal to the exiled former First Vice President Riek Machar have clashed on Friday morning in Pagak town, causing panic and security concerns in the area, among conflicting reports from both sides.

Pagak served between 2014 and 2016 as the headquarters of the overall leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM-IO) before splitting into two separate factions led by Riek Machar and another by Taban Deng Gai following the departure of Machar in Juba after the July 2016 clashes.

Taban subsequently replaced Machar in his roles and became the new first vice president, dividing opposition leadership into two camps but Pagak continued to remain under the control of the fighters allied to Machar until on Sunday, August 5th, 2017 when government forces regained control of the border town.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune on Friday, the Governor of Maiwut state said armed opposition fighters attempted twice on Friday morning and in the afternoon to return to the town but were repulsed by the government forces.

"The anti-peace elements attempted a comeback attack today but they were repulsed by our forces. The first attempt was in the morning at around 05:00 am (local time) and another attempt was around 12: pm (local time)," Maiwut state governor Bol Ruach Rom told Sudan Tribune by telephone on Friday.

Also, Maiwut state parliamentary Speaker Choul Dep Kiir told Sudan Tribune in a separate telephone call that the SPLM-IO fighters attempted to return to the headquarters but were repulsed.

“SPLA- IO forces of Riek Machar attacked the SPLA forces in Pagak this morning. The IO forces attacked the town through two directions. Through Pinythor eastern part of the town and Way station western part of the town but the IO forces were defeated badly by SPLA gallant forces,” said Speaker Kiir.

For his part, The deputy SPLA-IO military spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel confirmed the attack on Pagak, claiming to have gained control of the town from the government forces during the operation.

“The whole areas of the headquarters, Pagak is freed and secured as usual. General Ochan Puot came with peace for peace lovers,” said Gabriel.

"That fake governor with his few supporters (have) turned refugees early this morning and the whole State of Adar is freed from government mercenaries,” he added.

Gabriel claimed the clashes which took place on Friday morning and afternoon rocked Pagak as their troops launched a surprise assault on government forces in order to regain their main headquarters.

“We attacked the area in the morning and clashes are still ongoing. The government forces are withdrawing from Pagak,” he said.

However, the spokesman of the armed opposition faction loyal to Taban Deng Gai, first vice president in the unity government denied that Pagak has fallen to the faction allied to Machar.

“Pagak came under heavy fire in the early hours today. At 5:00, SPLA-IO forces came under heavy fire from anti peace elements in the border town of Pagak. The attackers came through Yuayding and Tolong swarm areas but SPLA-IO struck back in self Defence to end the assault,".

He added that their forces managed to repel the assailants and pursued them fleeing towards Turuw and Orieng.

"Their main aim was to drive out our forces from the strategic town of Pagak which will never and ever happen,” denied Col Dickson Gatluak in a separate statement.

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  • 12 August 00:05, by Malakal county Simon

    The Pagak Town, has been officially returns to the rightful owner, the SPLMA-IO under Dr Machar....

    Viva South Sudan
    Viva Dr Machar

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    • 12 August 01:29, by Augustino

      Pagak will never and ever return to Riek Abandoned and starved soldiers, this a lie from rebels.

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      • 12 August 02:17, by john akeen

        It is a big lie from Rebels, but nobody will believe that only Rebels supporters because they all liers. Just to let you know Rebels,Pagak it’s gone for good and your dream about capturing Pagak back will never come true

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        • 12 August 11:06, by jubaone

          John Akeen,
          As a monyjienge, gather your courage and travel to Pagak. Our readers would be grateful if you sent us some photos from there. It’s also sign of patriotism to go to areas controlled by SPLAnyor to do some work instead of squatting somewhere in Uganda or Kenya. That is jienge cowardice.

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          • 12 August 13:36, by South South

            jubaone,

            Are you that stupid!!!! You think all Dinka live in Uganda or Kenya? Then who is controlling Juba, Wau, Malakal, Bentu, Bor, Yei and all cities of South Sudan? You ran away from Juba, your home town, why? Shut up loser and leave the talk to real men who are in the flied to do action jobs.

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            • 13 August 15:24, by jubaone

              South South,
              Jienges have fled their areas and want to occupy our lands cos they are lazy and look for food and safety. Look at your areas, loser, nothing except hunger, killings and theft. Our people can’t share towns with squatters and idlers who have to be babysitted. Sorry. You control the towns, we control your movements. No more MTNs.

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        • 12 August 11:16, by choldit

          Pagak is confirmed to be under the SPLA CONTROL. The fool and food soldiers of President Kiir, Taban and JCE (aka SSPDF the copycat of UPDF of Uganda) are on run to Ethiopia border where they believe they may get help from OLF of Oromo but the SPLA are after them. only the fittest of them will survive if at all. so that chapter is closed.

          Dr Machar have a goodnight sleep today!

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      • 12 August 07:28, by gatkhor Nueri

        PAGAK or LEERPINY is from rebel forever and you will never see it again untill the anus of your Grandmother fall down and after that you will See it again.

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      • 12 August 10:51, by jubaone

        Agustino,
        This is purely a Nuer-Nuer war and absolutely nothing to do with jienges. If the Nuers stood as one people like the jienges, today Taban would not be part of this Jienge junk regime. Sadly, Taban’s hirelings and nyagateen are being fooled by cowardly Jienges.

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      • 12 August 17:42, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Guys, wait. I will give you update within 24 hours because I don’t have time since we are in Pagak for two days.

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    • 12 August 05:44, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Now, these military people are confusing the general attention.
      In fact, government is controlling the two areas
      > Pagak
      > Maiwut state.
      Please, don’t consider what SPLA IO SPOKESMAN is saying on this two areas.

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    • 12 August 11:33, by Newsudan

      rebels delusions, Pagak is under full control of joined force of STD and SPLA.

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    • 13 August 15:40, by jubaone

      Malakal Simon,
      Of course gallant IO forces have since Saturday 12 Aug recaptured Pagak. The Nuer nyagateen fooled the jienge regime and went in with heavy weapons. In turn, the nyagateen provided IO intelligence with accurate reports on troop size, arms and logistics. Bam bam IO struck and captured several weapons which it desperately needed. That is cooperation with nyagateen insiders. Great

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  • 12 August 02:36, by john locke

    What are you people even talking about? Pagak has already been taken bynus rebels. Incase you where misinformed bol rom ruach and his militia where chase to the bridge with ethiopia where they surrendered to the ethiopian soldiers. They where disarmed and taken in as refugees.. this regimw loves to lie i see. And you liars love to believe it.

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  • 12 August 06:41, by gatkhor Nueri

    Nyi Bol Ruac Rom now she was crying yesterday at the border of Ethiopian.

    Dickson Gatluak Jock Nyuot don’t talk more because you are corrupted man,when you are in finance in nairobi Sevenday adventist you stolen all money and you ran to Bentiu.when your money finish,you open the school which is called Maiwut primary and when your school collaps and you when to security guard in UNMISS of Bentiu

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  • 12 August 16:08, by Lenin Bull

    Gatjaak, you are wasting the lives of your young people for a lost cause at all. Stephen Taban Deng’s IO is an exit strategy from Riek poor leadership greed that has brought disaster on Nuer nation in particular and South Sudan at large. Be wise and stop the war and join peace bandwagon.

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  • 13 August 07:57, by wise Gabriel

    Rebels are just focusing of capturing pagak, which is beyond their imagination, forget pagak dear Spla io criminals, and open new chapter.

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    • 13 August 15:30, by jubaone

      Wise Gabriel,
      I hear that it was nyagateen or Nuer wieuw who captured Pagak while Jienge cowards waited for fear of being killed since they didn’t know the terrain well. Many are already inside Ethiopia cos they believe these nyagateen will betray and backstab them. They don’t want to fully trust the nyagateen. Update soon.

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