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South Sudan rebel factions in talks for coordinated military operations


S Sudan's FVP designate Riek Machar, arrives in his General Headquarters, Pagak. He was received by SPLA-IO's Chief of General Staff, 1st Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, 12 April, 2016 (courtesy photo of SPLM-IO)
September 25, 2017 (JUBA) - Various rebel factions in South Sudan said Monday they are talks to come up with a unified strategy and establish a military operation centre to help them fight the government.

“It has been quite sometimes since we started talking about the need to unify and coordinate our military operations. The talks have reached a significant stage. They are at advanced level, just waiting for logistics to bring together all the leaders”, said Gen. Agany Abdel Bagi Ayii Akol, leader South Sudan Patriotic Army (SSPA).

Akol explained that the military operation centre will operate under the supervision of several active leaders for strategic reasons and operations.

The top rebel commander claimed that the alliance would include the armed opposition under the overall command and leadership of the former First Vice President Riek Machar, former agriculture minister, Lam Akol Ajawin, the faction of Gen. Thomas Cirilo and the group allied to the former western Equatoria state governor, Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro.

He did not, however, say under whose overall leadership the command will eventually operate and whether or not the alliance will translate into unity.


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  • 25 September 2017 22:59, by Kuch

    "South Sudan rebel factions in talks for coordinated military operations"
    Do we still have real rebels in South Sudan nowadays for goodness sake? Lam Akol has gone & retired in Khartoum were he rightly belongs, this Gen. Agany Abdel Bagi Ayii Akol purported to be operating Northern Bhar El Gazelles is a mystery man. Mr. Johnson Oliny has long ran back to Khartoum with Peter Gadet>>>

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    • 25 September 2017 23:12, by Kuch

      Thomas Cirilo is dodging his thief of public money in a hotel in Adis Ababa. Riek Machar isn’t coming back from South Africa anytime soon. And his aimless armed rebellion has been crushed anyway on the ground. Former Western Equatoria, Mr. Bokasaro is comfortably enjoying his life in Atlanta, US & so does Mr. Pagan Amuom. So who is still behind these so-called rebels in our country?>>>

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      • 25 September 2017 23:21, by Kuch

        And part of South Sudan do they still occupy? None that l personally know of. SUDAN TRIBUNE, Radio Tamzuj & some foreign online propaganda machines are the ones that keep these bandits relevance. And this is mainly to keep the creeps like the UN & the NGOs remain in our country indefinitely. Some South Sudanese must just open their damn eyes & know what is really at play in our country.

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      • 26 September 2017 06:19, by Tilo

        If we continue denying that we have problems and rebel in SS there will be no peace anytime soon. This ignorance is the same reason as to why the country is in mess.
        To the best of my knowledge there is no peace for I cannot jump in car go to my home town am here stacked in Juba with no interstate road. there is no life in South Sudan. P’ple re not living in SS but surviving at the mercy of God

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  • 26 September 2017 00:05, by john akeen

    So Rebels wants to fight and they want Gov to sit back and not to respond back to them, so you Rebels wants to grow strong against our Gov and you don’t want them to go mess it up for you, anyway if president Kiir and Taban Deng and Dr. James Wani let you Rebels grow again, that mean we will agree with you that our Gov is weak, so please when Gov go after you don’t call UN AU or EU for help

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    • 26 September 2017 04:16, by South South

      "Various rebel factions in South Sudan said Monday they are talks to come up with a unified strategy "

      Poor English from SudanTribune, maybe the story is made up out of the blue. We do not have real rebels in South Sudan now, only cut throats are roaming in the bushes.

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      • 26 September 2017 07:39, by Eastern

        South South,

        Just see what you have written compared to the headline....

        South Sudan rebel factions in talks for coordinated military operations

        It is a sin NOT TO KNOW THAT YOU DON’T KNOW...!

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      • 26 September 2017 09:13, by jubaone

        South South,
        Like jellaba master like jienge slave. Same rhetoric and idiocy. Jellaba belittled the SS struggles in the end....jienges are belittling the struggles of other SS masses, in the end they will get butted. In Equatoria, the free roamers and vagabonds has been halted. Great.

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  • 26 September 2017 05:41, by john locke

    Whats funny is that you kiir cheerleaders are still denying that us rebels are stronger than you militarily. Go ask nhial batong and bol ruach whos still stuck on the jakow bridge. Kiir will die real soon.

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  • 26 September 2017 06:48, by Kush Natives

    This is nonsense,I want to hear about it, the very the same rebels will run to U.N. security council tomorrow and talk blah blah. Let them coordinate that operations! We’re here folks, don’t let rebels blindfold themselves.

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  • 26 September 2017 07:21, by lou nuer

    A Thousand miles stand by one step. Those strategies of united the rebels movement under various faction would have brought down Kiir regime completely. They don’t sleep if they heard such kind of initiation taking place among rebels faction good move my dear comrades. For those who bark that it would have not happen let them bark and silence after all.

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    • 26 September 2017 07:38, by Kuch

      lou nuer,
      Everybody in our region is busy making his/her money & coming to South Sudan to setup businesses. But all you Riek Machar big losers is about war---to regime change the govt by force. While at the same time flocking to these so-called UN POCs & foreign countries for free food rations. When you are honestly been asked by the South Sudanese to stop your damn aimless armed rebellion>>>

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      • 26 September 2017 07:46, by Kuch

        And get out of these so-called UN POCs & start growing your damn own food. And sell the your damn surpluses to make money for your own good. But all you idiots are after is bring down all the South Sudanese people who just want to go on with their own lives & eke out their own livings in peace. How much free money is distributed by our neighboring countries of Kenya, ethiopia & Uganda etc>>>

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        • 26 September 2017 07:53, by Kuch

          to their citizens?? Nil fellows, but some of you Riek Machar idiots love of working foreign powers in exchange for free things was what was exploited by North Sudan during our genuine war of independence. But these days, you are being used by the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & even the same North Sudan & they want to be using you Riek Machar idiots as their begging bowls around the world>>>

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        • 26 September 2017 08:00, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

          Abdelbagi, you are not a trained officer. You served as a militia Commander under Omer El Bashir against the SPLA during the liberation struggle. Go back to Sudan and remain there or else you will be crushed by the mighty SSPDF.

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          • 26 September 2017 10:35, by jubaone

            Fighting is NOT a monopoly of the jienges nor Nuers and not even Equatorians. None was born a soldier and so by all accounts, dont underrate Gen. Abdelbagi. What is required, is each fights the jienge regime from his area and we want results from frontlines in Bahr el Ghasal not later but now. Abdelbagi has sensed, the Kiirminal is already a dying horse/donkey so he´s jumping in.

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            • 26 September 2017 11:38, by Eastern


              Garang’s war was not waged by trained former soldiers from battalions 104 and 105....The war was largely fought by civilian/peasants drawn from across southern Sudan, Nuba mountains and southern Blue Nile. A sizeable number of Eritreans and other foreign nationals were all involved.

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    • 26 September 2017 08:16, by Kush Natives

      lou nuer,
      Nuer always lost vision when they starved. May I ask you a question are you really fight for since 1947? Your vision is always stab people in the back because of foods(kuaan) your rebellion against South Sudanese people will never bear fruits. Starts from Abdala Chuol, Gai Tut, Koang Chol and Riek Machar twice. Bunch of losers!

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  • 26 September 2017 08:43, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    "come up with a unified strategy & establish a military operation centre to help them fight the government"What we need is a tengable peace accord, we are tied of this senseless, human made war, peace is what we the public need, anyone who doesn’t support peace is not our owned blood, you folks need to see the suffering of the innocents civilians in the South

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  • 26 September 2017 09:17, by Nuer bi Bay Dom

    even though Various rebel factions in South Sudan said Monday they are talks to come up with a unified strategy and establish a military operation centre to help them fight the government, it is going to be fail and jeopardized by Riek Machar poor and weak political and military tactics.

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    • 26 September 2017 11:46, by Eastern

      Dr. Riek Machar is in South Africa not Bahr el Ghazal...!

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  • 26 September 2017 13:06, by Marco A. Wek

    When has the son of a traitor Abdel Bagi Ayii became patriotic. Like the father like the son. They had always been slaves of Arabs since Anyanya one. Good luck.

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  • 26 September 2017 13:21, by Majesty

    Anything to do with dog Riek Machar of 1991 and 2013 is nothing but good failure. Like I said before 2013, Riek has no "bullets or ballots." Agany Ayii Akol is Aweil terrorist following footsteps of his father traitor and Muslim terrorist Abdel Bagi Ayii Akol. He’s no threat to any other South Sudanese but Aweil business to team him.

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