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South Sudan rival factions on high alert for military confrontation


September 26, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese rival forces have issued separate statements warning that their forces are on high alert following indications in which each side appears to be preparing for an attack.

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The SPLA-IO forces during their arrival at Masana Biira in Wau on 07, August 2017 (ST)

A statement from the spokesman of the pro-government faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM-IO) led by the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai said that the situation in Pagak, former rebel headquarters, was being monitored with the maximum attention.

“At the present time, the SPLA-IO troops are on high alert, monitoring the situation in the area of Pagak. Rebels, who deserted the border town in July, are reported to be on move back from Maiwut and Turuw to attack our defensive lines in Pagak," said a statement released by Col. Dickson Gatluak Jock on Tuesday.

He said the "armed youths" are building up in big number to launch multiple attacks on their forces in Pagak, in Greater Rubkona and Guit in Bentiu where the security situation is already being destabilized by opposition forces loyal to the former First VicePresident Riek Machar.

In a separate statement, Gen. Agany Abdel Agany Ayii said his force was ready to confront any attempt by the government forces, urging on all other rebel factions to coordinate efforts and actions.

Jock further said that the SPLA-IO forces led by Taban Deng Gai will continue to act in self-defence till the peace is achieved”.

He, also, claimed that a task force of 450 from Agwelwek Joined SPLA-IO after Abroc’s capture from the anti-peace elements. These forces he further says, were now at Kodok as part of forces under Gai. Governor of Fashoda state, Gen.Thieb Ajak had received them.

“This has raised the number of Agwelek forces to 476 in Kodok, and this significance step demonstrates the willingness of SPLM/A-IO under Gen.Taban Deng Gai towards the implementation of the compromise peace agreement on this turbulence period when the nation is working hard in search of sustainable and lasting peace," he said.

"SPLM/A-IO as the movement has a duty and responsibility to bring back all military officers and cadres who left the country due to the direct armed conflict for the last 3 years," it adds.

The military spokesman urged those who took up arms against the government to return and join peace process to iron out our own differences amicably.

“This suffering is a human-made disaster that needs to be controlled by ourselves and recommend their coming as a good significant step for the nation to rejoice for the return of peace and stability. This will not only be boosting the morale of forces but also bring the ethnic balancing within the army of SPLA-IO and indeed the entire army of South Sudan”.


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  • 27 September 2017 03:20, by john akeen

    Okay, GOD don’t like ugly and GOD don’t like killing, but Rebels are asking for more killing, but the question is, who is winning the war?

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    • 27 September 2017 08:44, by padiit gaga

      There is No peace if primitive president is still in power who should accept that only Nuerwew who were forgotten their brothers who were burned by Kirr. I am glad now are growing strong time to capture this killer No one will accept peace under primitive otherwise s.sudan will be second Somalia we will not quit fighting. 25 government soldiers captured last yesterday from waat to Akobo road th

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  • 27 September 2017 04:18, by john locke

    Kts obvious that kiirs men are losing.. his men, nhial batong and bol ruach are still stuck in jakow on the bridge. Kiirs soldiers are useless. Even with all the weapons. They are worthless

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  • 27 September 2017 06:16, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    I don’t understand why we clink to something that is not going to benefit us. Someone said that we South Sudanese are being engage by something they are good folks, & if they are by themselves they turn to each other, we need to change this attitude into something else constructive

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  • 27 September 2017 07:16, by lou nuer

    Dickson Gatluak Jock
    With your father Taban Deng Gai and much more other, you should not force people to support you by the military negative. We shall remain at our feet for good and forever.
    Fight for your position but we shall fight for our right.

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    • 27 September 2017 08:01, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

      This is unfortunate. What are we Southerners fighting for after independence? Rewarding rebels with senior ranks in the military encourages stupid illiterate militia commanders to rebel with the hope that they will one day be rewarded as generals in the SSPDF. The likes of Ismail Konyi, Peter Matip, Abdelbagi Ayii and so on and so on were all rewarded from nothing to generals. Let us stop this.

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      • 27 September 2017 08:36, by Malakal county Simon

        Firstly, You government poppet allied forces, need to stop provoking/attacking the SPLM_IO of Dr Machar defends position!!!!

        Secondly, Stephen Taban Deng Known as (STD) need to be arrested, because he is reason for continuation of this current senseless War!!!!

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  • 27 September 2017 08:45, by Eastern

    Just to show they are implementing an existent peace agreement, the Kiir-Taban alliance of convenience must made to always fight for its survival...South Sudan must be made ungovernable in their watch: No salaries for civil servants because all money is directed to protect them, no fuel and the inflation must skyrocket further and further...!

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    • 27 September 2017 15:48, by Redeemer

      Lou Nuer
      can you tell which Nuer is not a Nuerwew?
      in facts all of them except James Hoth Mai, in the whole community is this not a shame? when abandoned the fight for the independent for whole years of struggle, it was about wew.

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