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South Sudan denies that Heglig was recaptured by SAF after Bashir’s speech


April 19, 2012 (JUBA/BENTUI) – The army of South Sudan today has denied reports that the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) took back control of the oil-rich region of Heglig.

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A picture taken on April 17, 2012 shows soldiers of the South-Sudan’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) pointing towards a circling Antonov in Heglig. (ADRIANE OHANESIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir promised “good news” from the Heglig front within ‘hours’ which was understood to mean that SAF was on its way to reclaim the area occupied by Juba since last week.

But the spokesperson of South Sudan army Phillip Aguer told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that SAF’s claims to have entered Heglig is a "white lie” aimed at diverting attention from the actual situation on the ground.

"Yesterday [Wednesday] the SPLA defeated the advancing forces of Sudan Armed Forces, took control of Katasla [Kilo23] and captured three tanks plus lots of military equipments from the enemy," Aguer said by phone.

He said the Sudanese army was simply "retreating back to its territory" while the SPLA continued to advance and will soon complete the liberation of its border territories in Upper Nile, Unity and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states.

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James Gatduel Gatluak, SPLA division 4 commander in Heglig oil field April 17, 2012 (ST)

The commander of the SPLA’s 4th division, James Gatduel Gatluak, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday from Heglig that his forces were prepared for a SAF offensive.

Gatluak said his forces were in full control of South Sudan’s border 40 miles north of Heglig town. He dismissed Khartoum’s claims that Heglig is part of their territory, citing the 1956 border between the countries as demarcated by the ex-colonial Egyptian-British administration.

Sudan’s parliament declared South Sudan an enemy state on Monday and on Wednesday president Bashir vowed to remove the SPLM from power in Juba, further ratcheting up the war rhetoric between the two sides.

On Tuesday groups of journalists including a Sudan Tribune reporter toured Heglig where multiple corpses were seen strewn on the ground.

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Oil facility destroyed by the recent clashes between SPLA and SAF in Heglig and the corpse of a SAF soldier, April 17, 2012 (ST)


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  • 19 April 2012 07:31, by Hitler

    Good! not talking about propaganda here. we mean what we say and say what we do. Truth!

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    • 19 April 2012 07:57, by Mi diit

      Bashir, you will Never set foot on Panthou again. We are even coming closer to you.

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      • 19 April 2012 08:17, by PT92

        Criminal is too mouthy!

        The Criminal is being too mouthy SPLA almighty should take the matter into their hands

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        • 19 April 2012 08:57, by Lango2010

          haaahaaa be fair to my idiot president bashir not now and you to take bashir to ICC hooo, let SPLA be the one to captured him and make his trial in Juba court of Justice.

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          • 19 April 2012 09:03, by Lango2010

            chance knock your door at one, yesterday was bashir day. so if today is ours why waiting to bring back Abyei,meram and other borders that are in the hands of this bitches, before compromising with the so call AU, UN, EU come and beg us to leave these bastards.

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          • 19 April 2012 16:37, by K1 Family

            the South has nothing to do with Bashir. let him just frighten himself but one thing Bashir should is "South is capable to take over the whole Sudan"

            pliz Mr. dreaming infant be silence and for the day that strong SPLA will raid your so-call palace.

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            • 19 April 2012 19:42, by Mi diit


              This is the real war liberation that will determine the official territory and borders of what is known as South Sudan as predicted by Ngundeng. We got our interior land through peaceful self determination vote. We will demarcate our borders with bullet liberation soon.

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        • 19 April 2012 11:01, by Fallensoilder

          Bravo pt92, we have nus PKMs and RPGs on the northern front, that’s exactly how we need our rat to be caught.
          James Gatduel Gatluak Oyeee
          Division 4 Oyeee
          SPLA Oyeee
          Already Liberated by SPLM Oyeee
          The STRUGGLE must continue!!!!!!

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          • 19 April 2012 11:50, by Mi diit

            General Gatduel Gatluak looks so confident in the picture as he defeats SAF in the battle field.

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        • 19 April 2012 16:57, by amokraanthiec ooyee

          Truly PT92,if Ocumpo delayed we shall just take him less than 24hrs to be trial in Juba high court like what happened to Safi Qaddafi in Libya.Safi 1st day of trial began wiz cutting of his right fingers followed by partion of both ears.So to Bhashit,we shall begin with castration of his dysfunctional testes,closing of anus,removable of tongue and coitus followed as a principal of Islamic

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        • 19 April 2012 21:49, by Ruach

          Bashir is a noisy President.What a president!!ICC!!

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        • 20 April 2012 08:59, by Dumodit

          Keep up defeating the SAF my people. God is with us to care and protect our army!! SPLA YoYee! Victorous!!

          If God is with us who can be against us?

          This is our time to posses the Land from enemy!

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      • 19 April 2012 15:14, by Ahmed Chol

        Gatduel looks good with his regular Nuer tribal mark and with few little extra dots on his face which you rarely find on most Nuer. I am proud of him.
        He is more than a man!.

        Ahmed Chol

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        • 19 April 2012 17:13, by Tiger

          SPLA have done one of the wonderful job,thanks to Cdr Gatduel Gatluak of Division 4.Southerners will never stop thumbing up for the good job you and your men in uniform have done,our unity together without divisiveness make a big different and more stronger.South Sudan forever oyee,splm/a oyee,Nuba Mountian oyee,Blue Nile oyee and Division 4 of Gatduel Gatluak oyee.keep moving forward gentlement.

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    • 19 April 2012 08:02, by zulu

      I told you over and over that the spla had defeated these kids recruited by force and told lies. reliable sources said further that the intention of this excurssion into territories formally occupied as sudanese territories was to ensure full control over our territories and soverignty,

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      • 19 April 2012 08:33, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        Men in action,see the way they do dress in full uniform plus all military equipments,God bless all of you for the back soil Arabs want to rop.


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      • 19 April 2012 08:42, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        NIF/NCP foundation was base on telling lies,lead by lier,supported by liers who accept lies,believe in lies and everything is a lie.U never see Panthou never never.Am very sorry fellowers of prison police the Mohamed who blindfooled not to accept/tells the truth.We know Arabs the always talk strongs though they’re on backfoot.WE’LL WHO’S INSECT.SPLM was voted by us n its we to change it not U

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    • 19 April 2012 08:09, by Dinkawarrior

      Yes, his speech recaptured Panthou(Heglig)not the SAF! Bashit your days are numbered, your sodomy ideas will be practicing some where else not in South Sudan!

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    • 19 April 2012 09:29, by Makuei


      Has been left to cry or beg.
      He is not a man any more after mighty South could keep their mouth shut!

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    • 19 April 2012 10:01, by Big Boy

      Dear Jallaba

      where are you now? ha hah ha ha ha where are you nowdays? A child miseducated is a child lost.you were lost totally and your ncp leader talked too much without fulstop!!!! hah ha ha ha h ah ha ha ha!what do you think now?

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    • 19 April 2012 10:05, by Robot

      Sore throat will affect Bashir, toothless barking dog.

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  • 19 April 2012 07:31, by Muorter Majok

    I couldn’t be any prouder of our heroes of the SPLA. South Sudanese unite.

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  • 19 April 2012 07:32, by SeekingTruth

    Bravo SPLA!
    Al-Bashir and his crew should think twice before calling our country an ’insect’ nation. Gaddafi called his people "rats" and you Mr. Bashir know well the end result of Mr. Gaddafi.

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  • 19 April 2012 07:35, by Diu J.Kuek

    President Omer Al Bashir is always like to telling lie to his people just because of fear from internal opposition forces whom may set a coup against his Govt.SAF is far from Heglig for so many km.

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    • 19 April 2012 09:05, by chuol

      What President al Bashir says is not the real sense. since SPLA control the area of oil-rich state they are moving ahead for more than 38miles way from heglig Town and approached 1965 Border which is constant to the worldwide.

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      • 19 April 2012 17:54, by CHUOLJBOL

        wow my people is not 1965 i mean 1956 boarder.

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  • 19 April 2012 07:41, by Sundayw

    Our gallant SPLA forces continue to make us very proud! They have performed their constitutional role with tenacity and focus that is hard to measure. Our entire country of South Sudan will do everything to support our forces as they take back our stolen lands. We have been patient with Khartoum but they take our good nature as a sign of weakness. Not anymore. SPLA OYEEEEE!! SRF OYEEEE!!

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    • 19 April 2012 07:52, by Ming Dhal

      SPLA Oyeeeeeeeeee
      Just continue to complete our borders around north and then get settle and our war will remain for years if this confused gov’t don’t leave power
      Remember lie can’t help at all whatsoever the lie you create, President Bashir his actions all has shown to the world that he is suffering from metal consciousness

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  • 19 April 2012 07:45, by Sundayw

    "We will turn Panthou into the gateway of hell for the jallaba" Our officer corps, NCO, and infantrymen have done such a wonderful job anticipating every move that the treacherous NCP-led SAF makes that it’s futile to use force against our brave forces. Come back to Addis Ababa and accept peace we offer you. We extend our hands in friendship to the Sudanese people to cut the legs off the NCP.

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    • 19 April 2012 08:00, by philip andriko

      BIG THANKS to SPLA SOLDIERS,this lice must see fire if we don’t reclaim all our land these lice will not leave us alone ,let dislike arab one and for all they only pray to make us fail,chase even these blur traders who are with us to where they belong,these are spy here people thing they are traders that how arab came to sudan and now they claim to belong here and to divide sudan,SPLA continues.

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  • 19 April 2012 07:48, by Emporio

    Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle Bashir and his SAF always lie to public,We must recognize the chief characteristic of the modern era—a permanent state of what I call violent peace

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  • 19 April 2012 07:57, by Madina Tonj

    I think this indictment Omar al Bashir need to see or hear SPLA are coming too close to Kosti and Northern Kordofan State so that, he will belief his Old SAF can not competiting with SPLA. Omar al Bashir had forgotten the Southern Sudanese did play role in SAF however, this time things have change special when South Sudan gained her independence and that arrogant on Omar al Bashir is a shameful

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    • 19 April 2012 08:23, by Toney Toney Matot

      Dear compatriots,
      let our forces teach Omar Elabishikir a lesson like waht Isreal did to Egyption in October war.ajournalist who was present said he can not tell Egyption tank from Isreali tank because all are facing cairo.this time our tanks and khartoum should all face khartoum.SPLA Oyeee South Sudan Oyee.Awald Junub ma bi Khaf youm bita Shakala.inshalla ni mot malo

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    • 19 April 2012 21:46, by Ruach

      Khartoum is a noisy neighbour.What a neighbour!!

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  • 19 April 2012 08:37, by Sundayw

    With able Commander in Chief and officer corps like M.Gen. Gatduel and all men and NCOs of the gallant SPLA, we are assured of territorial integrity. Remember our ancestors’ resting places have not been fully returned to us and we must therefore take them. But we also ask our northern brothers and sisters to do what they did in 1985 and rise up against Bashir and his gang of thieves.

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    • 19 April 2012 08:46, by Mou

      I am so sorry for innocent body down.

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      • 19 April 2012 14:42, by chuol

        The death of innocence civilian in south sudan,blue nile and south kordufan will reflect to al Bashir when his time come to an End from the power.

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      • 20 April 2012 02:31, by Born-to-Rule


        Who are apologing to Bashir and Hussein. Don’t be navie, these idiots had killed 2.5 millions southerns. They continue to beat drums of war. Just in case you have forgot, they also killed almost 1 million darfurians. Short memmory is an excuse for stupity. Khartoum must pay for their evil act againt south Sudan.

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  • 19 April 2012 09:07, by pabaak

    This criminal Bashir is already get mad, when he said he will liberate South Sudan from SPLM, the reverse is true, SPLA/M who will liberate the North from genocidal criminal thugs of NCP, and coming moths the suffering in Darfur, Nuba, and Blue Nile will end

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  • 19 April 2012 09:10, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Arab intentions are now clear. They first claimed to take Panthou(Heglig)and falsely claimed it to be Arab land. Now Bashir is talking of freeing South Sudan from SPLM. what a joke? Who are SPLM members? Your lust for our resources is driving you mad. You will definitely get what you deserve from the owners of the Land.

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  • 19 April 2012 09:18, by hellonearth

    Please, please and please dont forget the words of the late Sadam, (cockroach) The late Gadaffi (rats) and what was needed for you to die is the famous word Insect. RIP beshir your death is near

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  • 19 April 2012 09:22, by E. Defense Forces
  • 19 April 2012 09:27, by Land-of-Cush

    I can’t see JABARE (Abutagie) and his shameful colour.
    This time Sudan rebel will rule Sudan with no doubt.

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  • 19 April 2012 09:34, by Longa

    Good news brothers and sisters,SRF has taken a town called Nyama which lies north west of panthou. Also Meserya have joined the SRF. They are fighting Khartoum together. Besher is heading to El Obeid for mobilization and ordering advancement to battle ground,it seems there is fatique in the military of the Sudan.

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    • 19 April 2012 09:48, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Messryia tribe is in critical condition. They need not to listen to that rhotics in Khartoum. Their lives are at stake since they have everything about their lives lie in South Sudan. Better to join SRF before it is too late for them. Messryians have to distance themselves from Khartoum. The consequences of bad relationships between South Sudan and sudan will be dired on them not on Khartoumers

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  • 19 April 2012 09:37, by Deng

    CONGRATULATIONS to James Gatduel Gatluak!!!!!!!
    You adminstration is working great in Heglig. The world still wonders how Heglig came at ease under your tactics!!!
    Keep up good work!!!!

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  • 19 April 2012 09:50, by solider

    in the eyes of the the world panthue belong to n sudan .they see u as an invador.south sudan must convence the world that the international laws are bullshit and no nation must belive in it.every nation must take over any land that it feels good to take it. fuck the AU. EU.& UN. FUCK genev aggrements and the european law makers.

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  • 19 April 2012 09:53, by wang

    There are over 10,000 South Sudan army were currently at the Heglig. So if by force, it will takes Khartoum two decades to reclaim the Heglig town back.

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    • 19 April 2012 11:33, by Dinkawarrior

      One SPLA soldier is equivalent to fifteen SAF armies! You couldn’t believed it!!

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  • 19 April 2012 11:45, by Smith

    Dinkawarrior, your mathematic is wrong...One SPLA soldier is 50 SAF soldier..this is now practical in Heglig...our 19 soldiers killed there were revenged with 240 soldiers of SAF..........the statements I heard yesterday were the same one we heard from Saddam and Muhamar Gadhafi couple of years ago. Bashir is done man....who will replace him in the North a very friendly leader who will work with u

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    • 19 April 2012 22:14, by wadelsudan

      The statement i heard from Kir saying he is not abiding by UN rules and he can invade his neighbours is same statement we heard from sadam when he invaded Kuwait ,do your math,Kirr is a done man.

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  • 19 April 2012 12:27, by morogot batal

    since i was promoted as major,panthou will not go away from my memory.because, it is the place where i become to know the title job of being major in army rank.and it is also a place where by i see every things posible in this planet.good research that shows me better management in my future.we are south sudan forces with full ability to defend our belove choosen land to us by GOD.SPLA oyeeeeeeee

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    • 19 April 2012 14:05, by Loko El Pollo


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  • 19 April 2012 15:40, by mxj_india

    I have been reading the warring comments on articles here for sometime. They are similar to the exchanges that we indians keep having with our bordering neighbors pakistan on such websites. The SPLA i think is primarily a millitary form of govt.The real challenge for them will be to ensure taking over of democratic process. I think the Indo-pak example should be an eye opener.

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  • 19 April 2012 15:50, by mxj_india

    While indian leaders went on to embrace democracy, millitary took over in pakistan and its children were made to grow up in a world filled with the millitary-warrior rhetoric aimed at inida. Five wars and six decades later the different paths that our countries took our quite visible. Here’s hoping for peace and good sense to prevail. I just feel bad that how hate always finds a way to persist..:(

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    • 19 April 2012 17:03, by Dinkawarrior

      No gate of Heaven but the gate of Hell in Panthou!

      The SAF soldiers were dying facing the ground of Panthou (Heglig) Maybe they thought it would be away to Paradise but unfortunately it’s the firestorm gate!!

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      • 19 April 2012 22:11, by wadelsudan

        stupid comment, you should not cheer death,do you want to waste another generation in war,because this what is going to happen.

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  • 19 April 2012 18:21, by WES Sudan

    It is really painful that we are enjoying peace is South Sudan. I believe we can fight Bashir or the so called SAF but at this particular time we are not focusing on war.

    We shall have total peace in our beloved south sudan when the Devil Bashir is brought to justice by the ICC.

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  • 19 April 2012 19:12, by Kim Deng

    Arabized Nubians gov’t,

    The division between the separatists and unionists was exploited by arabized Nubian gov’t (NIF/NCP) in Khartoum for almost twenty years. Therefore, the Khartoum gov’t must know that, South Sudanese are more united than ever before and stronger beyond its expectation.

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  • 19 April 2012 19:43, by Mi diit


    This is the real war liberation that will determine the official territory and borders of what is known as South Sudan as predicted by Ngundeng. We got our interior land through peaceful self determination vote. We will demarcate our borders with bullet liberation soon.

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  • 19 April 2012 21:45, by wadelsudan

    Its in human to post picture of dead people in a prefessional news paper,its madness of sudan north and south to return to war instead of focusing on development,it absurd for kir to say he does not bide by UN legislation in a country that is 10 month old,SAF will liberate heglig soon or later,but this total stupidity from kir to bring two side to brink of war,he might pay his carrier as a price.

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  • 20 April 2012 00:09, by Marco A. Wek

    Ya Bidsudan or whatever you call yourself, why don’t you go to he’ll like the rest of terrorists called mujahidems?

    It is your ICC wanted criminals that have been provoking South Sudan to react. You people are either lacking senses of knowing the truth or maybe it is your old saying, side with your Muslim brother even when he is at fault.

    What a confused blinded Northern Sudanese are?

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  • 20 April 2012 01:28, by Deng

    Uganda pledge to intervene if Sudan attack S. Sudan.
    great Job Mr Mseveni.

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