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S. Sudan to focus on defence after attack on N. Bahr el Ghazal


December 29, 2012 (WAU) - The South Sudan cabinet said on Friday defence of the country remains a top priority, announcing that "all necessary arrangements" have been put in place to fend off foreign aggressions and incursions, in the wake of an alleged attacks on Northern Bahr el Ghazal on Wednesday.

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South Sudan government in a cabinet meeting (file/ST)

The government made the announcement after holding a cabinet meeting chaired by president Salva Kiir during which he gave a briefing about the visit of the Ethiopian prime minister, Desalegn Hailemariam.

In a statement broadcast on the state–owned South Sudan Television (SSTV), South Sudan’s Information and Broadcasting minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said cabinet unanimously agreed to make defence a top priority and passed a resolution condemning an attack in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.

At least five people were reportedly killed following reports of aerial and ground attacks allegedly carried out by Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) on Wednesday.

The Sudanese army has denied the accusation, but admitted that clashes occurred between the southern army (SPLA) and Al-Rizigat tribesmen in the disputed region of Mile 14.

“The cabinet has deliberated a number of issues today. The president briefed the council [of ministers] on the visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister and the recent aggression by Sudan in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State. During the deliberation chaired by the president of the republic, it was unanimously agreed that defence of the country should be the top priority," Marial said in a televised statement.

From now on, our priority will be defending our territories and all the necessary arrangements have been made, he added.

The Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Paul Malong Awan, on Friday visited the SPLA positions in Kiir Adem, Aweil North County. He was accompanied by top level military officers, including assistant deputy chief of general staff for operations, James Ajonga Mawut Unguec Ajonga.

“Governor Paul Malong came today [Friday]. He was accompanied by General Santino Deng Wol and General James Ajong Mawut Unguec Ajonga. They were coming to assess the security situation and to meet with us. They all stressed the duty of the SPLA to defend the country and to the protect lives of the citizens and their properties against foreign aggression,” Kuol Athuai Hal, the commissioner for Aweil North county told Sudan Tribune Friday by phone.


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  • 29 December 2012 09:03, by Ayom Ayom

    The attack was carried out by SAF not Rizeigat tribesmen. SPLA kills number of attackers, heroes, camels and capturing vehicles. see below the link of how Rizeigat tribesmen are crying blaming Khartoum government for attacking SPLA Position. Now they are going to die all with their animals, no water and grazing land for their animals anymore.
    Rizeigat bla

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    • 29 December 2012 09:08, by Mi diit

      Stop mere talks about defense. Get the air defense system in place and the anti tank weapons. Then you will see those coward Khartoumers backing off. They respect our gallant courageous infantry forces on the ground who taught them lessons and defeated them. But they take advantage of our poor air defense. Also stop jealousy among soldiers and treatt them as one army without tribalism and clanism.

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      • 29 December 2012 14:18, by bianaathling

        We are tire of Bashir.Mr. president why don’t you tell us that our spla armies don’t know how to shoot their enemies such that we can recruit those who are genuine in shooting.Sorry after danger or planning after something that had happened its not useful.you should also tell your cabinets that no gain with pain otherwise Bahir will reach your state house.

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        • 29 December 2012 14:49, by Ahmed Chol

          What were they focusing on since 2005? Or you think Arab will not kill civilians when you don’t want war? Very foolish. I doubt these people were actually trained at Bongo since they exhibit civilian mentality.

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    • 29 December 2012 09:36, by Johndumo14


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    • 29 December 2012 09:37, by Dinkawarrior

      Security should have been a number one than Drinking too much alcohol, stealing public founds and killing of your own citizens. You better be prepare for protection on the borders those including the contest areas and Air defense system must be put in the place. We would like see those dead bodies of the SAF in Warguet, in order to prove them wrong.

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    • 29 December 2012 09:57, by Piny Amec Abethool-Jesus

      PREPARE or REPAIR:be prepared or keep repairing the NCP’s problems when they arise. The National Criminals Party-NCP listens to guns not meetings. Never withdraw this time because International community cannot bring security to South Sudan. Only SPLA could protect RoSS. The war should reach Khartoum this time. Oil is not going to resume, kill Bashir. Give oil to USA+China = peace+econ.development

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    • 1 January 2013 05:15, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Why is Kiir calling 4 cabinets meeting over an attack on kiir adem? Its sound like having loose mind,because its him who accepted to be fooled by Basir on 27Sept to accept kir adem as a disputed area,now its blacksmith facing the spear it made,look census and resgistrations for referendum or doesnt even mention it as disputed! Am so sorry4pres

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  • 29 December 2012 09:06, by Jeti

    How can you defend the country from foreign aggressions when you don’t pay the army well...!!!
    Shame on you!!!

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    • 29 December 2012 09:13, by zulu

      Lady Jeti
      Stop being obnoxious here. Should we neglect to defend our civilians from foreign attacks because the army has no income? That is absurd. when we fought for 50yrs these folks, we started with nothing but our blood, patriotism and the strongest believe that we will not be subservient or acquiescent to any body.

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  • 29 December 2012 09:15, by Honesty

    Good to hear from S.Sudan cabient passing number of issues and putting security top priority.I wish SPLA can one time drop bombs into Khartoum.I can,t see the reasons why Arab aerial attack always continue and we are quiet.

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  • 29 December 2012 09:33, by Nyakuzuny

    Yea very good decision let us making the very serious action to northern Sudan,and Northern Sudan will afriad with us.I think you will not forget the Air defence force. why Northern Sudan is using to Bombing our Land every year while you using to crying for Bombing every year people South Sudan.please don’t forgeting that South Sudan is our Own Country while u are still not Prepare event this tim

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  • 29 December 2012 09:41, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

    Dear S.S.cabinet and president, we the civilians of S.Sudan we known it that u are just playing for nosences announcement alway,How many foreign aggrasion in S.Sudan while no one day from SPLA droping Bomb to N.Sudan. Just remmitten the money to ur children outside S.S. there will be a time for Poor civilians government to protect them enimes,We known it that it’s propaganda for u to decieved us

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  • 29 December 2012 09:55, by Piny Amec Abethool-Jesus

    PREPARE or REPAIR: be prepared or keep repairing the NCP’s problems when they arise. The National Criminals Party-NCP listens to guns not meetings. Never withdraw this time because International community cannot bring security to South Sudan. Only SPLA could protect RoSS. The war should reach Khartoum this time. Oil is not going to resume, kill Bashir.Give oil to USA+China = peace+econ.development

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  • 29 December 2012 10:05, by 4Justice

    idiocy retardation

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    • 29 December 2012 10:29, by Dinkawarrior

      Enough is enough, no more wasting resorces and times by going to Addis Ababa for nonsense. They just call for meeting every now and than they violated less then 24-hours.

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      • 29 December 2012 10:31, by Dinkawarrior

        Tong a jal ruat, tong aci Kiir gam!

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        • 29 December 2012 10:48, by Aarai Baka

          To Dinkawarrior
          Kiir did not agreed for no war but scared as like goat that need to be pulled to cross the water.

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          • 29 December 2012 10:55, by Dinkawarrior

            Ha ha ha ha!
            Kiir has no choice to make, we will push him ’till he accept what we want or otherwise he will go to hell.

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          • 29 December 2012 11:06, by Nyakuzuny

            Kiir will not agree for War brother be remember during the war we was captured the Panthou what was happened to our President , our president withdrawal our Troops from Panthou , what we was saying ?

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          • 29 December 2012 11:27, by Piny Amec Abethool-Jesus

            Mr. President Kiir Maryardit has never been scared or afraid of war or battle in the whole history of our civil war in South Sudan. This is what he can do well more than any person in South Sudan. You can only blame him in economic management, but he is very good in battles or wars management. He can defeat Mr.President Donkey Horse Towel.
            Kiir Maryardit Oyeeeeee, SPLA oyeeeeee

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  • 29 December 2012 11:03, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

    Hey Dinkawarrior tong ajal aruot, aci kiir gam ahahahahahah-wowowowo pls din’t push your coward people by word while u had never heard the Sound of Gun. u heard it from TV in Uganda. let the really warrior men talk and design the war of Arab. we good way my dear, to created that name for u is really shame on u here in S.S. the real warrion are Naath, Murle, Lotuka,Kashipa,Anuak,Madara,Acholi,Mab

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    • 29 December 2012 11:20, by Dinkawarrior

      Gatkuoth or gatkooth!
      If you have psych issues or alcohol withdrawal, then you need to see a doctor right away. Without Dinka Warriors, ass would been broken into pieces by Jalaba. You suppose to say Thanks you Dinkas for the freedom, now you’re free to eat as you can. Drinking and dancing are always signs of happiness. If I was not a warrior, I would have not chosen to be call Dinkawarrior.

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      • 29 December 2012 11:31, by Dinkawarrior

        I am a veteran of war from Red Army in Koriom Two, Intifather batallions. If you know what that mean, then believed me that I am a Dinkawarrior. I have 27 bullets in my body, those including 7 bullets from Ngateen of Nuer, 2 from Didinga, and 18 from Jalaba. Shame on you motherfucker, gatnyamnyam.

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        • 29 December 2012 19:33, by panom lualbil

          Ho ho, PINTIN GATKUOTH, those are MILITIAS whom ur coward living dead leader [RIAK MACHAR] left to ARABS when he was offered an aminesty by late president JOHN GARANG, fool. Without you, we paid the price therefore you should keep low profile, curse. Chasing suck an illusion will allowed SPLA to kill you all.

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    • 29 December 2012 11:36, by Piny Amec Abethool-Jesus

      All South Sudanese are worriors.

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  • 29 December 2012 12:07, by Mapuor

    South Sudanese are not ready for war.Those are are barking in Juba should know that they should not always go contrary with common people.During the war they fled the country to Ethiopia,Kenya,Uganda and some went to Khartoum and Western world leaving the poor to fight the war and finance it.Now they came back to loot and engage the poor on another nonsense.Peace is what the masses need.

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    • 30 December 2012 01:57, by Kenyang

      Your thinking is poor & exactly same as Salva Kiir. Kiir think he doesn’t war just like yourself but who knows may be, you two are too stupid to comprehend our problem with NiF. Problem is not with other South Sudanese overseas but good defensive is result of good offensive. If someone attacked your house today, you’ll response in kind- with tooth or barehand.

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  • 29 December 2012 12:24, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

    That’s what I am talking about let’s leave minor except defense. Let’s fight Khartoum for death, they will get it . Why not?

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  • 29 December 2012 12:25, by panchol

    Bashir said he will meet Kiir anywhere, anytime. if I were SS president , I would have not go for talk with any Arab delegation from Sudan, because it is a waste of resource and Arab dream of being his vice president.
    Let’s forget about production of our oil but good enough to see other means to build our economy.

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  • 29 December 2012 12:26, by Lecture

    Cabinet ministers discussed unimpressive plans, I know your interest was only how misused the public funds. I don’t understand why Kiir government was not serious on defending the citizens. And when it is issue of money all eyes were on the angle!

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    • 29 December 2012 14:59, by ANYANYA1

      Dear Friends, I Know N .Bahr el Ghazal Citizens were dieing and President Kiir is running his own business, thinking about opening oil to get money, that why he created 14 miles out of nothing to get oil money. I think it’s better to NBG people to join North Sudan, because NBG is nothing to Kiir Government. or South Sudanese government,Shame on Him with his government.

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      • 29 December 2012 15:11, by ANYANYA1

        Mr. President know how to order SPLA to Kill citizens and and not Arab, like WAU, example,he is weak leader, he can say some and not follow it example,
        what happen 100 Days ?
        list of 75 people on corruption ?
        he said he know how to fight what happen on Panthou
        fighting ? Spla know how to fight but president is to weak to know his part.

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        • 29 December 2012 17:36, by Nyakuzuny

          yea Anyanya 1 this is the very important for our president Dr. Salva Kiir Mayardit to know only how to killing his citizen he don’t know how to kill the Arabs ,I don’ know his decision of Dr.Kiir for our Situation with Arabs , he Afraid about Ohmer Aljerima for fighting he know that if we will fight with Arabs ,The president Aljerima will kill it ,and he will not seeing Khartoum Again.

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  • 29 December 2012 18:03, by ANYANYA1

    Hello Nyakuzuny, I belief what you said about Preisident Kiir, if Mr. President have interest to be in Khertoum, it’s better for him to join Khertoum like Dr. Lam Akol,and others Southerns who are in North Sudan. and leave us alone insteady of time wasting and used cool blood to kill Citizen of South Sudan

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  • 29 December 2012 19:44, by BM Bol

    I am not sure what took this stonehead so long to prioritize the defense of our beloved country. The US has lifted the embargo on South Sudan which means South Sudan army can be better equiped to protect the country.

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  • 29 December 2012 21:52, by JohnGarangFreedom

    We are now an independent nation, so we have every rights to protect our nation through any means.

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  • 30 December 2012 02:18, by Kenyang

    SPLM under Kiir is nothing more than mere excellent at stealing public money. Or you can take their word for it- more than a year on as a sovereign nation they just arrived to conclusion that protecting a nation is what they should be doing. To me, nothing they say is new. They have been saying exactly that...

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    • 30 December 2012 03:59, by ANYANYA1

      you are right Kenyang, Spla/splm under Kiir doing nothing , he just know how to steal oil money and kill Citizens and calling Omer brother, I don’t understand what kind of brother he mean when he called Omer brother ? whether his own brother or brother in-law ? He’s killing his own and call him brother, may be beacuse those who are dyeing are not his own sons / daughter ? I respect Kiir more but,

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  • 30 December 2012 05:39, by Ommar Bashir

    Issue of ten distant back on each side is not right specially for S. Sudan. You guys have now seen Northern Sudan’s plan. Oil flow has become a car key for Northern Sudan to drive South into a dish. Oil will never ever flow through N.Sudan. Therefore,cook up your mind people of where you can support yourself and forget about sells of oil in world market while going through N.Sudan.

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  • 30 December 2012 07:52, by pacoto

    peace in s.sudan and sudan didn’t come through military but through dialogue.the victims of the defence are the descriminated poor soldiers whose children are within the c’try. the so called cabinet s’ld stop poor arrangement.

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  • 30 December 2012 11:15, by Northern Sudanese

    HAHAHAAHAHAAHAHAHAHA you insects are a joke haahahahaa, these are the same claims and words you have been using for years. you never defeated any sudanese army, when you invade a place for some time and the army kicks you out, that doesn’t mean you won!
    you are losers hahaahahaahahaa

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    • 1 January 2013 00:08, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

      Northern Sudan, pack up your stuffs and leave for middle east! Forget about our oil passing through that damn desert land. This summer of 2013 is the bad one for you all sons of bitches. We’re coming to Khartoum soon, leave white Nile a lone. Don’t run to your motha f...cka U.N later if we over run Khartoum, okay? Do not deceive weakest army.

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  • 30 December 2012 14:04, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

    Hey North Sudan you are wrong, South Sudan for ground forces in Africa is the best plus Ethiopia armies. don’t siad that ur armies kick S.S forces, If the UN was not ordered us, now u can stay in Soudi-Aran.
    again time is coming for war u will not be in Khartoum this year my dear, Really back African thinks for U arab. SLM, SPLA-N and S.Sudan Army force is coming soon.

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