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Machar says Ugandan jet bombed S. Sudan rebel positions


December 27, 2013 (LONDON) – South Sudan’s former vice-president Riek Machar on Friday claimed a Ugandan-owned jet fighter bombed Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) positions occupied by forces loyal to him.

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A South Sudan army soldier rests in Bor town, after its recapture on December 25, 2013 a week after the town fell to rebels loyal to rebel leader Riek Machar.(Photo Reuters/James Akena)

Machar, in an interview with Sudan Tribune, said a Ugandan MiG-29 bombed their positions around South Sudan’s Jonglei state capital, Bor, which they temporarily captured before it was retaken by forces loyal to president Salva Kiir.

“Our positions around Jonglei state capital, Bor, have been bombed by MiG [29] jet fighter of the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) at around 2pm", Machar said.

We don’t yet know the number of casualties, he added.

The ex-deputy president condemned what he described as interference by Ugandan forces into South Sudan’s internal affairs.


Machar has since condemned air raids against his forces by helicopter gunships allegedly belonging to the Ugandan army, which reportedly backs government forces.

Uganda, however, denies providing military support to the SPLA and insisted it only sent troops to rescue its nationals trapped in South Sudan’s outbreak of violence.

’’No Ugandan planes are in Bor nor are there any Ugandan planes that have been shot,’’ Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesman told Sudan Tribune last week.

Gen. Katumba Wamala, the army chief of staff also denied his army’s alleged involvement in the conflict, which threatens peace and stability in South Sudan.

“Bor is a couple of miles from Juba, unless we posses supernatural powers, we couldn’t have moved that fast”, he tweeted in response to a journalist’s query.


Machar further said he was ready for regionally supported peace talks with president Kiir, pending the release of his colleagues detained in Juba. Two of the detainees have, however, been released while the fate of nine others remains unknown.

President Kiir said he would talk, but without preconditions.

On Thursday, Ethiopian prime minister, Haile-mariam Desalegn and Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, held talks in Juba with president Kiir, urging for the peace talks to begin soon.

Machar announced he had already appointed his delegation to the talks led by the imprisoned former ruling party (SPLM) secretary general, Pagan Amum Okiech, to end the ongoing rapidly spreading violence and submitted the list of his delegates to the mediators.


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  • 28 December 2013 07:52, by omoni jr.

    Are you serious for bringing my cousin in UGANDA to involves in our political and tribals affairs????

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    • 28 December 2013 08:40, by Majongdit

      The day Dinka accepts to fight the Nuer, the last destination would be Ethiopia.

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      • 28 December 2013 11:13, by Bentiu son

        Majongdit,if you cowards accept to face Nuer warriors in war,WHY IMPORTED MERCENARIES FROM UGANDA TO DEFENSE YOUR TRIBAL LEADER Salva Kiir and GENOCIDAL REGIME Who KILLED OUR HERO DR JOHN GARANG? BAAAAAAAAAAAW! COWARDS,ten times Dinkas can’t face Nuer in war-field without outsiders’ help.What a shame womanizers? Who cares with you mercenaries?

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        • 28 December 2013 11:33, by Rommel

          Bentiu son:
          Ah, I see, your moral code would never allow your people to stoop so low as to solicit and receive military assistance in your wars against the Dinka. Do you recall the thirteen [13] years [1991 to 2004] in which the Dinka were subjected to aerial bombardment and artillery fire from your allies in Khartoum!?

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          • 28 December 2013 11:35, by Rommel

            Do you recall the decades in which you defended oilfields on behalf of the Arab oligarchy? Do you recall how you were so desperately reliant upon their weapons, ammunition, supplies, logistical support and food relief? Do you recall the military engagements that you executed in tandem with Khartoum?

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            • 28 December 2013 11:36, by Rommel

              Allow me to cite for you the work of an historian:
              Throughout the fighting, not one war casualty was admitted to the Nasir hospital. Riek’s troops sat idle as Khartoum pushed back the Dinka. The results of Riek’’s sell-out to Khartoum could not have been more glaring. The Dinka suffered mightily. (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, scott peterson)

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              • 28 December 2013 11:39, by Rommel

                When Khartoum’s aircraft bombed the Dinka for thirteen [13] years following your defection, operating in tandem with your militias on the ground... was that not cowardice!? Or do you suppose that you are entitled to an exemption from the demands of a moral code that you don’t actually prescribe to!?

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                • 28 December 2013 12:03, by Rommel

                  You had an alliance with Khartoum that absolutely devastated the Dinka population, and so you’re in no position to complain. You seem to want a moral code that swings like an erratic pendulum from group to group, hitting some and favouring others at the whim of any given moment. Here’s what Riek’s alliance with Khartoum did to just one [1] of the thirteen [13] Dinka sections:

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                  • 28 December 2013 12:04, by Rommel

                    The massacre was not the end of the tragedy in Bor, however. An estimated 100, 000 people fled the area following the attack, and after many of the villages had been burnt to the ground. According to Amnesty International, famine brought about by looting and the destruction of crops and livestock killed a further 25, 000 people, many of them children. ( South Sudan Max Lovell-Hoare)

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                    • 28 December 2013 12:12, by Rommel

                      Did you read the above!? Estimates vary, but at least 2000-5000 civilians died directly at the hands of Riek’s militias. We then lost a further 25, 000 civilians in ’Bor’ due to the attendant infirmities of disease and artificial famine, as a consequence of the depredations that Riek wrought upon ’Bor’.

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                      • 28 December 2013 17:28, by hellonearth

                        go fuck yourself you piece of shit

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              • 28 December 2013 18:15, by choldit

                Romal, you being little yourself so much in defence of Dinka. The Juba massacre of Nuer is undeniable. The worse part of it is committed by "Republic guard" using public resources, with whose order? You name it. As for Ugandan army, I couldn’t believe if someone were telling me you are seeing it a good action. What are they helping govt to accomplice? Murdering in cold blood more Nuer?

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        • 29 December 2013 14:37, by mathem jech amer

          bentiu son
          Dr John Garang is a hero to all tribes in S.Sudan except Nuers.Riek rebelled against Garang in 1991 and killed his Bor People, how can he be Riek hero?

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      • 28 December 2013 16:02, by yong madhal

        Bravo the intergovernmental authority for calling up all the those anti-government for the political dialogue to solve the problem Riek machar should face the ICC for the crime against humanity machar must accept before thing become worst

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    • 28 December 2013 09:14, by Sir King

      Dear all, I am a Dinka by tribe but surely, I don’t support ongoing violence. I know we blame both leaders and mostly this thickminded President of Gogrial cattle keeper. South Sudan is really unlucky nation to be rule by a village and illiterate guy who does not think at all. What Dr. Machar demands are few things as: term limmit, working within constitution, support of democracy etc. Why should

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      • 28 December 2013 09:22, by Sir King

        .... Dr. Machar should be supported for fighting against dictatorship but condemn for instigating violence. Please South Sudanese have to consider one thing here, dictatorship is an enmy that murders everybody here but lack of education or illiteracy is the major problem in South Sudan else we wouldn,t be supporting dictatorial tendency here but support for fact.

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        • 28 December 2013 16:09, by yong madhal

          dear mr SIR KING am very pity for the comments but ican,t blame you but iblame God for having create you with no value you are "worse than adog’why support Riek your mother husband man fucker and stagnant person God bless you demn

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    • 29 December 2013 06:49, by Mayom County Boy

      Am asking Dr Riek Machar
      where is your friend gunship
      let them help you to bomb salva kiir position
      don,t cry for that just call your friends to assist you to fight salva kiir !
      no matter uganda helicopter gunship bomb your forces
      in Bor please call your friends to assist you with Jet not gunship like what was did by uganda goverment !

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  • 28 December 2013 08:21, by K1 Family

    Though the government denies Uganda gunship, it’s true besides, Uganda has nowhere to sell their matoke rather than involving in wiping out rebel to have Juba market secure for Nyabos.

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  • 28 December 2013 08:33, by dude

    Dr.Machar look for Anti aircraft gun from your friends. You can shoot it down that is the only way you can defeat Uganda and president Kiir. On the ground they are useless. They can not face mighty Nuer on the ground. Useless people.

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  • 28 December 2013 08:55, by barbayo

    Peter Gadet was killed in Bor with numbers of rebels

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    • 28 December 2013 09:39, by The rock

      peter Gadet is killed n Riek should know that his a considered criminal would wide n he should not be superised seeing US airforce a tacking them sooner then later, Mr. Riek ya the most stupidest educated Nuer I evere known , how on earth could ya think ya can do it alone by killing innocent poor civilian in cold blooded genocide? not al nuer brothers are loyal to ya including Gen James koang whic

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    • 28 December 2013 09:42, by The rock

      con. including Gen James koang which ya cheated that government is killing nuer in juba?yes ya r a learned person more than mr. President but ya so stupid enough to be set up by him against the south sudan people, please admit that ya stupid n let go this one.......

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    • 28 December 2013 13:02, by Bentiu son

      Gogrial thieves,you idiots will kiss your own grave before Judi Iraq aka tiger M-Gen Peter Gatdet Yak.Our Hero Peter Gatdet is alive,well n healthy at de moment.Nothing bad had happened to him don’t believes the rumors brew by your liar Makuei Ngooth.Dinka for ur info,we had reached deadlock,no peace talk, no ceasefire,no reconciliation till Salva Kiir declare dead or captured alive.

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    • 28 December 2013 18:48, by chol

      Is this evil called Gadet for sure dead.I will be more happy bro and Machar should be next hopefully soon.
      Chol Y

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  • 28 December 2013 09:10, by barbayo

    this alasson to any rebels in South Sudan who turned against his poeple,jets and gunship belong to south sudan,just for teching the rebels

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  • 28 December 2013 09:47, by Kiir

    Dinka are seconnd Ladies in the World, does why Uganda wanted to help Salva Kiir with personel and airforce. Uganda sent 4000 troop to Bor and 6000 troop to protect Kiir in Juba. Museveni wants to bring the activities of his colleague Joseph Kony of LRA to South Sudan.
    It had happened in Juba this week Dinka members in SPLA had fed Nuer members with meat of human being. No peace at all

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    • 29 December 2013 06:08, by choldit

      Things we still hear done in Juba at the watch of UNMISS are unbelievable. Nuer still being kill in Juba while the war going on in the states is abt the angered generals whose families kill by Dinkas in Juba.
      I heard that the UNMISS and Ugandan forces are being send to Bor to help the army there from SPLA soldiers loyal to Dr. Riek leaving the UNMISS cmpds in Juba to be stormed by Dinkas.

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  • 28 December 2013 09:57, by Kiir

    Uganda want to increase more violence in South Sudan and I am sure Salva will regret later on if he will listening to Museveni. Museveni will never Deploy Ugandan troop to every County, Dinka will not move to Nuer areas to buy cows, food, look for jobs in oil rich areas of Nuer. There will be no free movement. No peace

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    • 28 December 2013 10:13, by The rock

      oil rich areas belongs to government n that why international community is fighting rebels world wide just natural resources belongs to the nation not nuer or dinka, ya said ya will take over the oil revenues n go on with gvt agreements on oil.....hahaha how woul ya do that bro, where r nuer engineers? ya so call new governor said workers fleet off but nuer are there y not go on with the work? if

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    • 28 December 2013 10:28, by Rommel

      As usual, you people engage in lies and contrive figures in your attempt (s) to distort reality. I hate to break it to you, but most of South Sudan’s oil fields and reserves are in Dinka territory — not Nuer.

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      • 28 December 2013 10:33, by Rommel

        Paloich -on its own- [in the Dinka county of Melut] provides 80% of South Sudan’s oil production, and that’s the case even when one disregards the Melut and Adar-Yale oilfields —also in Dinka counties. The largest and most productive oil fields in Unity State are in Pariang and Biemmnom counties — Dinka counties. Here they are: Toor, Toma south, Nar, Alhar and Manga.

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        • 28 December 2013 10:36, by Rommel

          If we wanted to consider lands occupied by the North, we would then have to add oilfields like Bamboo, Bamboo-west, "Taiyib", Toma, Garaad and finally "Heglig" as lands belonging to the Ruweng and Panaruu Dinka. Parts of Unity oilfield are in Pariang county. Out of the seven [7] *significant* oilfields in Unity State, only two [2] are within Nuer territory — Tharjiath and parts of Unity.

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          • 28 December 2013 10:42, by Rommel

            The largest and most productive oil fields in Upper Nile State are Paloich, Melut and Adar-Yale - all within Dinka territory. The Dinka territories of Unity state purportedly account for up to 75% of that State’s oil production. I was quite certain that I disabused all of you of the unfounded belief that the oil reserves of this Nation reside within your tribal territory.

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            • 28 December 2013 10:45, by Rommel

              *Some* of you constantly subject us to the spiel about how you are feeding our young Nation with your oil. It is not your oil — it belongs to the country as a whole, even as it’s extracted from Dinka lands. Every citizen deserves equal access to this wealth... and that necessarily means equal access to schools, hospitals, roads, clean drinking water and access to the political environment.

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              • 28 December 2013 11:36, by Konkooc

                Thanks for telling those stupid nuers that the 85% of oil they talk about fall on Dinka Land. Now they destroy unity tharjath oil but Oil in Upper Nile Dinka land Melut count Paloch and Adar oil field will not be touch by them. is now protected by SPLA and the Dinka who owned that land

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              • 28 December 2013 20:14, by Kenyang

                Thanks for details and clarifications. Some must now be disappointed. For some of these fools, Riek Machar is a Dr. & everyone in South Sudan likes him, Nuer owns everything (food, oil ...) & is the only bravest, everyone else is cowards. They’ll live tell world doesn’t revolve around village myths.

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    • 28 December 2013 18:49, by choldit

      Kirr, is not about the Nuer. It is abt our sovereignty. How can a nation invite another to intervene in its ethnic cleaning. Didn’t the Ugandan see the Juba massacre on the Nuer committed by the very people who suppose to protect them, the republic guard?
      What do the Ugandan think will be the end game? Current govt forever? I think not! For sure the Ugandan will not always be our import route.

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  • 28 December 2013 12:13, by American Missile.

    People should not dragged Uganda government to our problems that One Nuer thought of taking power by forces instead of Democracy.
    When you have Money and assuming Soldiers that you have, makes one stupid.
    God know you better, it won’t allowed you to destroy this country,just like the way you think,it would be.

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    • 28 December 2013 13:13, by Bentiu son

      American Missile,idiot,we Nuer v Dinkas had already reached deadlock,No peace talk under poor IGADD leaders who sided with Kiir’s brutal regime before peace talk begin, No ceasefire, No reconciliations n No proposed power share with genocidal Dinka President Kir Mayardiit who murdered 4000 innocent Nuer due to his political rivalry with Dr Machar who hails from Nuer.Nuer detected IGAD conspiracy.

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      • 28 December 2013 18:36, by choldit

        Bentiu son,
        The real problem now are those money lovers bought by govt in expense of the blood of nuers killed in Juba. I have no idea on what base Buay Rolnyang, Gony Beliu and stupid Mut in Maiwut and Kun Pouch are killing the Nuer on?
        Do they have and reason why the Nuer being kill in Juba or just they are looking at the money? These guys are real fools amongst the Nuer’!

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  • 28 December 2013 17:42, by dude

    Kim Deng
    that is good news that they are marching toward malakal. We are now also moving toward Bor. We have 36,000 Lou Nuer Youth with heavy guns. We are all prepared for Salva Kiir. Please do your part in Malakal. We are going.

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    • 28 December 2013 19:05, by Maguangdit

      Terrorists Kim Deng and Dude,
      Your criminal Riak and his team shouldn’t fool Nuer youth to kill themselves. This madness must stop!

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      • 28 December 2013 20:42, by Kenyang

        If you would have to believe everything they say, these bravest men wouldn’t had left Juba, Bor (aka Ngung Deeng City) in first place. Nuer youth can be fooled to wage unnecessary war but they will learn it hard way the fine line between 1991 and 2014.

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    • 29 December 2013 05:33, by Bentiu son

      Bravo Kim Deng,Kiir’s Guelwengs militias had waken for themselves sleeping lions unknowingly,we Bentiu Nuer had already done our homework.Yesterday those unintegrated militias of sellout Nuer son Lt Gen Bapiny Monytuil forces were destroyed after refused a peaceful approach to integrated his forces to our gallant forces whom liberated Unity State from genocidal militias of Dinka President Kiir M

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      • 29 December 2013 05:43, by Bentiu son

        . All their big dead weaponizes were captured in good conditions.Now!Unity State is free from Salva Kiir’s Militias. We had already reached the point of No u-turn at all, No peace talk with Salvan n his goons,No ceasefire,No reconciliation while 4000 Nuer were in mass graves while uncompensated N power share with Dinka tribal President Kiir Mayardit lool, till Mighty Nuer warriors chased them away

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  • 28 December 2013 20:25, by Axios

    Well said Rommel. In truth all this tribal fighting for power and oil revenue is becoming tiresome. We should be investing in education and raising critical thinkers; instead of arming our youths to kill each other. Tribalism is a bushman’s dogma we need to promote nationality and move past this.

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  • 29 December 2013 04:52, by tootke’bai-ngo


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  • 29 December 2013 06:29, by Jalaby

    Idiot Museveni does not have MIG29 and he probably bombed Machar troop by MIG 23 & Sukhoi 30!!
    Uganda air force does not have MIG29 jet fighter among their squadron of warplanes, very few countries in Africa that have MIG29 like Sudan, Ethiopia, Algeria,etc but Uganda does not have it.
    Idiot Museveni does not trust Machar and he suspects him

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    • 29 December 2013 06:35, by Jalaby

      of some how he has some ties with LRA, remember Machar was a mediator between Ugandan government and LRA and he gave LRA few money when he hosted their leaders in Juba and that made Museveni very angry and questioned Machar about the money he gave them,Machar proposal was rejected by dictator Museveni because he believes in security solution only while Machar believes

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      • 29 December 2013 06:42, by Jalaby

        in political solution.
        I believe Museveni gave himself the right to intervene in S Sudan issues all the time and gave himself the veto to keep his front yard (S Sudan) under his custody!
        Well,Mr. Kiir should know that Museveni will never bring his army and fight with SPLA for free but that will come under very high prices and Mr. Kiir might not be able to pay him back

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