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S. Sudan rebels claim to have taken partial control of Malakal


February 18, 2014 (JUBA) – Sources from the South Sudanese rebels claimed to have recaptured much of the strategic oil-rich town of Malakal on Tuesday morning, adding that the whole state capital will be under their full control in a matter of hours.

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SPLA forces in the flashpoint town of Malakal in Upper Nile state (Reuters)

The sources further claimed Ugandan warplanes from Juba, the South Sudanese capital launched air attacks against the rebels around the Upper Nile state capital.

A Sudan Tribune reporter in the South Sudan capital said he saw military jet fighters on Tuesday taking off from Juba Airport and headed towards Malakal, a strategic town located 497km north-east of Juba.

“Our positions came under attacks by the government forces outside Malakal this morning and we had to strike back and pushed them back into Malakal. We have now recaptured about 70% of Malakal city and moving on,” said a military commander around Malakal who preferred anonymity because he was unauthorised to speak on behalf of the rebels.

Philip Aguer, the South Sudanese army (SPLA) spokesperson told Sudan Tribune that Malakal has, since Tuesday morning, been a scene of intense ongoing clashes.

"We do not have full information at the moment, but we shall know the clear information in the next three hours", Aguer said by phone and blamed the attack on forces loyal to South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar.

Toby Lanzer, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan confirmed the outbreak of hostilities in Malakal between rebels and government troops.

"All parties engaged in the violence must uphold people’s rights and protect non-combatants," he tweeted Tuesday.


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  • 18 February 2014 08:26, by Jalaby

    Oh my Goodness, this is like Tom & Jerry game as I said before!

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    • 18 February 2014 08:48, by Tong dut

      Let Kiir sent his ugandan dogs to recature it.

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      • 18 February 2014 08:54, by Sir King

        Please Dr.Riek rebels, if you want to win, don’t be killing civilians. Use Dr. John Garang methods of liberation and Kiir will use his style.
        Please INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, hurry up and form Interim administration to save lives!!!!!!

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        • 18 February 2014 09:34, by Mapuor

          Sir King
          No interim administration.Nyagaats are already defeated.SPLA is in full control of Malakal.Am now talking to a person who is in Malakal

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          • 18 February 2014 09:49, by Sir King

            Interim Administration must be there otherwise, you must be in position to accept UN TRUSTEESHIP. Which one is better for us with Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar?

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          • 18 February 2014 11:14, by choldit

            Mapuor, u are played by ur frnd in Malakal. The city is alrdy taken. The SPLA-kirr n UPDF are chased into their own planed minefield. Gathajumubi area. They are being killed by their own planed mines hahaha....haha. The SPLA- Riek determined to chase kirr militias N UPDF remains to Ethiopia. Adar n Paloch oil fields are being evacuated as we speak by Dinka. Kirr is weighing his exit strategy.

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    • 19 February 2014 08:04, by Johndumo14

      This is not the first time the rebels claim to have taken control of Malakal.
      The are coming to kill and loot some food,in fews hours or days ,you will hear another story!!
      This time the gov.troops will flush them out and even Nasir is the next target!!

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  • 18 February 2014 08:26, by Jalaby

    Oh my Goodness, this is like Tom & Jerry game as I said before!

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    • 18 February 2014 08:31, by Jalaby

      What shall SPLA and Ugandan army do when it starts to rain during the autumn season? they can’t move their heavy weapons to fight the rebel and the road between Uganda and south Sudan will be out of reach due to heavy rains as usually happens!!!
      Ugandan army cannot cover the whole south and will soon be exhausted!

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      • 18 February 2014 08:39, by Jalaby

        As Arab/Jalaba, we told Mr. Kiir and his Dinka people that we’re not gonna participate in this war, we are not mercenaries who can be hired for just few oil or money!
        I am not sure how much you guys pay for Ugandan army per each hour but I am very sure Ugandans are very cheap and that won’t exceed the minimum wage in US which I believe around $7.78 per hour!

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        • 18 February 2014 08:54, by Jalaby

          Look guys, I am telling you the truth, no one is going to win this war, exactly like Tom & Jerry game, they fight each other all the time, have you ever seen Tom eating Jerry? anyone killed the other and claimed the victory? that’s the exact situation in the south and the war will continue and civilians will suffer the most and will pay the high price!

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          • 18 February 2014 08:57, by Jalaby

            Whether you like it or hate, South Sudan should be put under the international and UN trusteeship, that’s the only solution!!

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          • 18 February 2014 10:12, by Yuol

            a cattle calls pot black, you seem to tell alot about South Sudan War, how about Darfur, Kordofan in Sudan. your better shut up your filthy mouth in our affairs

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      • 18 February 2014 11:42, by jubaone

        Your assessement is right. Just as NCP/NIF could not cover the entire South during the 21 yrs how can a weak SPLA do that? The best now is just formation of Interim govt. and the problem is solved.

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    • 18 February 2014 08:34, by Sir King

      Oh my God. Please hurry up form the INTERIM ADMINISTRATION and we are gone. Kiir has spoiled our country and Riek is there killing continuously. Please help us, Ban Ki Moon and Obama. Please take your Uganda troops out of our country, they are using CLUSTER BOMBS Against our civil populations.

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    • 18 February 2014 08:36, by michael coma

      I know Mii dit is James Gatdet Dak.Where do you gets your news from?James Gatdet Dak or Mii dit,please we have knew you from today on word that you are Riek’s spokesperson.

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      • 18 February 2014 08:48, by Mi diit

        Ahahahaaaaaaa... Oh my God!

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      • 18 February 2014 08:57, by Bentiu son

        BREAKING NEWS.An hour ago our freedom fighters are now fully control the capital of Upper Nile State-Malakal the Gelweng militias/SPLA soldiers perished on hands of White Army.In other development Unity State Bentiu is besieged from its all corners soon good fabulous news will comes there.We have optimistic that at the end of this month will clear Greater Upper Nile State region.

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        • 18 February 2014 13:12, by Kalo

          Son of Bentiu,you control but final you will destroyed like Bentiu,Leer and ran away,useless war better for peace,you have not objectives for fighting and you cannot both of you cannot win the battle.

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          • 18 February 2014 16:39, by Oppressor

            Kalo i feel sorry for young man like you who still doesn’t know the reality of been A man a kind of real man who’s responsible unfortunately killing innocent is not so strange to u coz u are adopt killing ur own Nuba while u claim that u are fighting for their own interest but Nuer rbave fighters will kill all HIV + Mercenaries soon so get ready to die...

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            • 18 February 2014 19:35, by Kalo

              Soldier&oppressor,u need to understand that if we help Salva,Ugandan will not be there coz,when we were with Garang in 1990s,Riek plus other Gens.rebelled final failed becoz we persuaded them upto Khartoum,Riek and Late William Nyoun knew us very well,you can asked Piang Deng,Oyai Deng,James Huth and James Kong rebel,they knew what we did in SS,but now we have only enemy you jalabas fuck u.

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            • 18 February 2014 19:42, by Kalo

              cont,Solider plus Oppressor,the good news now the peace talk failed and your poor defense minster announce the war after seeing Popular defend force forgetting 1300 vehicles of Jan weed disappear in Toroji,some end up in Elobed fucking arabs women after paying 15m USD,move to Darfur,ask Mulana Ahmed Haroun if i am lair.

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  • 18 February 2014 08:49, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Government should cancel this peace talk, and should treate Riak Machar miliarily instead of double standard talks of peace.

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  • 18 February 2014 09:08, by Marco Bul

    Laugh nyagät,laugh.But be prepared to run to Khartoum and Gambella with bloody noses.You will lost all your cattle to Murle went Ayod,Waat,Nasir and Akobo are deserted.

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  • 18 February 2014 09:11, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Why Rebels are laughing? Is just a matter of times for government to flush them back. Even them are not in midle of Malakal town, they are out, behind the river west bank. Dak Kueth house was destroyed, in Jonglei state, Riek Machar has no destiny accept to go to Malakal but too hard to live in, government will capture him whether is dead or alives. No worry. SPLA is there.

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  • 18 February 2014 09:26, by Joseph Canada


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    • 18 February 2014 10:02, by Malakal county Simon

      Congratulation!!!! to chaab of Upper Nile state for liberating Malakal from the hand of illegal president.... Our message to those upper Nile Dinkas, Please stay away from supporting unwanted president, or you will be the refugees for life in Uganda.....

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  • 18 February 2014 14:02, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Nuer people
    You are finishing yourselves alone in greater upper Nile for no reasons, FYI you will not and cannot and shall not defeat Dinka, forever and ever leave a side government of SS, please try to attack, one state in greater Bhar El gazal, you will see what will happen to you guys. Fools always listen through violence

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    • 18 February 2014 15:41, by Mi diit

      Greater Bahr el Ghazal will be the final dancing field after we exhaust Ugandans in Greater Upper Nile. Believe me, Ugandans will not help you in Bahr el Ghazal. They will get exhausted in Upper Nile and go back to Uganda. Then we shall see how we search for you door-to-door in your poor huts there. Just wait a minute, buddy.

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      • 18 February 2014 15:53, by Mapuor

        Nyagaats will never control even greater Upper Nile.All tribes in Upper Nile are against Nuers,Anyuak,Murlei,Maban,Dinka Padang,Jie and Kachipo do not want to see Nyagaat leading Upper Nile leave alone Monyjang land.Hahahahah camjiecne cike lac.Bia liu yendial.All thieves will never surface again in our country.Allutta continua

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        • 18 February 2014 15:55, by Mapuor

          Dear president, God is really with you. The coup was planned long ago, there were two groups:Rieks Nuers and Majak Agot/Oyai group.They recruited only their supporters to national security and all important positions in both the army,police,prisons etc.Riek used numbers of Nuers in SPLA.Majak/Oyai group employed variety of tactics including bribery with food and money. Now just make overhaul

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          • 18 February 2014 15:56, by Mapuor

            overhaul restructuring of the army, National security and all organized forces.SPLA OYEEEEE.Had it not been for Amiathnoon and Mathiang Anyoor those thugs would have succeeded.Watch out some are still in Juba and elsewhere.

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            • 18 February 2014 16:59, by Joseph Canada

              Mapuor, you shall not mention the name of the Lord in vein!!! How can you say that to someone who sell his own country to Uganda ? How can you even mention something like this to this? can’t you get it on that thick head bro? You seems to be Educated and grown up enough to tell the truth or at least something closed to the truth. I mean you make yourself no different that a Cow who just mows man!

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  • 18 February 2014 19:36, by Kim Deng
  • 18 February 2014 19:42, by Kim Deng

    The Mighty Nuer Warriors leader is addressing his warriors about their next move after capturing Malakal town.

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    • 19 February 2014 03:47, by maluach madit

      Kim, Riek is fighting for leadership and then Ngundeng as a vice president, isn’t it?.My brother, your own beliefs are your own thoughts with your white army.Dinka BEG whatever the name, has not accepted the war, trust me mate. if it happens, that is the day Nuer will have no map !!. We are here with some Nuers. Biologically, my gradmother is a nuer, which mean I dont even like their eradication.

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      • 19 February 2014 03:53, by maluach madit

        You are very much betraying your people as well as your country with your primitivisms usually says (the nuer warrior) as if you had never been taught in the class. I wonder, what a brain!

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