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S. Sudan rebels claim further victories in Unity state


April 19, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese rebels have announced further victories over the government troops in the Unity state, days after taking full control of the state capital, Bentiu, as well as Unity oilfields.

SPLA soldiers get off of a pick-up truck in Bentiu, Unity state January 12, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

The government confirmed that the rebels led by the former vice president, Riek Machar, had taken the control of the town since Tuesday.

Rebel military spokesperson based in Unity state, Lt. Col Peter Riek Gew, however told Sudan Tribune on Friday that the opposition forces have again captured Leer county, home of the rebel leader, Machar, southeast of Bentiu town.

He further said that they have also recaptured Tharjiath oilfields, the remaining oilfields in the state located in Koch county, about 40km south of Bentiu.

"Our forces have now taken full control of Leer county, Mirmir and Tharjiath oilfields in the operations to clear the state from the pro-Salva Kiir soldiers and their foreign mercenaries,” he told Sudan Tribune by phone from Bentiu.

He said the government forces in those areas were retreating towards Bahr el Ghazal region.

The SPLA spokesperson is not reachable for comment, despite several attempts.

Military sources in the area claimed their positions had been under sustained rebel attack since Thursday afternoon, despite SPLA receiving huge reinforcement from its fifth and third divisions in West and Northern Bahr el Ghazal, where headquarters are located.

The rebel spokesperson further added that fighting was also going on in Mayom county, west of Bentiu, as the rebels wanted to control the bordering town on the road to Warrap state.

Another attempt by the government forces was repulsed at Pariang junction on Friday as they tried to head to Bentiu from the northern direction, the rebels said.

The rebels claimed they killed 57 government in that confrontation, adding that the opposition forces were on their way to Pariang county in the far north, which borders Sudan.

Rebels say if the IGAD-mediated peace process fails in Addis Ababa, they intend to clear the whole of Upper Nile region during the rainy season and take the fight to the national capital, Juba, and Bahr el Ghazal region.

Well informed sources in Juba say the government was planning to deploy more troops in Warrap state as they expect that rebels would seek to intensify attacks during the wet seasons.

Currently, there is a combined presence of South Sudan army and Ugandan UPDF forces in Upper Nile and Equatoria regions, fighting against the rebels.

In his recent visit to Addis Ababa, president Kiir reportedly urged the regional governments to quickly deploy the suggested forces to South Sudan to protect government’s vital installations.

Last month, Kenyan foreign ministry rejected to contribute troops in the IGAD force and instead declared this week it was sending 300 more troops to add to its 700 contingent already serving in the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).


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  • 19 April 2014 09:37, by Bentiu son

    Allah Wabar!Allah Wabar!(God is Great)and congratulation to our gallantry freedom fighters aka SPLA in Opposition led by charismatic and democratic leader Dr Riek Machar Teny.Job well done comrades and thanks for liberating our innocent civilians whom experienced hardship,suffering in bushes, killings,raping and intimidation from Salva Kiir brutal regime.Please,go and liberate Bahr el Ghazal regio

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    • 19 April 2014 10:21, by Tong dut

      Kill all ugandan and Dinkas you captured,What happened at
      Bor was useless.
      Never capture any ugandan and Dinkas any more,The go to warrap,there is a good news there.
      Their boss will take off soon.

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  • 19 April 2014 09:41, by Mi diit

    Well, I love the coming wet season during which Uganda’s technology will become absolete and useless. Mrs Akiir’s begging in Addis for protection went in vain.

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    • 19 April 2014 10:02, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Ah! Ah, I laugh with English language. I always reminded those who celebrated the killing of Nuer civilians in Juba that the worse part of this war is yet to come. Those who celebrated in the first place have to weep this time and those who mourned must begin to celebrated. I am a bit worried when the war reach Warrap in the next few weeks, no stone will be left unturned. Prepare for Dust Storm Op

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      • 19 April 2014 10:36, by Chol A.

        To all sons of Nyagat, don’t just dance here yet there are worst to come by which some of you might not comments on this websit soon.

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        • 19 April 2014 10:41, by Bentiu son

          Chol A,Bor orphan wait for the worse which shall knock your door soon.Dinka Bor South chronic hatred,jealous envy,crimes and Nuerphobia had hijacked the government of foolish Dinka Bahr el Ghazal region unnoticed. Well drag ur fools to hells we are coming to Bor whereby no single stone will be left unturned,you do run when u see white army and feel brave when see Nuer civilians.What a cowardice

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    • 19 April 2014 11:32, by Rommel

      Mi diit:
      What aspect of Uganda’s ’technology’ will become ’obsolete’ during the wet season? You seem to think that tanks and IFVs are rendered ’obsolete’ by wet season conditions. You are mistaken. Let me show you why.

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      • 19 April 2014 11:46, by Rommel

        In what universe are battle tanks rendered useless in muddy conditions!? MBTs and IFVs have caterpillar tracks — which affords them the capability to operate in mud, snow and sand. Plus I recall that we were able to dislodge you from Bor and Panyagor in the counterattacks of 1991, without the Ugandans.

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        • 19 April 2014 11:58, by Rommel

          While it’s undoubtedly true that wheeled vehicles cannot operate in mud, snow and sand... this problem isn’t at all insurmountable; Wheeled vehicles can be outfitted with ’mattracks’ [caterpillar tracks] or can be outfitted with the infinitely cheaper option > all terrain, mud tractor tyres. Necessity is the mother of invention an innovation.

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          • 19 April 2014 12:01, by Rommel

            Aircraft [not tanks] are the most effective, potent and far reaching platforms on the battlefield. The Ugandans have only deployed three [3] to four [4] battalions in South Sudan - interspersed in Central Equatoria, Jonglei and Western Equatoria. The Ugandans can withdraw boots from the ground, but the ’government’ can easily rent their aircraft — to be flown by Russian and Polish ex-pilots.

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            • 19 April 2014 13:00, by Mi diit

              Good to console yourselves. However, let us wait and see how the terrains in South Sudan will look like for Uganda technology in the next few months of wet season.

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              • 19 April 2014 13:19, by Rommel

                Mi diit:
                Do you realise that you’re not speaking the Nuer language? To ’console’ is to offer words of comfort in light of a terrible situation, in opposition to facts. You are under the impression that main battle tanks and IFVs will be inoperable in the rainy season. This is not only incorrect, it’s a feature of wishful thinking.

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                • 19 April 2014 14:10, by Rommel

                  Tanks and IFVS operate well in any terrain, in any season. Wheeled vehicles are the only platforms that will be negatively affected by deep mud and rough terrain, but even then, wheeled vehicles can be outfitted with add-ons to help them operate in any terrain. Why do you act as though the upcoming rainy season will be the first time that we will engaged you in the rainy season?

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        • 19 April 2014 13:45, by Makjohnson

          I doubt that there are still Dinka pretend to be knocking chess to protect Salva’s government this time. I know you put all your hope on UPDF forgetting about the only interests of money always end up with the business itself. No money, no UPDF and all the cowards Dinka soldiers will defense no where against mighty Nuer. I know Dinka-Bor and Padang will never return to Greater Upper Nile.

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          • 19 April 2014 14:15, by Rommel

            Where were the Ugandans when we routed you from our lands and penetrated deep into Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod in the counterattacks of 1991-2-3-4!? Your delusions will be your undoing.

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            • 19 April 2014 14:17, by Rommel

              Is Kuol Manyang a Ugandan? Or do suppose that he was Ugandan when when Dinka soldiers under his command defeated Riek’s troops in a large and unforgettable battle at Gut-Makur, a village just outside Mongalla. Riek’s forces were then defeated at Wuor Baar. Our forces then entered Dinka territory at Gem, defeated all opposing forces in Nuer territory at Kuac Deng...

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              • 19 April 2014 14:18, by Rommel

                .. With Riek’s forces experiencing defeat after being pursued, hounded and cut down as far as Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod... so by all means lie, boast, thump your chest, jump up and down and so forth — but know that we have experienced and endured infinitely more challenging tasks and circumstances before.

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  • 19 April 2014 11:32, by Majongdit

    The Sudan Tribune rebel reporter with his usual lies. Lies to beg for peace and position for in Addis.

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  • 19 April 2014 15:35, by Fact Nonsense

    I’m seriously blaming Kiir and the entire government for not allowing massive Dinka youth to involve in this so-called war. Extremism is escalating from Dinka youth and nuer will live to regret their ill-intention of causing this war. The ticking bomb will soon exploit and pretenders will soon perish in mass numbers try Bar-el-ghazal just once and you fools will see what crazy youth are.

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    • 19 April 2014 16:02, by Rommel

      Fact Nonsense:
      You [the people of Bahr el Ghazal] should get rid of Salva Kiir. His time is up. He is a disgrace, not only to you but to Muonjang as a whole. This war must end, but if there is even the slightest possibility that this war concludes with Riek as President, then the war must continue. Conscription should be undertaken in the Dinka areas of Greater Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile.

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