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South Sudanese army retakes Malakal from rebels: spokesperson


May 25, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese army (SPLA) has announced that its forces on Monday regained control of Malakal town, capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile state, more than one week after falling under the control of armed opposition fighters led by former vice-president, Riek Machar.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) patrol the streets in the Upper Nile state capital, Malakal, on 21 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Charles Lomodong)

SPLA spokesman Colonel Philip Aguer said the town was captured without incurring losses in the process.

“The SPLA forces today [Monday] successfully entered Malakal without losses. They are now in complete control of security situation in Malakal,” Aguer announced on Monday.

The military officer explained that the initial threat posed by the armed opposition allies to the oilfields “has been eliminated and the oil workers should now return to the area to resume production.”

He said government forces entered Malakal on Monday without a fight as rebel fighters were already allegedly neutralized on their attempt to go to Paloch.

“There was nobody to defend Malakal. The actual fighting took place on 23rd of this month when the rebels attempted to go to Paloch through Akoka but they met SPLA forces advancing towards Malakal and they were defeated,” he said.

“So they (armed opposition) became frustrated and the rest who remained behind in Malakal decided to abandon their position. And yesterday they started to leave the town because they knew our forces were coming. So today our forces entered Malakal at 8:30am,” Aguer further explained.

Several local residents and officials as well as members of internally displaced persons in Malakal town however told Sudan Tribune on Monday that they were not sure which of the forces was in control of the situation.

The SPLM-In-Opposition spokesperson was not reachable for comment.

The rebels jointly with Shilluk ethnic militia group led by Major General Johnson Olony captured Malakal on 16 May from government forces.


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  • 25 May 2015 21:32, by Lango2010

    I salute the SPLA soldiers who managed to squeeze heartless rebels out of Malakal. I regret the destruction rebels do always pertaining life and properties. If you kill civilians and destroyed the property, you are the evil of this country. The blood of innocent people will follow you till death.

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    • 25 May 2015 21:41, by Lango2010

      lonyo need to go back to Khartoum for more logistics before it is late, shame on you for betraying the Shilluk Kingdom. You were entrusted by The SPLA HQs to lead the Gallant force but you turned shit in the same dish you ate in. Your days are numbered, I doubt if you will survive in the hand of rebels, you are double/triple agent even with those rebels you are uncertain.

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    • 26 May 2015 03:47, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      The rebels need to be drop to one war zone, where the army will restrict their activities to that particular niche till they sign surrender documents.5 generals who are responsible for the most atrocities will either be hung or put behind bars for life.

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      • 26 May 2015 05:55, by Mi diit

        You people have foolish Generals. Entering an empty town should not be celebrated because there is something fishy there. You are lured in and encircled so that your logistics do not escape this time.

        Just wait for the next 24 hours and see what will happen.

        Philip Aguer is lying again about Paloich oilfields. Soon the oil will close down indefinitely.

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        • 26 May 2015 07:28, by Rommel

          Mi diit:

          Ah, so we have to wait for 24 hours? Isn’t that what the rebels said on the 19th? I recall the rebels saying that they would capture Paloich in 24 hours, but when the deadline came and passed, the rebels were nowhere to be seen.

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          • 26 May 2015 08:13, by Mi diit


            You are number one liar you people of Nyankiir Museveni.

            Malong last year said he will end the civil war in 30 days, but now over one year.

            Last time he also said he would recapture Malakal within days. It took him more than one week to wait for the rebels to withdraw and then enter without a fight.

            Your gunship shot in Melut, pilot dead, but your Aguer shamefully denied it. Liars!!

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            • 26 May 2015 08:19, by Rommel

              Mi diit:

              Stop lashing out like a child. I told you before that the truth is the first casualty of war, and that both sides have abused the truth; both sides have embellished, exaggerated, distorted and denied the truth. It’s interesting that you would have the gall to label others as liars when you are the most gratuitous liar on this site...

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              • 26 May 2015 08:26, by Rommel

                ..I don’t support Salva Kiir and his pathetic excuse of a government, and so I don’t understand why you are trying to confer the short-comings and vices of the Juba regime onto me. Ah, I get it, you’re desperate. You have personally proven yourself to be a liar... You resent this and so you are trying to project your reputation onto me.

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                • 26 May 2015 08:40, by Rommel

                  When I call you a liar, I am personally calling you out as an individual based on the many demonstrable instances in which you have embarrassed yourself with your penchant for lying. When you call me a liar... it is a knee-jerk reaction born out of embarrassment, desperation and moral and intellectual bankruptcy.

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                  • 26 May 2015 09:24, by Mi diit


                    The liar Rommel who lied he was only 23 years when fighting started in 2013 has now side to support now. I know you are a supporter of G-10 opportunists who work to ruin both Kiir and Machar and hope to pick up the remains like scavengers. My friend, your hope will not come. Now your group is joining you in Juba under Nyankiir Museveni again.

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                    • 26 May 2015 18:59, by Rommel

                      Mi Diit:

                      Why is the age I provided obviously a lie in your mind’s eye? Is it because that you [a blithering idiot] in your 30s cannot conceive of the possibility that someone in their 20s isn’t bedevilled by mediocrity, as you so obviously are? You really shouldn’t be using words like ’opportunists’ in a disparaging manner...

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                      • 26 May 2015 19:00, by Rommel

                        ..Because Riek is the biggest and most shameless ’opportunists’ our people have ever known. Given Riek’s extensive history of allying himself with Khartoum, don’t you *think* it’s a bit gauche for you to attack others by accusing them of being ’opportunists’? Ps: I don’t support any of the former detainees, but don’t let that ruin your amusing little rage fest.

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                        • 26 May 2015 19:01, by Rommel

                          All that your work amounts to is sloppy reasoning and wild minded speculations. Never before has so much effort been devoted to gaining so little knowledge; the primary point being demonstrated by you, is one of slow and obstinent learning. You want to debate, but don’t know how. *Sigh*... poor child.

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                          • 26 May 2015 19:01, by Rommel

                            Contrary to your childish ideations, the governing of the country isn’t some prize to be won. There are people in this country that are suitable for Executive Office... people that haven’t murdered a single human being... People like Dr Richard Mulla, Bishop Paride Taban, Peter Sule and many others.

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  • 26 May 2015 01:57, by Uncle J

    Lango2010, bravo bro. I don’t see what is fancy about becoming a rebel especially when civilians in rebel controlled areas are suffering like those living in ISIS land. Nuer rebels raping their own women tribe and setting fire on local huts as reported is so painful, I don’t know if Riek will make apology to his Nuer tribe like how he faked it dropping camel’s tears in Juba for Dinka Bor massacre.

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    • 26 May 2015 08:29, by Alfredo christiani

      You are a well-known lair of Sudantribune, last time you informed all commentators that you will not make any comments on this website if KIIR regime is not eliminated, now you returned to the website alone while KIIR still your president, what I knew you people will finish and some remains suffering forever if you don’t change

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      • 26 May 2015 09:50, by Mi diit


        Kiir’s elected term in office ended on 21st May, fool. He is no longer a president. He is mafia leader in Juba. This is why the freedom fighters will close down the oilfields because this is how to deal with a mafia leader. I came back celebrating the end of his term. He is now a volunteer criminal.

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  • 26 May 2015 02:55, by Kenyang

    "Short life victories" are over. Terrorists are on run to Khartoum again for life support.

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    • 26 May 2015 07:24, by Big Boy

      Dear Kenyan,
      I love your comments above, well I’m sure Rebels will be more hardline than our Government and prevent them from returning to Malk’l! A former friend of Malech believes the infamous jihadi Johnson Olony may have convinced him to move to Khartoum.

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  • 26 May 2015 05:44, by Kim Deng

    The MNW and their ally (Shilluk) need more weapons and ammo from Mr. King’s disciples who are lured to Malakal town for the 4th time.

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    • 26 May 2015 07:58, by Panda Odhie

      If I were Mi diit ,I can hung myself ,due to the loses they have incur and soon Pagak is fallen to the government ,the only place for them is Ethiopian hotels, Akobo remain only inch to be clear. Johnson and were laughing but it turn to crying and shocking news to Riek and his gangs, stupid human beings.

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      • 26 May 2015 08:17, by Mi diit

        Panda Odhie,

        And if I may ask what prevented you from hanging yourself when we last week captured Malakal, Dolieb hills, Akoka, Melut, gunned down gunship in Melut, pilot dead, captured all your stored weapons, etc?

        Oh, so you shouldn’t do it but you want us to do it, right?

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        • 26 May 2015 08:52, by Panda Odhie

          Mi diit
          As per today you are no longer to be seen, your evils group run accordingly as their legs are carrying them. There is no other hope again if you capture all the machine guns still you are defeated, don’t expected other more coming back to the town ,prepared your journey since Pagak is soon to be in hand of GVT forces

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        • 26 May 2015 09:13, by Force 1

          You capture what last week? Johnson Olony was with the government and turn rebel inside the town that’s not capturing. You have to be the dumbest man in the world to believe that as capturing of a town. You have to take the orders from the defend ministry that give up and hand over your guns or face death!

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          • 26 May 2015 09:27, by Mi diit

            The rebels captured Melut, gunned down gunship, pilot dead. They withdrew and Nyankiir forces entered. But Malaak Ayuen lied with a fake video.

            Good that Philip Aguer now said there was no fight in Malakal. They got empty town and entered like guests. I hope Malaak Ayuen will not tell soldiers to shoot in Malakal and record it to claim that they fought to recapture the town.

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            • 26 May 2015 17:20, by Force 1

              Why do you leave Malakal if you were capable of defending it? Fake 70% army leave town without a fight that explain a lot how bogus your claim is that you’re 70% of the army in South Sudan. If lies could capture anything; you South Sudan would have been under your control more than a year ago #DumbMidiit!

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  • 26 May 2015 10:24, by Augustino

    Haaaa where are Abel Adhardit And Aramadan Nike name John Justin I told you that you will never be happy as long as SPLA proper still in control and defensive. You are victims of political Identity who are always for power greedy manners. Abel is rebelling against his mother not the system. Go to heal and you will never be welcome to warrap leave alone Twic Mayardit area. You die outside the land

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