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S. Sudan army denies conducting offensives in rebel areas


Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers singing pro-war song (AFP file photo)
July 8, 2017 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army (SPLA) has dismissed reports claiming its troops carried out offensives at their main stronghold northeast of the country on Friday, forcing the United Nations to evacuate 25 aid workers amid escalating clashes.

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said there were growing fears for civilians caught up in fighting.

The SPLA spokesman Colonel Santo Domic Chol said taking control of the rebel headquarters would involve major operations which the general command has not organised and was not planning for.

“There is nothing like that so far. We had a briefing yesterday (Friday) and there was no report of fighting at Pagak. You very well that Pagak is the headquarters of the SPLM-IO, where they have their military equipment, weapons, ammunition and everything and going there requires a decision from the general command upon approval and directives coming from the government but as you also know, the president has declared a ceasefire which we are observing," said Chol.

He added, "So t it is not true unless the rebels of Riek Machar are planning to launch the attack on the position of our forces, then our forces will have the right to defence themselves”.

The military spokesman was reacting to reports, which quoted the armed opposition spokesman accusing government forces of having launched an attack towards their headquarters Pagak for about a week. But while the government denies advancement on the rebels’ stronghold, the spokesman rebel faction in government under Taban Deng Gai, confirmed the advancement and urged civilians to evacuate the town.

“Civilians in and around Maiwut n Pagak are asked to evacuate due to the peaceful advancement of the peace forces of the SPLA-IO under the leadership of Gen Taban Deng. Soon the peace loving people of Maiwut State will enjoy full peace and the long-awaited government services," said Agel Riing Machar.

Observers and local residents with knowledge of the general situation on the ground told Sudan Tribune that government troops acting in collaboration with the rebel faction allied to Gai were carrying out major offensives in greater Upper Nile region.

The recent activities were allegedly carried out on the directives of the first vice president and his group with aim of gaining territories in order to allow him and those loyal to his faction assemble themselves for reorganisation in designated assembly points in different parts of the region for reintegration into the broader national army.

Another objective is to deny Machar territorial control and the local support bases.

Controlling most of the areas would allow the government to organise the elections at which Gai would run as the running mate for President Salva Kiir. The loss of the rebel headquarters in Pagak would be a major political achievement to opposition forces in the unity government, and representing a setback to a faction under Riek Machar currently under house arrest in South Africa.


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  • 9 July 2017 04:58, by junubi

    that is very good decision Mr FVP Taban Deng

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  • 9 July 2017 05:07, by john locke

    Taban does not have an army. Only people that he bribed with money and positions. We will have a whole river of body bags if kior insist on trying overrun pagak.. stay in juba. Its been 4years and you still cannot defeat us. Even with the help of the updf and the sudanese rebels. You still fail. Keep bribing people and the sudanese rebels.

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  • 9 July 2017 05:12, by Newsudan

    Riek io terrorists are running amok in Pagak,soon it will be under control of peace wing of STD group. stay tuned

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    • 9 July 2017 07:51, by Eastern

      STD "peace forces" are welcome.....

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      • 9 July 2017 18:29, by South South


        "STD "peace forces" are welcome"
        Very bad English phrase. Good one (STD "peace forces are welcomed)

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        • 10 July 2017 06:50, by Eyez

          You check your grammar, you foolish idiot. How can you correct someone while you can’t even write in English properly. Haven’t you heard of the saying "Remove the log from your own eye, before you try to remove a stick from someone’s eye" or are you just dumb?

          As its not my job to teach you, I suggest you educate yourself more and try be humble in life...ya mustahabil ita!

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  • 9 July 2017 05:25, by john locke

    How can it be under taban when taban doesnt have an army? And the army under kiir ran away. And now their embarrased about that to where their denying even attacking the rebels. Kiir is a joke and taban is a sell out. How can you celebrate and work with the same men that killed youre people inn juba

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  • 9 July 2017 05:29, by Kush Natives

    We all knew that, that was a white lie from the rebels. They always reports nonsense out here.

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  • 9 July 2017 05:47, by john locke

    So we rebels always report nonsense? Explain how kiir contoniues to deny the juba nuer massacre. Or did we rebels make that up. Explain how the united nations and african union proved that there was no coup attempt. Explain how kior announced a cease fire but continues to attack us. Kiir is a liar. But you jiangs continue to follow. Gadet yaka should have killed you guys in bor in 2013

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    • 9 July 2017 09:51, by Kush Natives

      Mr. john locke,
      You’re new here on this forum, ask your colleagues and they will tell you what significant amount of lies they committed here. Few years back, when this current conflict erupted, all rebels were having a great hope that they will overrun Juba in 72 hours, which remains a nightmare now in their dirty brains. We are seriously following you hopeless. The mess that you made in Bor is

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  • 9 July 2017 05:48, by john locke

    So we rebels always report nonsense? Explain how kiir contoniues to deny the juba nuer massacre. Or did we rebels make that up. Explain how the united nations and african union proved that there was no coup attempt. Explain how kior announced a cease fire but continues to attack us. Kiir is a liar. But you jiangs continue to follow. Gadet yaka should have killed you guys in bor in 2013

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  • 9 July 2017 06:59, by Sunday Junup

    I thought government is under Kiir not Taban but it is clearly that those thugs in Juba are terrorist using SS resources to buy war warfare and bribe foreigners

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    • 9 July 2017 10:00, by Kush Natives

      Sunday Junup,
      That’s what you thought. Call Taban immediately and let know him know that you’re confused of who’s exactly leading the government. If you’re deadly not reasoning well, go back to the Sudanese war, Mohammed Harun led the war in southern kordufan while Bashir was a president. Taban have a right to clear his own way to Pagak without Kiir.

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  • 9 July 2017 14:57, by Amokdu

    Good Job G.Taban Gai lets Peace enemies go away from Us

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    • 9 July 2017 22:19, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      John L!
      You are sayings Peter Gadet killed no one in Bor? Where you smoking opium when Gadet then DIV8 Commander in Jonglei, ordered his Nuer millitias to kills even a sick/mads/ an elderly pipo simply coz de are Dinkas or Fur or Somalis/Ethiopians etc.WhyDontWeFearGod?

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  • 9 July 2017 22:26, by john locke

    Im glad gadet killed everyone of you dinka. After what kiir did i dont feel sorry, war is bad and bad things happen. You guys are lucky that gadet is not in charge. Riek is a good hearted man. Gadet would have killed every dinka insight

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    • 10 July 2017 05:18, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Just do it yourselves,be a man enough to try it if you will escape the hook of SPLA!.

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