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South Sudanese army carries out fresh attacks on NAS rebels


Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers take a break during a military assault drill in Nzara on the outskirts of Yambio November 29, 2013. (Reuters Photo)
May 27, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan Defense Forces (SSPDF) resumed attacks on the positions of the holdout National Salvation Front (NAS) of Thomas Cirilo in Central. Equatoria region said a statement released on Monday.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, NAS Spokesperson Suba Samuel Manase said the South Sudanese government troops backed with local militias launched an operation to hunt down their forces around Lainya and Wounduruba of Central Equatoria last week.

According to Manase on 26th May 2019, the SSPDF together with militiamen loyal to South Sudanese cabinet minister Martin Elia Lomuro attacked NAS forces at their location around Lainya and Wounduruba of Central Equatoria last week.

"Fighting continued till the early hours of Monday 27th May 2019," he added.

The NAS forces repulsed the attack and inflicted heavy human and material losses on the assailants.

The rebel spokesperson also signalled that two NAS fighters were injured during the fighting

"We continue to point out that this fighting came as part of the Kiir’s regime strategy to defeat NAS forces militarily in order to force it to surrender to their unrealistic peace agreement," he said.

The IGAD decided to include the holdout groups in the peace agreement which was signed on 12 September 2018.

The IGAD Council of Ministers Ismail Wais met in February and March 2019 with the group’s leader Cirilo and asked him to sign the revitalized peace agreement

Accordingly, the IGAD chief mediator Ismail Wais met with Cirilo several times between February and March 2019 but he asked him to declare a unilateral ceasefire and to sign the revitalized peace agreement.

However, Cirilo wants the IGAD to include his allied holdout factions who formed the South Sudan National Democratic Alliance after refusing to sign the agreement.

However, the mediation refuses to recognize the new groups formed after the signing of the revitalized pact.


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  • 28 May 2019 07:28, by jubaone

    Lack of good feeding, poor moral and knowledge of this area, luak nyors aka SSDinka Forces are now dependent on local militias. Mr. Elia Lomuro must bend down low to his master as a show of allegiance, otherwise he risks losing his position in the next TGoNU. Former NAS lured by Lomuro do what most Junubin do; backstabbing.

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    • 28 May 2019 07:36, by jubaone

      This is about the best thing fmr NAS lured by Mr.Lomuro can do; provide intelligence information on SSDinka Forces troop movements. At the same, they send coded information across to waiting NAS who attack preemptively, just like what happened recently. That is how SS fooled Bashir during 21yrs, who believed he was winning.

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      • 28 May 2019 08:56, by Midit Mitot

        South Sudan Defend Force (SSDF)is wrong indeed to attack NAS, South Sudan need comprehensive peace including NAS. Otherwise Mathaing Anyoor will finish like fly.

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        • 28 May 2019 09:00, by Midit Mitot

          We don,t need bloodshed anymore in this country, let the civil population breath well this year.

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      • 28 May 2019 19:45, by The Rhino


        The good news is,NAS will never tolerate any bullshit from jienges or their bootlickers!Our brave soldiers will destroy any bastard who dare cross into our territories.NAS professional warriors are constantly in high alert,tough and charged to maximum to annihilate any target.Dealing with fucking jienges or their pet dogs is a one way ticket,either them or us,full stop!

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    • 28 May 2019 09:36, by Pakuai

      What rock are you living under chap? What part Equatoria is not known to Dinkas/Jiengs. Mr. jubaone chap, those South Sudanese you and SUDAN TRIBUNE propagandists called local malitias are the real South Sudanese who want stable South Sudan and for peace to reign in our beloved country so that we can move on with the task of building our country. By the way Mr. jubaone, South Sudan people defense forces have not attacked anyone chap. This is just a piece of propaganda chap.

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      • 29 May 2019 06:59, by jubaone

        Peace has reigned in jiengelands since 2005, so what tasks have jienges accomplished? If you jienges cant do it in your own areas and prefer fleeing away and living as squatters and refugees elsewhere, are Equatorians supposed to fix your shit. Hell NO.Just eating benydits and bandits.

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        • 31 May 2019 17:40, by john Riich

          Juba one, i wish that heart of some of the Equatorians would have been there during the struggle of south sudan and sudan, why did you guys run to Uganda,kenya, sudan and congo leaving the entire Equatoria empty? Now the mighty Nuer and Dinka had liberated the land and you shamefully appeared to be someone who had done something in this country? shame on you food lovers! the story of Atalbara.

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    • 28 May 2019 14:45, by Chiir

      Sirilo, sign the revitalized peace and get back to Juba soon. Stop complaining for being attacked...as far as I know, all you see are hunters whom you call SSDF or tribal militia.

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      • 28 May 2019 15:03, by Eastern


        Getting to Juba does not have to be after signing some useless papers....Kiir chose to to South Sudan to war and this is what should be followed. Let Kiir wipe out NAS and ALL those opposed to him!

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        • 28 May 2019 16:04, by South South

          NAS has been wiped out long time ago, what we have now are a few pockets of NAS. They don’t have any power to fight with us. Crying, screaming and lying will not give NAS anything new. We are here to control our country.

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          • 28 May 2019 16:12, by Eastern

            South South,

            Now you are back to your childish utterances. Here you claim that NAS been wiped out long time ago and in the same sentence you bleat out that there are pockets of NAS you are dealing with. Do you think before writing or you reason Martin Elia Lumoro who rants without reasoning?!

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            • 28 May 2019 17:48, by jubaone

              Cowardly jienges hoped nyagateen under Taban would do the dirty for them, while they stash off oil moneyi. The nyors were Malong’s work, now they are so desperate that they hope Pojulu militias and NAS renegades will help them. Oh my God. They are even recruiting Azandes under Bakasoro to help them. Good for nothing cowards.

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          • 28 May 2019 17:39, by jubaone

            Well, sit back and relax, NAS under Gen Boutrous is already in Juba. Let tailles monkeys and brainless gorillas enjoy the booming economy. Oh! seems they are too powerful that they could not pay embassy rents and employees for six months. Give a jienge a gun, he is happy even if he runs around naked or doesnt know how to read and write. Jienge logic

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          • 28 May 2019 19:54, by The Rhino

            South South,

            Abyei donkey sakit!You can’t control your own godforsaken villages in jiengeland but claim to have South Sudan under your control?Keep your jienge nonsense for yourself!Brave NAS is here to stay, its getting very sophisticated and deadly with time,so deal with it.We’ll drive you till the gates of hell,No games here!

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      • 28 May 2019 22:11, by jubaone

        Chiir or Chimp,
        Hunters? Looking for monkey food or nyamnyam? No, go work hard lazy aryan jienge. All wild animals have run away, judt by the sight of hungry jienges, who want to eat.

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  • 28 May 2019 21:21, by Landlord

    Gentlemen, we’re moving forward with less stress our forces haven’t receive order to attack yet, however, we thought those food lovers real lesson here on ground. No body not even one can play around the bushes of equatoria again. Ask some survived militiamen to testify what happened in lainya. I’m proud of our soldiers and the trainings attended.

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    • 31 May 2019 17:29, by john Riich

      the NAS Rebels are barking in the bush trying to be considered in the upcoming transitional government of National Unity, it;s clear that NAS Rebels have been defeated sometimes back by the pro government forces and the SPLA-IO. NAS should stop deceiving the entire citizens of south sudan that they are still existing inside the country.

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