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S. Sudan army lays barricade around rebel headquarters


Sudan People's Liberation Army soldiers walk along a road near Bor, on January 31, 2014 (AFP Photo)
July 16, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) in collaboration with the armed opposition faction fighters in the coalition government have reportedly laid a siege around the headquarters of rebels loyal to former First Vice-President, Riek Machar.

A senior government military officer said pro-government forces have laid a siege around the stronghold of troops allied to the exiled rebel leader.

“The rebels are in weak position. They have no logistics and so our forces decided to siege Pagak so that civilians could find an escaping route to refugee camps in Gambella, Ethiopia,” the officer, who spoke to Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity, disclosed on Sunday.

“So Pagak, as I am talking to you, is lockdown. Our forces are collaborating with SPLA-IO [armed opposition faction] peace wing under General Taban Deng Gai in battling anti-peace elements that have rejected the call for national dialogue”, he added.

Multiple sources claimed SPLA troops were few kilometres away from Pagak, a rebel base on the border of South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Pro-government forces have allegedly seized several weapons from Machar’s fighters after a series of gun battles on the way to Pagak.

Aid workers have also confirmed the clashes around Pagak, forcing some of them to flee to Gambella in Ethiopia after the town came under sustained air and ground attacks from the government forces.

About 5,000 civilians, the United Nations said, have fled their homes in Pagak.

The head of the U.N mission in South Sudan, David Shearer said last week that thousands of South Sudanese civilians were fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia as government troops advanced towards Pagak, expressing grave concern about the growing refugee crisis.

“At least 25 aid workers have been forced to relocate from Pagak and surrounding areas due to increased insecurity,” said Shearer.

Stressing there was no military solution to the South Sudan conflict, the U.N official called upon the two warring factions to stop the fighting.

“It’s unacceptable that 250 innocent children, and the people who care for them, find themselves in no man’s land between the warring parties,” Shearer told reporters in the South Sudan capital, Juba.

The South Sudanese conflict started in mid-December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused Machar of a coup attempt. Since then, tens of thousands of people have died and over 2 million have been displaced.


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  • 16 July 2017 21:52, by Sunday Junup

    How come you claim Pagak while still confined in Luakjak Yom county? Please it is a long way for you to reach Pagak. Even if you reach Pagak, Dr.Riak can still relocate headquarter.

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    • 17 July 2017 09:13, by Mi diit

      Pagak is safe...Even if you would reach it, it wouldn’t stop the war.
      You guys can win a battle but not the war.

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      • 17 July 2017 19:19, by Newsudan

        Breaking news:
        South Sudan govt block access to Sudan tribune and Radio Tamazuj,both accused of hostile posting, Syria of Africa.

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  • 16 July 2017 21:52, by Marco A. Wek

    What will we gain in killing ourselves? When are we going to be sensible and realize we are driving ourselves to he’ll? Did we break away from North Sudan for this cycle of killing?

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    • 16 July 2017 22:52, by Freedom Fighter

      The Army has national obligation to fight, kill , and arrest criminals who are currently taking civilians hostage in Pagak. Please try to minimize civilian’s causalities

      Freedom Fighter

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      • 17 July 2017 15:04, by Resolution

        Dear freedom fighter,
        you are saying The Army has national obligation to fight, kill , and arrest criminals who are currently taking civilians hostage in Pagak. do you really have sense of analysing the situation we are in now in our country S.Sudan for you to post that statement above while we have 2million are dearly need of food assistance in the region of our president.

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        • 17 July 2017 15:57, by Resolution

          On 6 July, the province of Terkeka, located north of the capital, reported the deaths of at least 33 people due to famine in the last two months. plus 13 people also lost their lives of hunger from Bhar-elagazal region yet your regime is pushing for senseless war that confirmed to everyone that government use starvation as a tool of war against it citizens.

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          • 17 July 2017 21:55, by Kuch

            Every piece of trash around the world that has nothing to do with South Sudan & the South Sudanese people even comment about the South Sudanese hunger. Yes, there are hungry South Sudanese and that is why the government & the South Sudanese have been asking these Riek goons to stop being foreign pawns/proxies or their foot soldiers>>>

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            • 17 July 2017 22:07, by Kuch

              By the way *Resolution idiot* there are no dead 33 people in Terekeke. Besides, there are no use of provinces in South Sudan but states, counties, payams and bomas. So get your geography, history and civic of South Sudan if you are a South Sudanese as you claim and also stop commenting simply because you just want to comment idiot, get it.

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    • 16 July 2017 23:32, by Nairobimitot

      The SPLA is going to make Pagak the headquarter shortly, the rebels who are inside Pagak have to listen so that they come up with good break solution to the problem. Can somebody tell those rebels leaders in Pagak that Riek Machar is gone far away? There is another Riek Machar in Juba, and his name is Tabal Deng Gai and President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Wani Igga. What is wrong with this slow thinker called rebels? My message to the rebels, do not hold civilians hostage, even if you do, SPLA will get you, the same SPLA of Naath William Nyuon. If you are from Naath, Gajaak, you need to remember that it is the same SPLA during William Nyuon Bany. Do not forget that; the governor of Pagak that is appointed by the President Kiir Mayardit is there in the field, there is no fear, he is there to get to work and make your life better. Accept him, and you will recognize the country like South Sudan not as Nuer and Riek Machar. Riek Machar is from Bentiu, not Pagak, Pagak belongs to Gajaak Nuer. Do not let Riek Machar commanders who are in Pagak to use you. Bentiu is under the government, now and not under Riek Machar. Do not let your children Die because of Riek Machar who is Teny. Teny is evil and who do not know that evil deeds. Come to the new government and get positions, and if you are not sure, positions are jobs. You have to work to live; you cannot just kill and eat civilians goats and cows because you are rebels. If you do that, then, what is your vision for the civilians and the South Sudan. When you become a rebel, you become addicted to it, but the government is going to help you and change your life to become Good citizens of South Sudan who can help and contribute to the development of the country.

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      • 17 July 2017 08:34, by Malakal county Simon


        What’s good about rejected president Kiir?? Killings Nuers people’s in Juba for no apparent reason?? Tells Your God-father to step-down and stop boring us with this nonsense against people’s leader Dr machar..

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  • 16 July 2017 22:30, by Kush Natives

    We will still have wait for those of Midiit and John locke to bring us an accurate results from Pagak, since they’re already in Pagak. I said this yesterday that, the safest way for the rebels elements based in Pagak is to surrender, as some fools will take it a shame, but for me, it’s a life saving. If Pagak is besieged, then what’s up with the rebels now. Is it that the dialogue you bandits want

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    • 16 July 2017 22:35, by Kush Natives

      My message is to Gajak villages who reside around Pagak area, leave the area ASAP! The government don’t need you, they only need the rebels. Move to Teargol.

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  • 16 July 2017 23:00, by Theone

    This senseless fighting and killing should have been avoided if Riek Machar waited for elections to be elected as "president"

    But since Riek want presidency and Khartoum money,he prefers Khartoum bloody money,he does not care the suffering of the Nuer tribe and will never care, trust me,I know him very well.

    Riek,Lam,kual Manyang and late John Garang don’t care about people of South Sudan.

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    • 16 July 2017 23:21, by Newsudan

      Pagak must fall to SPLA.
      the govt agendas
      1.To built highway BTW Ethiopia n South Sudan
      2.free flows of goods.
      3.To opened up market for Paloic oil to international.

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  • 16 July 2017 23:17, by john akeen

    Nice news, now civilians you have hurt what government had said, you must find away to get out from those Rebels areas as soon as possible or else, don’t belam government later on. Leave Pagak immediately to safety place we are coming in to copter those criminals with their commanders soon, so now you got a chance to leave. How to you fight for someone who is in prison if you are not>

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  • 16 July 2017 23:40, by Nairobimitot

    Here is a good News, a huge Highway is going to be built from Djibouti to Gambella, from Gambella to Pagak and then to Paloch. If you are from Pagak, you will be the first person to witness the development. Stop fighting your government who will tomorrow help you and pick you up.

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    • 17 July 2017 00:33, by Deng II

      LOL! "a huge Highway is going to be built from Djibouti to Gambella, from Gambella to Pagak and then to Paloch."

      The most dangerous enemy of South Sudan people is an evil corruption. We don’t need to kidding ourselves that the current Government will do a good things like "a Huge Highway", nothing will happened. let hope for God rather than the current Government.

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  • 17 July 2017 01:21, by john locke

    Nairobi, what you just said is funny.. for one, kiirs troops are nowhere near pagak. Knfact they where chased away along with the governer who was wounded in that fighting. 72 troops where killed, 103 troops defected to the IO. Civilians have been coming to pagak for protection because they trust us ro protect them. Not kiirs tribal fsiled army. They are stuck in the ditches. You jiangs will never touch nuer land. Believe me. Even with your nuerwew. Keep trying. The country collapsed because of you jiangs.

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    • 17 July 2017 02:31, by Nairobimitot

      John Lock
      The governor was wounded and got shot in the left, the left buttocks. So, why shot him in the buttocks when he is only trying his best to save your State from Riek Machar? He is now going to go too Pagak by force because you have shot him in his buttock. He is not happy about you.

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  • 17 July 2017 01:23, by john locke

    And for those of you who blame this war on us IO. Remember what kiir did to start this war, which was kill our people in Juba. Than tried twice to assinate riek machar. Now tou called a cease fire while at the sametime trying to overrun pagak. You jiangs are great liars. Yet youve failed in the failed. Touve fought us for 3 years now and still can not defeat us without your paid mercenaries

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  • 17 July 2017 01:48, by john locke

    Kiirs government is great at whote lies and propaganda. Their troops are stuck in luakjak,yet are still claiming to have surrounded pagak. That is very funny. Even as well armed as they are 72 of them have been killed and the governer wounded. Uet they claim that they will capture pagak. A country ruled by a liar is a broken country

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    • 17 July 2017 02:19, by Nairobimitot

      John Locke
      Civilians have the right to take shelter according to whom they feel will protect them. The civilians chose to go to Pagak where the rebels are stationed because the civilians are Nuer and the rebels are Nuer. The civilians trust Nuer soldiers more than the few Nuer soldiers who are in the government. Here is a catch, the government has been the rebirth. It is not the same government of 2013; it is a new administration as we speak. The government has the duty to protect the civilians and to protect the country from any aggression from the rebels. The Pagak, which you are now trying to protect as a rebel, will fall to the government in coming weeks and the civilians will return to their land including yourself. If you are a rebel, you need to listen now before it is too late.

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    • 17 July 2017 02:28, by john akeen

      John locke

      how many time do I have to tell you that you need to stop complaining? And also I see that you like to imagine things, so please ama need you to stop smoking weed. Ok

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  • 17 July 2017 02:36, by john locke

    The government never changed, it is still the same style of government since 2013. The only difference is that kiir has a new yes-man as a vice president in taban. A man who will kill his own people to please kiir for a position. Your kiir soldiers will never make it to pagak. Dont let this news articles fool you. Youre troops are stuck in the trenches at luakjak. The rest either died or ran

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  • 17 July 2017 02:38, by john locke

    Youre spla paid the sudanese rebels to attack us, yet we still defeat them. Not all nuer are nuerwew who will kill their own people. Stop with the fake news of beimg close to pagak when in reality youre troops are in luakjak. Very far. Worry about your wounded governor who ran to the forest after a fierce fire fight with the gallant io forces

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    • 17 July 2017 04:47, by Nairobimitot

      John Locke, what you represent is nothing. The government is powerful than the rebels. You will see the government soldiers in one month in Pagak, walking around.

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    • 17 July 2017 04:48, by Nairobimitot

      John Locke, what you represent is nothing. The government is powerful than the rebels. You will see the government soldiers in one month in Pagak, walking around.

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  • 17 July 2017 05:12, by john locke

    If the government is so powerful than why have they yet to beat us rebels? Why do they need the sudanese rebels help and the updf? If youre government is so powerful why have you yet to take pagak and lost at luakjak where you are stuck? The government lost

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    • 17 July 2017 05:36, by Nairobimitot

      John Locke, everything takes time. Riek Machar was vice president, and he is now in South Africa under house arrest. The government started from scratch, and it is now growing and still very powerful. In the next few weeks, you will see the Government in Pagak. About a year or two you will come to your sense and join the federal building with us in the government here in Juba.

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  • 17 July 2017 05:47, by john locke

    I would never join a government that planned and massacred my fellow nuer in juba in 2013. Nor would i ever join a government ran by the JCE who kill other non dinka. Never. The jiang will one day regret what they did in 2013 and what they continue to do. Because of jiangs the country is broke and divided based on tribes. What have the jiang achieved since independence?

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  • 17 July 2017 06:41, by Dak tak

    It seems the failed and incompetent Salva Kiir put all his attentions of reaching Pagak taking the temporarily lack of logistical support for the rebel that will soon be corrected. The sycophants and Dinka may celebrate reaching Pagak and that to others doesn’t mean the war is over. Until when is taking the town become winning the war? The only illusion of salva Kiir and the dinka council of elder

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    • 17 July 2017 08:54, by Ater

      well stated,war will not end even if Pagak was to come under goverment control,War will continue as long as there are few mad army generals under command of their foolish Riek are committed to fool us around of millitary capability.It is so painful Riek with secret agenda to use section of Nuer to fight his useless war.Nuer elders to convince their youth not to fight the goverment.

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      • 17 July 2017 09:16, by Ater

        Goverment is complex system that need minds of all tribes and not single tribe or few tribes to dismantle.Dont deceive yourself Dak Tak Riek will win this war.As we are talking there is intensive training in all goverment control areas to wipe out rebellions in the country.And to my surprises the recruits are not only Dinkas but all tribes and Riek is busy training his only tribes.

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  • 17 July 2017 06:46, by Dak tak

    Of winning the war militarily will never happened, you may have an advantage today over your enemy, but not everyday. The only solution is to accept peace, talk with Dr Riek Machar and end the cycle of war, otherwise your intension to continue with senseless war will end salva Kiir failed regime like that of Algadaffi.

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    • 17 July 2017 08:30, by Malakal county Simon

      Listen all!!

      Even if Pagak is capture by a pro-government, still won’t end the war.... Only failed president Kiir stepping down can end the imposed war as the majority of South Sudanese hate him to death and i hope God will take him soon for the country to normalcy!!!!

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  • 17 July 2017 09:18, by Mike Charlie MC

    You are laughter’s today pussy news , tomorrow remained on blamed ,,, I believed the SPLA IO gallant will do same as Walgak Lesson .

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  • 17 July 2017 09:47, by Good Foe

    Everyone should believe me. South Sudanese will never see peace in the near future if the leader hail from the ethnicity:DINKA or NUER.
    Do you remember what Makuei said in Nairobi: "The idea of regime change can’t work. If they continue to support it, our jungles are still there."

    Continue Killing each other. You will regret.

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  • 17 July 2017 13:56, by pikka

    Dear brothers who are making commend here should washout in the way they commend haha.

    please know that God is washing you all the time. let us try to be one both in heart and in thinking as we are from one nation

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  • 17 July 2017 14:44, by DINKA DOMINANCE SPLA/M

    Guns will be silence soon and every citizens will live peaceful. Riek is gone to the dog.

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  • 17 July 2017 19:31, by peacemaker

    Please go ahead and capture fangak.Then you can now exert your evil acts through out the country. God will be watching and clapping for you. Your guns will actually win you favour justice

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