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South Sudan denies armed opposition troops recaptured Pagak

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August 15, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan government has denied reports suggesting members of armed opposition forces loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar have retaken their former headquarters in Pagak, describing such reports as bad propaganda.

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South Sudan’s army soldiers drive in a truck on the frontline in Panakuach, Unity state April 24, 2012. (Reuters Photo)

The governor of Maiwut state, Bol Ruach Rom told Sudan Tribune Monday evening that he was in Pagak town, describing reports on the fall of the town to rebels as “lies" and "wishful propaganda”.

“I am speaking to you now in Pagak. The rebels have been making attempts but our forces have been defeating them. Our people should not listen to them. What they are saying are lies and wishful propaganda,” said Rom.

“Pagak is under the full control of the government now”, he added.

South Sudan’s presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny also denied reports on the fall of Pagak, saying it is still under the control of the government forces despite several attempts by rebels to regain it.

“Pagak is firmly under the SPLA’s control. Yes, the forces of Riek’s rebels have been trying to retake Pagak, but each time they tried, they were beaten off badly. The fall of Pagak was bad propaganda. It is under the control of the constitutional forces”, stressed Ateny.

A deputy spokesperson for the armed opposition movement, Lam Paul Gabriel earlier claimed that their forces were controlling the border area that links South Sudan to neighbouring Ethiopia, having allegedly pushed pro-government out during clashes on Sunday.

“We are in control of Pagak and all surrounding areas including our border with Ethiopia. We have dislodged the government forces out of the town since Saturday and up to now they cannot be seen inside the South Sudan territory,” he told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

South Sudan army had earlier captured the headquarters of the armed opposition fighters, reversing all the gains made by pro-Machar forces in the past months.

The South Sudanese civil war is a conflict in between forces of the government and the armed opposition forces. In December 2013, President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Machar of attempting a coup d’état. Since then, tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in the country’s worst-ever violence after it seceded from Sudan.

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  • 15 August 09:48, by Lenin Bull

    Pagak is gone forever like Nasir to SPLA government forces. These village tactics being applied by this young criminal called clumsily Gen.James Ochan are only good in as far as they driving the young Gatjaak youths into meaningless deaths for a lost cause of Riek who dying and going blind in REUBEN Island prison in RSA.

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    • 15 August 13:38, by Mi diit

      If don’t have it fake it proverb at it best here😂😂😂
      Faking Pagak to raise the morale of hopeless surrendered thieves in Crown...Okay, stay in your China made Pagak😅😅😅 or your faked Pagak then I.O will remain in the real Pagak😅😅😅

      If the name Pagak is that sweet to you,then go and build your own Pagak in Warrap.
      😅😅😅😅😅😅😅
      😅😅😅😅😅😅😅

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  • 15 August 09:57, by Lenin Bull

    This mindless resistance by Ochan Puot will result into the wiping out of the troops under his command. The regional and international plan is use Pagak to pump the oil in Dinkaland in Paloch and Adar to international market. You are stupid and do not regional politics. Ethiopia and Djibuti are happy with government control of Pagak and soon military support will come through Djibuti-Ethiopia rout

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  • 15 August 10:04, by Lenin Bull

    Irreparable damages have been inflicted on SPLM/SPLA-IO and those who understand or who have read military science will understand that the IO is on its death bed and would not waste their times,lives, and resources on a failed rebel movement like SPLM/SPLA-IO. SPLA/SPLM-IO have joined LRA, BIAFRA, OLF, UNITA, RENAMO, ANYANYA I and II, etc that failed to achieve their prime objectives in Africa.

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    • 15 August 12:58, by Eyez

      Lenin Bull
      You are stupid, uninformed and arrogant. Don’t you know that it was Anyanya 1 that pioneered the ideology of an independent South Sudan if it had not been for the likes of Abel Alier who was a Jalaba agent that was sent to hijack the movement and jeopardise its objectives.

      I take it that you must be a child who does not know his ass from his mouth.

      X1

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      • 15 August 17:10, by jubaone

        Eyez,
        Kiirminal is desperately trying to outsource the war. SPLAnyors cant face the Nuers, so they fool a handful of hungry nyagateen to do the dirtyjJob. this is exactly what has been going on for the last 21 yrs, when others fought and jienges came in the last minute to crown themselves as victors. Lenin Bull, if you cant do anything for Gogrial, can you do anything for Pagak? Loser!

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  • 15 August 16:15, by Lenin Bull

    Beloved Eyes, if ass insults could capture towns or country, SPLA-IO supporters could have captured South Sudan right away in 2013 or early in 2014. Any way I have given you okay to insult our ass and if you like it more, you can kneel and lick it with your tongue. We have defeated SPLA-IO and their stupid juju called NGUNDAENG.

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  • 15 August 17:16, by Sunday Junup

    Pagak,
    Nothing in Pagak, no Riek Machar or offices even military supply. Last time you denied Maiwut now Pagak. Please learn to admit defeat. You are like young she goat which will refuse he goat for the whole day time but will finally accept the he goat

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  • 15 August 19:02, by Lenin Bull

    Big thank you Sunday Junup. You are very right. They first refuse screwing but in the process they will enjoy the whole game through the insistence of the Billy. Look now are the first big SPLA-IO fish at the beginning of the war!! They are enjoying it in Kondokoro.

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  • 16 August 08:01, by lou nuer

    You Kiir supporters you’re right to say you’re in Pagak because you still at the Bridge check point which is less than 5kms away from Pagak Town. Wait for today or tomorrow.

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  • 16 August 08:02, by lou nuer

    You Kiir supporters you’re right to say you’re in Pagak because you still at the Bridge check point which is less than 5kms away from Pagak Town. Wait for today or tomorrow.

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  • 16 August 18:18, by garrak1520

    You (Mr.Kiir) called for cessation of hostilities so that you can pump oil and satisfy your meager needs. It is time to know that you do not have the upper hand when it comes to military control. IO are fighting for a better South Sudan, you and your administration are fighting to maintain a certain standard of living, that is the difference and the people of South Sudan do know it now.

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