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South Sudan army in full control of Jau after heavy fighting with SAF - official


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

Feburay 26, 2012 (BENTIU/KHARTOUM) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), South Sudan’s official army, has fully captured the disputed Jau area from the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on Sunday, an official in Unity State told Sudan Tribune.

Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers (Reuters)

Jau is a region claimed by both countries and has been a source of growing tension, since South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July 2011.

South Sudan lodged a complaint in December 2011 with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) saying that SAF had occupied parts of South Sudan including Jau.

Mabeak Lang Bilkuei, commissioner of Pariang County said that taking control of Jau, is seen by by SPLA as a step towards preventing Sudan’s military invading, which he said claimed SAF had attempted on numerous occasions.

The official claimed that the SPLA has captured more than 15 Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles and heavy trucks from SAF.

“More bodies from Sudanese Armed Forces are laid on ground and this is a lesson to [Sudan President] Omer Bashir who threatened the Republic of South Sudan”, said Bilkuei.

SAF is battling rebels from Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in the border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile since last year.

Khartoum constantly accuses Juba of aiding the rebels in these states. It has also filed a protest with the UNSC on this.

Arop Riak Malual a Youth leader of Pariang county said that the entire county was "very happy" to heard that Jau is currently under SPLA control.

“I want to tell the people of Unity State particularly the Dinka Pariang to feel free after their national army won victory in Jau. All this time SAF was claiming to be men but today they appeared as women after their defeat from SPLA”, said Malual.

Officials at Bentiu hospital told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that four soldiers are being treated as a result of the battles between SAF and SPLA.

Pariang commissioner dismissed allegations made by SAF on the presence of SPLM-N in Jau. Like other disputed territories along the poorly defined, disputed and demarcated border, the name and spelling of the area differs. North Sudan refers the area as Jao or Jaw rather than Jau.

Commissioner Malual asserted that SAF have plans to take control of South Sudanese towns which have potential oil resources. When South Sudan seceded it took with it 75% of Sudan’s oil production. Most of the region’s oil fields straddle the north-south border and were the scene of intense conflict during the civil war that led to South Sudan’s independence.


On Sudany, the Darfur rebel group Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) released a statement saying that it launched a joint attack along with SPLM-N and other rebel groups managing to take over Jau and Tarogi after heavy fighting on Sunday.

The coalition of the three biggest rebel groups in Darfur and the SPLM-N - the Sudan Revolutionary Forces - led by Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu, the former deputy governor of South Kordofan, also gained a large cache of weapons in the aftermath.

SAF military spokesperson Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad confirmed the fighting saying that South Sudan’s army infiltrated six kilometres inside Sudanese territory, in an area known as Buhairat al-Obiyad.

"An alliance bringing together South Sudan’s army and rebels from South Kordofan and Darfur on Sunday morning attacked Buhairat Abiyad at Jao town," said SAF in a statement.

SAF said that South Sudan set up an advanced command centre overseen by SPLA and Unity state governor Taban Deng to bring together all Darfur rebel groups in two sites.

Despite warnings by Sudan’s negotiating teams in Addis Ababa to their Southern counterparts, Juba continued their activities of supporting rebels, he said.

The army spokesman said that this violated the non-aggression pact signed this month between the two countries.

The agreement, which was reached under the mediation of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, stipulated that the two sides should respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other, not intervene in each other’s internal affairs, reject the use of force and observe common interests and peaceful co-existence.

But JEM spokesperson Gibreel Adam Bilal dismissed the allegations of South Sudan’s involvement.

"These statements are clear evidence of the unwillingness of the government to recognise the ability of armed resistance to defeat it without external support and this is what it has kept repeating since 1989," Gibreel told Sudan Tribune.

Khartoum and Juba have recently seen their relations deteriorate sharply over an oil dispute.

Juba suspended its entire oil production of around 350,000 barrels per day after Sudan started last year to confiscate oil from pipelines running through the north to its Red Sea port.

Khartoum says that it is simply getting its dues on unpaid invoices of South Sudan for oil transit fees.

The Sudanese president said in a TV interview this month that the current situation has brought the two countries closer to war.

South Sudan accused its northern neighbour this month of using militias at the its borders with the intention of sabotaging oil fields in the Unity State.

"Khartoum continues to use proxy war at the border and they have been bombing Jau while Militias are being pushed at the border to sabotage oil stations as an escalation," said South Sudan’s Deputy Minister for Defence and Veteran Affairs, Majak Agoot this month.

Oil is the lifeline of both economies, but South Sudan is more vulnerable because it has almost no other industries to fall back on beyond the oil sector. It also relies heavily on imported goods which are brought in for a hefty premium on unpaved roads from Uganda, Kenya and Sudan. More than 90 percent of its goods come in that way.

Sudan on the other hand faced a sharp drop in income and foreign currency which pushed inflation rates higher and drove the exchange rate of the Sudanese pound to unprecedented low levels.


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  • 27 February 2012 08:55, by George Bol

    Tong Angoot emathomier!Etifather batallions

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    • 27 February 2012 08:58, by Dakoom

      lor ya yin kuc thong jieng. apieth ci yin cueel emane ka yi a ayuuk?

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    • 27 February 2012 09:11, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      There will be no chance in hell, We in the minstry of ???? have already understand that the khartoum is prepare their nuer missionaries to attack Jau,
      But still our our boys will win the fight,

      This is a big blow to bapiny monytil that his master has been depeat it, death to nyagateen,

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      • 27 February 2012 09:42, by Ruach

        Mangoor/Dinka Dominated corruption.You are born as canival,die as canival and comment like you are!!What a shameful person like you!This is not about Nuer rather it is against the North.In Every comment Nuer,Nuer!!Please God help Mangoor to think like human being!We are tired of him!He destructing South Sudan.He is terrorist and canival!

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        • 28 February 2012 02:36, by Tiger

          you guys have done a very good job to those arabs from the North.for long time,Southerners and the SPLA/N had endured such a heatful time during those bombardments without retailation,but this time you have teach them some lessons they will never forget.keep the good job moving on until you overthrow the government of Sudan.

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        • 28 February 2012 02:59, by panom lualbil

          Whenever I read every note from my buddy here, I wont missed him calling ppl ’canival’ in wrong spelling either. Whether he means ’carnival or canniver’ but his reiteration of this word wasnt normal. Not only he cannt writes but he is foolish too. His retortness makes no any sense.

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      • 27 February 2012 10:02, by Darkangel

        Isnt it unusual that both the SPLA and Rebel movements both claim to have attacked the tiny town of jau at the same time, both claim capturing it, yet both deny helping each other.

        The usual western response - if its against Sudan then it kosher !

        If it were Sudan on the offensive you would hear Susan Rice screaming half way across the world and demanding punishment and immediate withdrawal.

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      • 27 February 2012 10:02, by Aliminia

        well done SPLA,but you need to be aware of what the khartoum may plans,the may retaliated,yes its south sudan terrories, but the are desparate of oil there,be be ready for any attack by SAF and be ready to advance inside their terrorist, should the attempt to attack you in jau,South sudan army well done, you now done a great job to bring back part of south sudan land !!!!!

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      • 27 February 2012 10:22, by Land-of-Cush

        Dinka Dominated SPLA/M, I can reply hardly on Jabaare(Not Jalaby is a Jabaare).But I will not. Your president Salva Kiir Dinka give her Adut as a gift to an Ethiopian refugee man and conducted married after impregnate shame Dinka. http://paanluelwel2011.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/the-wedding-of-president-kiir-s-daughter/fter.

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    • 27 February 2012 09:54, by akid malual

      Congratulation to Spla Forces for this retake of Jau town. Jau is the South Sudan territory, if South network soldier we are proud this great victory on Jau. SPLA continua on Abyei too. Maboruk comrade Salva Kiir.

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    • 27 February 2012 10:37, by viper

      My advice to comrades of Div4 is this, Don,t repeat the same mistake of Abyei that was done by third Divission. Defend Jau untill the coming of the son of Mary, Jesus. I don,t want to see SAF militias in Jau again. Let us meet in Abyei soon

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    • 28 February 2012 01:41, by Lokorong

      SPLA jal pandu dhombei ariir, Zindia eeh ke cie ngeeny, ke cie ngeeny araac akol be wo lo thin wo bi root muoc eeh dan dhang, ZINDIA....we will fight untill all the MARGANalIZED people of SUDAN are freed.

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  • 27 February 2012 08:56, by Dakoom

    Great job, they will not think again it is the oil they can steal. Capture Khartoum too please!

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    • 27 February 2012 12:23, by Force 1

      Jalaby, the good news is we captured our strategic towns but the bad news is you don’t have the money to pay for foreign fighter pilots to come and bomb us in the south since we shut down the oil pipeline. You may use the little money that you borrowed but that wouldn’t be enough!

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  • 27 February 2012 09:05, by Aarai Baka

    Job well done SPLA.

    To Jalaba
    your people were just making so much noise in Sudan TV early. just go ahead n send in your antonov and it will be shot down as it will appear in our radar screen.

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  • 27 February 2012 09:08, by zol aweer

    Congratulation my dear comrade action speaker louder than words and
    i thinks this will teach those idiots a lesson.
    They were looking for the ways to involve South in to their internal problem
    due to their defeat on the battle ground in SKS, so that they can say South
    chased us , You got what you deserve.

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  • 27 February 2012 09:09, by Thomas Ader

    This is what we want to heard that we are controlling our borders from mateness Arabs. I we do not care about who does this attack. all in all Jau is Dinka Ngok land as well as Abyei. our next taeget will be Bashier home Towns or their Army know as Jebel El holia SPLA OYEE! Teach them lession that not forget.

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    • 27 February 2012 09:42, by MR. BURDEN


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  • 27 February 2012 09:29, by Konan

    The Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA), which is South Sudan’s official army has fully captured disputed Jau area.Today, the Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) released a statement saying that it launched a joint attack along with SPLM-N and other rebel groups managing to take over Jau and Tarogi after heavy fighting on Sunday.
    Conflicting statements, who did it???

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    • 27 February 2012 09:43, by Darkangel

      They both did it ! That what SAF has been saying, but these morons expect us to believe they both attacked the tiny town of Jau separately without help from each other and both captured it at the same time. But they are full of themselves, both incompetent wanting to claim victory that they denied helping each other yet admitting to it, Sudan has VERY good case against S Sudan in UN.

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  • 27 February 2012 10:07, by mohammed ali

    Well,in a different article SPLA/N said it captured Jau and Torouge; here SPLA/S said they captured Jau!Now the game is clear & obvious!SPLA thugs, having left their families away from Sudan,do not want peace for the pple of Sudan.They secured their families & filled their foregin banks account with blood money & wand the pple of S & SS to live in misery & suffer from war.Jau will be recalaimed...

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    • 27 February 2012 10:14, by mohammed ali

      ..sooner or later; but so much bllod, life & much needed resources were lost unnecessarly.There is no way that SPLA can deny their support for the rebells in Sudan.They should be prepared to face the consequences! Unfortunately the poor, needy & vulnerable will suffer. We thought we will have peace, but SPLA thugs have another opinion. This time they will get what they want.

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      • 27 February 2012 11:07, by Don P

        @Mohammed Ali
        You need to take off that tin foil hat your waering beacause it is affecting yor reasoning. SPLA is not the army you fought with in the 80’s and 90’s. we are different most importantly in the spirit of maintaining our sovereignity. Dont advocate for war it wont work!

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        • 27 February 2012 16:02, by mohammed ali

          Don, SPLA is even worst! Do you think the SPLA is an army? It is not! Remember, it is SPLA / N& S+ JEM + Darfur SPLA / Mine Arcawi & M. Nour had to fight together against a small divison of SAF

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  • 27 February 2012 10:16, by Konan

    No more denial Southerners , it was a joint attack by SPLA/S, SPLA/N and Darfur rebels. According to SAF around 1500 soldiers carried out the aggression against Jau. Don’t cheat yourself you can’t win any war. My question now is who will run first when SAF carry a counter attack which is actually in progress ? Don’t guess, as usual within few hours all of them will run for their worthless lives.

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  • 27 February 2012 10:39, by Pepino

    SPLA Oyeee. Bashir days are numbered.

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  • 27 February 2012 10:41, by Ahmado

    Congogragelation for those who attack the Jau am very happy to see SAF soliders laying down on ground.When i see SAF laying down tthese are good saf but those still moving with mig29,antinov are these are bad SAFand good job done by spla congogragelation.

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  • 27 February 2012 11:54, by Don P

    Soon we will march onto Khartoum and legalise freedom.

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    • 27 February 2012 11:58, by peace seeker

      It seems that you have starvation dizziness.

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      • 27 February 2012 12:06, by Don P

        Peace Keeper ahahaha (starvation dizziness) thats funny. but i mean to say SPLM-N will march onto Khartoum not SPLA. im still laughing at the comment you made though you are putting you head on the chopping block if you want insults.

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        • 27 February 2012 13:20, by Dau-arok

          s-sudan oyei
          SPLA NO CHANGE.

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        • 27 February 2012 13:23, by Rine Village

          Weldone! SPLA has try, that is very good lesson SAF will faced. You SPLA force go ahead with that spirit and liberate all South territories.

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  • 27 February 2012 13:25, by Mi diit

    Congratulations Division 4 Commander Major General Gatduel Gatluak for the victory to liberate Jau. I salute you sir.

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    • 27 February 2012 14:10, by Rommel

      Mi diit:

      I know why you have mentioned the name of this particular General... but I will not engage in the predictable & juvenile and condemn you for it; I will instead join you in saluting this *patriot*.

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  • 27 February 2012 13:31, by pabaak

    Congratulations to the SPLA gallant forces for job well done, all territories belonging to south Sudan should come back,Jalaba crying of oil would not help,the Red gold is gone, the black gold are not there anymore,Nubian are looking for their rights, Blue Nile, and Darfurian too, who will be used again as tool for wars in North?

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    • 27 February 2012 13:59, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      SPLA must includes Abyei in its operations because Sudan has lost all trust from our people of a new nation,we deserves respect not humiliations in the international seen.

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    • 27 February 2012 16:51, by antisplm

      Wait our brave saf response..your president Silva Kirr will shiver like a straw from panic and he will fill the world with shout for help which will never come because the world has more important people to care for than you ,poor dirty subsidized nation..JIHAD IS BEING DECLARED NOW TO PURIFY SUDANESE TERRITORIES FROM SOUTHERN SHIT.PLEASE take your black oil and paint your cows to turn them bla

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  • 27 February 2012 15:33, by Jamjamez

    To this dumb journalist Bonifacio Taban Kuich! How do you report on something you don’t have knowledge on? Stop using borrowed words all the time! JAU is not a DISPUTED area as you bunch of dumb so call journalists have been quoting! IT is an area deep withing South Sudan in Parieng COunty! Get that right from today! stop using language that could backfire on you.You are a South Sudanese dumb kid!

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  • 27 February 2012 17:52, by wad balad


    You have made your move. Now await SAF response.

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    • 27 February 2012 21:47, by Junub

      Black African are moving toward,Jalab people are sick of you.Go to Saudi Arab and be a dishwashers or blow up yourself in Syria.

      LONG LIVE to the real Sudanese is coming.

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      • 28 February 2012 00:23, by allan

        Big up to all brother and sistere in uniform wonderfully job guys keep it up brothers and sisters besider that all and everyone who is against dinka dominate please left him alone our smart next john garang hate it or love it ur own problem

        dinka dominate dont give up brother make this fool understand the hard we go to come to the freedow right now

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  • 28 February 2012 00:26, by Daniel Buolmawei

    What an interesting moment to see those of Jalaby and Mohammed Ali felt vulnerable and resorted to believing in substitutions and lucks which are against Islam. Well, I admire Jalaby’s prayer, but luck will not work for North Sudan because North Sudan did a lot of crimes that reach the ears of Allah. Anyone who does crimes must eventually be punished that rule of nature. To southerners here,

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  • 28 February 2012 00:28, by Daniel Buolmawei

    My division is near Abyei. Next week you will hear news of Abyei not Jau. Mohammed Ali, let’s meet in Abyei.

    Gen. Daniel

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  • 28 February 2012 08:01, by morogot batal

    we are suecidal missionaries....we dont care of what and where to eat...this is our ethic....we dont want you southerners to foccus much on how we servive....only think of how to finance the war against khartoum....we want to finish our mission that we hope fo many years....khartoum will not shut thier mind toward south...only can be shut by bullets


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  • 28 February 2012 09:34, by Njara Ndarago

    I wonder hearing “Jau area” is now called disputed area. The person who posted this article should review it.

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  • 28 February 2012 12:57, by peace seeker

    Only today South Sudan denied any role in controlling Jau.
    Very very amazing!!!

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