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South Sudan army repulse four attempts to retake Heglig - spokesperson


April 19, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s army says it has repulsed four attacks by its northern neighbour to retake to the strategic oil area of Heglig - the region is claimed by both sides but has been occupied by southern forces for over a week.

Oil facility destroyed by the recent clashes between SPLA and SAF in Heglig and the corpse of a SAF soldier, April 17, 2012 (ST)

In the face of international criticism Col Phillip Aguer, the spokesman of South Sudan’s army (SPLA) said on Thursday that his country was fighting “a just war” and that the morale of the military was high.

The SPLA "have so far repulsed four attacks by the Sudanese Armed Forces”, Aguer said; three on Wednesday and one on Thursday.

However, the spokesman for the Sudan’s Armed Forces (SAF), Al-Sawarmi Khalid, told Reuters on Thursday that the northern army was now fighting "inside Heglig."

Juba denies this and says that it forced SAF 23 kilometers away from Heglig.

"They are now in control of this area and are ready to go ahead but they have been instructed to wait”, said Aguer.

He added that two other SAF attacks took place in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State and another in Western Bahr el Ghazal State on Thursday.

Both sides accuse the other of starting the fighting in late March that has since escalated dramatically.

Khartoum claims that Sudanese rebels backed by Juba helped the SPLA take Heglig a week ago. This is denied by Juba but photos from the Associated Press news agency appear to show fighters from Darfur rebel group the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in Heglig on 15 April.

On Thursday the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) claimed it had launched an assault on the al-Kharsana oil region near Heglig. "We are surrounding the Sudanese army in the main military base in al-Kharsana," JEM spokesman Gibreel Adam Bilal told Reuters by phone.

JEM’s claim was denied by Khalid, who told Reuters that the al-Kharsana area was free from fighting.

JEM, and two other Darfur rebel groups with the SPLM-North operating in South Kordofan and Blue Nile formed a coalition earlier this year aiming to overthrow the Khartoum regime. The SPLM-N fought with the SPLA in the Sudanese civil war, which ended in 2005 and are still backed by some elements of the Juba government according to research group the Small Arms Survey.

Juba denies this and says that Khartoum is using South Sudanese rebels as proxies to destabilise the young country, especially around its oil fields in Unity State. The Small Arms Survey also state that there is evidence that Khartoum is supporting these groups - although this is also denied.


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  • 20 April 2012 08:12, by Kurnyel

    Kill Riek Machar first before we fight Khartoum Amen

    • 20 April 2012 08:19, by Mi diit

      Kurnyel (Jalaba),

      You are defeating because of Riek Machar, right? God is with him always.

      • 20 April 2012 08:22, by Mi diit


        This is the real war liberation that will determine the official territory and borders of what is known as South Sudan as predicted by Ngundeng. We got our interior land through peaceful self determination vote. We will demarcate our borders with bullet liberation soon.

        • 20 April 2012 08:44, by man koryom

          Am tired of hearing lies from Arabs. Nuer should also know that ngundeng is nuer magician and has nothing to do with South Sudan success. All the Prophets said thing in writing. Nuer/Naath, where is the book of ngundeng? Stop fooling and fight for our freedom as South Sudanese. Ngundeng talk about cattle of mabil-thiang - and that why Nuer got involve in cattle rustling and steal cattle from Dinka

          • 20 April 2012 08:55, by Ruach

            Man Koryom.You are too noisy like Bashiir.What a noisy child like you!!

            • 20 April 2012 09:06, by man koryom

              Dude, stop teaching theology about Ngundeng here. You are like Arabs who think they are close to God than anyone. And anyone else who is not them should die. Am not like Bashir. My grandpa fought during Anya anya one and my dad and brothers fought in SPLM. Am going to war soon and my son will. Betrayal is not in our blood. Quit spreading lies about me.

              • 20 April 2012 13:24, by Mi diit

                Man koryom,

                You are free not to believe what Ngundeng prophesied. Let us just see them happening quietly.

      • 20 April 2012 08:23, by Kurnyel

        Your mother fucker or your master Machar which is black like your mother will soon follow your dead master Garang, God Sudan will kill him not the Arabs blessing people, Amen

      • 20 April 2012 12:25, by bior angeth

        Some people here are blind to see the truth; why do they always connect ngundeng in everything? Please we believe in Christ not ngundeng.

    • 20 April 2012 08:26, by Malou Manyiel


      Fuck you, come and kill him if you are a man. This time, all South Sudanese are united than ever before. We have learnt your tactics of dividing us for Arabs interests. One South Sudan, one people and one mission.

      • 20 April 2012 08:34, by Kurnyel

        Malou son of scum what do you know about Sudan? you are just our slaves go and wash your masters feet not to talk about Arabs just wait Jana rham ya yin ta

        • 20 April 2012 08:46, by Malou Manyiel


          Hahaha, Are you confused and frustrated by the SPLA Son of bitch, Inta yaho jana rham. You if don’t go back to Syria, you will be our slave very soon!!!

      • 20 April 2012 08:38, by Mi diit

        Malou, that is a stupid Jalaba calling himself kurnyel like one of us to try to divide. His hatred for Dr. Machar will even cause SAF to lose war further. Bashir knows Machar because he wounded Bashir 1980s war in Unity state.

    • 20 April 2012 08:28, by Sir King

      You are stupid indeed and I know you are from Bashir gangs and if you are not from there, then, you must be from Dinka Bor who don’t want something productive from Nuer people. Nuer are strong men and they are still strong. South Sudan can succeed without Dinka Bor. Just fuck your way and don’t talk of killing a leader like Riek please!

      We like few people like Majak Agot only but not u

      • 20 April 2012 08:38, by Malou Manyiel

        Arabs division over South Sudanese is over. We have learnt!!

    • 20 April 2012 08:32, by Robot

      You just changed your name recently, let me warn you, there were people who had been against the welfare of the people of South Sudan and they have disappeared, South Sudan is a chosen land given to us by God and anyone who tries to preach hatred will be sorry.. we are forging ahead and SPLA is ever a strong Army.

    • 20 April 2012 08:37, by CHUOLJBOL

      wow! don,t think like an Arab who want take our own land.machar is the roots to peace in south Sudan,when we lost him, Bany Mayardit will take us take back to where we come from and we will face more difficulty in the North one again.

    • 20 April 2012 08:39, by Land-of-Cush


      Go and kill him.
      He is now in Rubek but I am afraid the Dinka of Rubek will kill you before you kill him. From now onward SPLA should fought the war and calling Ngundeng that NGunden Oyee? Believe that Arab army will not even see south Sudanese army and they will confuse during fighting.

    • 20 April 2012 08:43, by Thomas Ader

      The Enamy in Khartoum is trying to sing song of war but it was stated by Nyundeng that Khartoum will be divided into three parts. one part will be occupy by darfours, another part will be occupied Nubian, Fungi and Southerner and third part will be Arabs and this is where all fighting stop.

    • 20 April 2012 08:47, by CHUOLJBOL

      who will kill him! Spla are in the border defeated the Arab. SPLA OYEEEEE 1000 TIME will go on for their support technically,financially,military and politically.

    • 20 April 2012 09:26, by Lual Garang De Lual

      Dear Sudan Tribune
      I had really seen how biase this site performed. How can you posted a picture of JEM soldier in a pickup truck taken from unknown destination and pretended that it was seen from Panthou, can you provide us with evidence of when it was taken? Panthou is South Sudanese territory and JEM has no presence in South Sudan at all.

    • 20 April 2012 10:20, by Joseph Makuer

      To all Southerners, don’t be fool.

      I am not Dinka Bor. I warned all South Sudanese here to be aware of whom they talk to. That individual named Kurnyal might be the prior user named Jalaby return to threat us to make foolish believe in what they said. Right now, all Dinka What and what are all united under one emberella... Riek is touring every corner of South Sudan and gained large support

    • 20 April 2012 10:48, by Thiang Geka

      Kuryel, what you mean will happen to your boss instead.

    • 20 April 2012 10:53, by Thiang Geka

      SAF will be defeated by SSA from South Sudan boders.

    • 20 April 2012 14:20, by Chanson

      Bashir Soldiers are shiting and peeing in their pentie.We taught them alession in Jau Town,Heglig,war-Guet,Kir-Adem in Gog-Machar and Western Bahr el Gazal.Yesterday the coward Northern army came to the bridge with Jeep loaded with 12.7 and RG 7 AND hit one of our soldier and ran.Why do they used hit and run method when their leader Bashir called us Insects that must be crush? SPLA/M MUST WIN!!

      • 20 April 2012 14:28, by Chanson

        I mean Jeep loaded with 12.7 and RBG.

        @ Bashir and his 2,300 street boys who are fooled by the creminalogy son of whore Bashit by give them 1000 Dinar & motorbike or what even name given to their currency.Come and be prepare for your death because most experience mighty SPLA/M will come and send you to hell.

        GOOD LUCK

  • 20 April 2012 08:22, by Thomas Ader

    SPLA OYEE! I know Khartoum will not defeat our mighty SPLA men in Panthou because their men capacty is weak. Slave games has been encounter by all black people in Sudan as a all. southerner can not figth southerner any more. Now it is our time to fight in all fronts, from Darfour, Nuba mountian, Blue Nile and East Sudan. Basher must be killer like Gaddaffi. SPLA OYEE, LONG LIVE SOUTH SUDAN.

  • 20 April 2012 08:26, by Kurnyel

    Our forces are the corner of Juba leave alone south Kordufan just wait fools and smell the dead Dinka Nuer

    • 20 April 2012 08:32, by Malou Manyiel


      If you don’t shift you mosques back to Middle East were you came from, you will have no were to pray this time in Khartoum. Mark my words. Look, even Darfurians and Nubians whom you have been fooling to fight against their own African brothers have now learnt, and never can they fight along your sides this time.

  • 20 April 2012 08:27, by Thomas Ader

    The Black Arabs like Hamed Horuan will suffer because mighty Nubian and Furs have joints their hands and finished Bashier, Please step down your days are numbers.

    • 20 April 2012 08:36, by Sir King

      I realize that Kurnyel is from Khartoum, and hence I would like to apologize to any Nostalgic Dinka Bor here in this forum but they should stop bothering Riek Machar, old mistakes are forgiven and we should not bother anymore. Let support our leaders with full effort to liberate our terrorities. SPLA OYEEEEEEEE. Leave alone fucken Kurnyel who is confused with his master, Mr.Umaar. Sorry indeed!

      • 20 April 2012 09:06, by Malou Manyiel

        Sir KIng,

        It’s good to have qucikly realized and apologized. This is our major problems we South Sudanese, we are so easy to believes lies and allegations and begin judging the book by its cover before analyzing. When Bashir talks of liberating South Sudanese the other day, it will not be by military but such tactics of division since some of us are easily convinced

      • 20 April 2012 10:16, by Joseph Makuer

        Brother Sir

        I am not Dinka Bor, but your apology is accepted. I warned all South Sudanese here to be aware of whom they talk to. That individual named Kurnyal might be the prior user named Jalaby return to threat us to make foolish believe in what they said. Right now, all Dinka What and what are all united under one emberella... Riek is touring every corner of South Sudan and gained large suppor

    • 20 April 2012 08:37, by Kurnyel

      Nik wom mak Dr Hamed Horuan is our national hero

      • 20 April 2012 08:52, by Ruach

        Kurliel!You are too noisy like your Bashiit.What a noisy pple!!

      • 20 April 2012 08:54, by LL Reuben

        Terrorist Kurnyel,

        Call your gay prophet mohammed all you want, but we’ll still swing your asses back to the desert where you originated. This is the last war and we’re going to eliminate all of you terrorists so the left will only be pure African and some few non-extremists of Arab origin. Your like are not going to survive our new mission. God bless South.

      • 20 April 2012 09:02, by morogot batal


        panthou (heglig) become a momentum of redimical madness to you.please, i advice you to look for the solution b4 it become attrocity.
        - why are you talking of juba corner leaving heglig near you there?
        - juba is a poissson to any traitor.mind you that equatoria is a bless zone that cannot be disturb by any devels.

    • 20 April 2012 08:52, by Dinka Aliap Chawul


      Why do u call urself (Pigeon-Grey colour) a dinka kind of dove-like pigeon.U are not an Arab please.just pick ur Ak47 and fight anywhere coz SPLA is like MTN which is everywhere.which Juba do u talks about? Waterways are seal off if u dont know.or otherwise u are Jallabi in Kurnyel uniform,dont b ashame 2comeout with ur your Jallabi,SPLA doesnt want to change names bt 2clr 1956 borders

  • 20 April 2012 08:35, by Thomas Ader

    Brothers and Sisters you do not need response to the tribles messages posted by individuals, leave him/her alone and support our people. your enamy is my enamy and enamy is your enamy, so there is no need for us to fight over a messages posted because he/she try to test our unity.

    • 20 April 2012 08:58, by Malou Manyiel

      Thomas Ader,

      Thanks alot for that observation, indeed this Arab are trying to know and test our unity to see how best they can divide us again. Only few of us who are hard to learnt Arabs tactics will take us back even when we are independent state. Look at what Sir King has said up there against Dinka Bor, before analyzing who is Kurnyel and his views. But he just bust.

  • 20 April 2012 08:43, by Ruach

    Arab League is for Arabs.We don’t need intervention from Arab organization/League.South Sudan is African and christian and traditional religiuos State.Let them talk to their Arab brothers in Khartoum.We need our lands back stolen in the past.

    • 20 April 2012 08:52, by Kurnyel

      You people of so call Lakes State you don’t need to be so cheap than selling a piece of banana to a poor person. contribunting your sons to fight who? or to defeance which govenment? am a sudanese but you are leftout in Juba government, you were better in North than how you are now plase stop being drugged to the war that you are not going to benefit from.

      • 20 April 2012 09:02, by Ruach

        Kur Yel.You are a south sudanese,but injected with Arabs food and sperms in your anus.You are too noisy like your mother fucker President called Bashir.What a noisy child!!

      • 20 April 2012 09:08, by Dinka Aliap Chawul


        When are you going to learn that ur lies are familiar to us in Rumbek and South Sudan in general? SS was nurse in Rumbek and anything bad that happen to it now will be a greater lose of whatever we contributes to its birth,we dont fight for power as ur childish ponder tells,we fights for our land,Juba can be rule Bari/Nuer/other Dinkas bt’ll never displace us bt u! Laah laah! Criminals.

      • 20 April 2012 09:14, by Malou Manyiel


        You are so stupid!! Look, we have Deng Athorbei, min of electricity in the national government, we have Paul Mayom Akech, min of Water & Irrigation, Daniel Awet Akot, Dpty Speaker and many other deputy ministers from Lakes Stat. Where are we left out here you fool!!!

        • 20 April 2012 10:29, by mark-jacob

          dear all
          we must undretandant, how condition we where for adicate which claim life 2 million.I hope we need to persuade our people to calmdown and arrange atable for deplomacy.

      • 20 April 2012 10:38, by Ruach

        Wat a noisy neighbour!!

  • 20 April 2012 10:29, by E. Defense Forces
    • 20 April 2012 11:59, by Ming Dhal

      What is wrong with you man? are you suffering from an idiotic acts?
      What soever you wishes will never happen and mind you if you don’t refrain from your stupidity South Sudan army will take over that fucken gov’t in Khartoum wise you bad luck son on bitch

      • 20 April 2012 17:52, by Dinkawarrior

        President Kiir is losing popularity among South Sudanese! The releasing of POWs without approval from the Parliament and from South Sudanese people before the war ended cause a lot of tension in the country! He is not ready to justify the constitution rules through his solidarity as a commander in-chief of the Army (SPLA) to brief the country for ongoing situation!

        • 20 April 2012 18:11, by Dinkawarrior

          I doubted where the Dinka Cowboy is with his Vice President and the Defend minister? Juba must stop drinking too much alcohols as well as stop chasing widows, the must defend the country and brief its citizens for the current situation? Medias shouldn’t only be used as the sources providers but as a tailback through leaders’ ideas!

          • 20 April 2012 19:59, by Dinkawarrior

            The SPLA Commander in charge of Panthou gets annoyed about the lies distributed by the Criminal government of Khartoum to his people. Gatduel said he might not agree with the president and some of the SPLA officers are refusing to withdraw from Panthou (Heglig)!!

            • 21 April 2012 05:18, by Dinkawarrior

              The foreign minister Nhial Deng and the bitch who is representing us in general assembly of UN must resign their positions immediately. We never heard anything from those guys, they faill us seriouly. Mr. Kiir also fail to address the nation for the current situation on the ground? Medias shouldn’t only be used as the sources providers but as a tailback through leadership’ideas!

  • 21 April 2012 07:51, by Common Cole

    the more ridiculous the deadline, the more it costs to try to meet it

    • 21 April 2012 08:51, by Kurnyel

      Victory always our Heglig must remain ours no matter what it is. this is a clear message to slaves of Dinka so call Nuer your ass is fuck now wait what will happen soon in Bentiu. Amen

  • 21 April 2012 08:58, by E. Defense Forces

    We need regime change in both Sudan.
    wounded SPLA Soldiers in Bentiu
    Scenes from the entry of the Sudanese armed forces Heglig
    Recovery of the Sudanese army to Heglig

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