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South Sudanese rebels advance on Jonglei’s Duk county


March 26, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) – South Sudanese rebels of the SPLM/A In Opposition said on Tuesday their forces have advanced on Jonglei state’s Duk county after repulsing government troops and their foreign allies who had attacked their defence positions on Monday in the Greater Bor area.

A South Sudan army soldier rests in Bor town, after its recapture on December 25, 2013 a week after the town fell to rebels loyal to rebel leader Riek Machar.(Photo Reuters/James Akena)

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, the rebels military spokesperson, Brig Lul Ruai Koang, said that rebels had taken full control of the main town of Duk Padiet in Duk county after defeating the government forces in the area.

Duk Padiet town is north-east of Jonglei state’s capital, Bor, and strategic area for the defence of the state capital.

In Juba, the South Sudanese army confirmed the capture of the area by the rebels. He further said the fighters of the SPLM-In-Opposition launched their attack on Duk County on Tuesday.

“The rebels of Riek Machar attacked and overran Duk County yesterday at around 5:00pm. They are now in the area," Aguer told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

This attack is "a clear violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement, which they have never respected. The SPLA has a right to defend itself and to protect the civil population and their properties," he further stressed.

Aguer , however, did not elaborate on the army plans to retake the control of the area, although military sources claimed that government troops were regrouping and organising themselves for a riposte against the rebels.

However the rebel spokesperson claimed that their forces were advancing and pursuing the government troops to the south-west of the area.

"The government troops are currently being pursued in directions towards Poktap payam west. A lot of equipment have been already captured from the fleeing (government forces)," Koang claimed.

On Sunday, the former governor of Jonglei state and current lawmaker representing Duk County in the national parliament in Juba, Philip Thon Leek, appealed to the government to deploy more troops to the area as the rebels were mobilising for imminent attacks.

However, the rebels said they were in preparations in anticipation of an imminent attack from the government against their defensive positions in the county.

The rebels spokesperson, Koang, further dismissed the government announcements that the SPLA forces were advancing on Nasir, calling it a "wishful thinking".

On Monday, the SPLA spokesperson, Col. Philip Aguer, told Sudan Tribune that government troops (SPLA) were battling the rebels’ for control of their stronghold town of Nasir.


In a related development, the South Sudanese rebels have also renewed accusations against the Sudanese rebel group, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), claiming they launched attacks on their forces in Unity state.

Brig Ruai said a JEM convoy of 10 vehicles attacked the South Sudanese rebels in Koc county, but were however repulsed, adding they inflicted heavy casualties on the foreign rebels that are allegedly allied to the government army.

"In the last three days (22, 23, and 24-3-2014), Kiir’s allies from the Justice and Equality Movement fighters attacked our positions at Buaw payam in Koc county, Unity state," partly reads the statement.

Koang further detailed that “8 [JEM] fighters killed, 2 Toyota Land Cruisers mounted with 12.7, 4 PKM light machine guns, 5 RPGs 7 with a lot of shells and ammunitions” were captured from the foreign rebels.

The Sudanese group in different statements to Sudan Tribune denied their involvement in the internal South Sudanese conflict and expressed willingness to facilitate a negotiated settlement for the conflict.


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  • 26 March 2014 09:01, by Mi diit

    Bravo freedom fighters. Coward Kiir survived in Juba because of some Nuer plus other tribes, and Uganda army, JEM, SPLA-N, otherwise, we would have captured Juba since December last year. But we will capture it soon.

    • 26 March 2014 09:04, by Naath

      Kiir is confuse tribal leader for good.President Reshuffles University Chancellors
      South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has reshuffled the vice chancellors of the five public universities in the new nation. 25 March 2014
      President Salva Kiir [AFP File]
      Juba, March. 20, 2014 (Gurtong) – In a decree read on South Sudan television, the President relieved seven Vice Chancellors and appointed five rep

    • 26 March 2014 09:09, by Mi diit

      We will exhaust Kiir’s mixed forces all in Greater Upper Nile region so that by the time we take fight the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region those of Uganda, JEM, SPLA-N, half Nuer and other tribes will not be there to continue defending him. The whole of Bahr el Ghazal region will be captured in weeks.

      • 26 March 2014 09:35, by Rommel

        Mi diit
        You are unbelievably delusional. There is yet no tangible evidence that JEM and SPLA-N have participated in this war. You do realise that you tried -and failed- to destroy Bahr el Ghazal during the war when you were under the command of Matip!? You had Khartoum on your side and you still failed!

        • 26 March 2014 11:22, by Jalaby

          You need a tangible evidence that JEM and SPLA-N have participated in this war? you are kidding us, aren’t you?!!
          Ok, we will provide you with the tangible evidence when you first provide us with a tangible evidence that you’re 23 years old or may be younger!!! LOOOOOOOOL
          You’re so so funny man!! LOOOOL

          • 26 March 2014 13:40, by Mi diit

            Rommel is a known liar.

            • 26 March 2014 15:18, by Rommel

              Mi diit
              A ’known liar’!? Me? You know only too well [much to your chagrin] that I actually provide evidence in the form of citations from reputable historians for every claim that I’ve ever posited. Why is it that your posts consists only of rhetoric, but not of actual evidence of any kind? Why is it that you dismiss evidence from reputable historians with terribly juvenile conspiracy theories?

              • 26 March 2014 15:36, by Rommel

                Unlike you, I back up my assertions with evidence. It’s obvious that instead of actually disputing my posts you just sit there and whine about it like a silly child. You foolishly believe that you can evade reality and argue for fantasy. You are so corny. You hate on everyone who corrects you, so that you can feel better about your failures, but it won’t change the facts.

                • 26 March 2014 15:39, by Rommel

                  Your desperate and tortured attempts to bespatter me with the aspersive title of ’known liar’ is hilarious, and is perhaps the most laughable exercise in self-delusion, given your long and sordid track record of lying. It’s obvious you are in need of medication, or have probably stopped taking any.

                  • 26 March 2014 15:43, by Rommel

                    Do you know what you’re doing, Mi Diit? You’re projecting. In psychological terms, projectionism is when someone projects their own noxious qualities onto someone else, and then censures the recipient for now apparently possessing those noxious qualities. You are in desperate need of psychological help, my child.

          • 26 March 2014 16:00, by Rommel

            Ah, I get it, we’re now playing *I’ll show you mine if you show me yours*. Is that it? Well, as much as I think it would be fun to amuse and possibly satiate your incredulity, I’m going to have to insist that you believe me; that you finally comprehend that I’ve lived in the ’West’ since I was a child, and that English -for all intents and purposes- functions as my first language.

    • 26 March 2014 09:12, by Naath

      South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has reshuffled the vice chancellors of the five public universities in the new nation.Is this confuse and stupid,primitive gangster know what he doing right now,so his sueless decree including university level,how can he know that something went wrong in university while hopeless didn’t know how to read and write,which article this hopeless are using,i never see

      • 26 March 2014 15:47, by Rommel

        You’re unbelievably ignorant, you constantly lie, embellish, exaggerate and routinely try to distort and disfigure the historical narrative — but I can’t help but laugh. Your laughable attempts at deception are similar to when a child lies or swears, because as an adult, you’re expected to correct, admonish and discipline the child... But their pitiful attempts at being wily are just so funny.

        • 26 March 2014 16:42, by Rommel

          Mi Diit:
          You’re clearly far too busy scrambling to reconcile hapless contradictions. Once your lies are exposed you then make excuses, as all liars do. But your excuses are horrible — they lead you to further contradictions. You don’t even seem to understand *how* to make your arguments. So let me help you.

          • 26 March 2014 16:50, by Rommel

            You always lie and always turn around and accuse others of lying. It’s like some sort of tick that you can’t stop. The fact that you respond this way is reflective of how you feel about yourself. You do this for one reason: you want to debate, but don’t know how. All you’ve done since is death-twitch like a chicken with its head cut off, spewing sour grapes from your decapitated gullet.

    • 26 March 2014 12:39, by Tong dut

      Kiir is our president, Who is the devil call Machar?
      All Nuer had died and who will be under the rule of Machar?
      Only dead nuer.
      we are tired of stupid tribal Fucked war? No Nuer will capture juba,They will died more then the small number which died before?
      Death to Machar the leader of genges in south sudan.

    • 26 March 2014 18:27, by Johndumo14

      Let them come,the vultures and hynas are hungry,Uganda troops are in the Area,you the rebels must come together with the white army,you must knowthis is one teafic,no going back to your Jungles.

  • 26 March 2014 09:03, by Naath

    Don’t worry about Duk County,Have look this hopeless kiirPresident Reshuffles University Chancellors
    South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has reshuffled the vice chancellors of the five public universities in the new nation. 25 March 2014
    President Salva Kiir [AFP File]
    Juba, March. 20, 2014 (Gurtong) – In a decree read on South Sudan television, the President relieved seven Vice Chancellors and

    • 26 March 2014 09:35, by Wicdail

      Where are those fool who said that they had captured Abobo? these chump can only afford to lie, but couldn’t afford to fight this war on their own; or bring peace by telling their dumb leader to step down? What a useless murder? Job well done our freedom fighters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 26 March 2014 09:54, by wang

        Capturing Akobo will cost Ugandans heavy. All those so called Kiir’ soilders were killed in Malakal, Unity and Jongeli states are non Dinka. Dinka can only talks but not fight as likes men

  • 26 March 2014 09:25, by Bentiu son

    Fabulous news indeed! Thokjiok Bentiu White Army began their defensive operation against thievery Warap Government. The arrival of Jundi Iraq at home had caused great panicky in Greater Bahr El Ghazal region special Warap State.Soon our freedom fighters will flash those Gelweng militias of Salva Kiir Kuethpiny- a Jurchol bred turned Dinka Rek of Twic West.No room for alien forces in South Sudan.

  • 26 March 2014 09:41, by Joseph Canada

    All Dinka Generals have run to Nimule and to Kampala!!! The Dinka Soldiers are said to have taken refuge in the UNIMIS compounds!! Equatorians are now left to fight unjust war and have not been paid for the last four months. Ghost names are said to be the only ones that got paid with the UPDF !!this is sad!!

  • 26 March 2014 11:32, by Letigolight

    Government forces regrouping! Waw! So they were sent in disarray after they attempted to attack the opposition fighters! Musevei’s desperation is growing day by day as the chances for syphoning South Sudan Dollar in remittances and illicit profits grow thinner! Kiir and Museveni out of South Sudan affairs! Curse on them and their fighters in the name of the living GOD

  • 26 March 2014 11:40, by Jalaby

    What?! the rebels advance on Jonglei’s Duk county? what Ugandan army,SPLA-N & JEM are doing then?
    Mr. Kiir is required to take a crucial action against them and end their services immediately without even giving them a notification letter for ending their services and look for hiring other mercenaries from now and waste no time!
    Ugandan army,SPLA-N & JEM are sucks!

  • 26 March 2014 13:43, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I confused why rebels led Riek Machar still claiming for foreign forces, are they defeated?
    The war is seem over.
    Let us wait shortly to hear the, anuoncement of #Riak Machar, Pagan Amum, Taban Deng,Majak Agot,Oyai Deng,Alfred Lado and Ezekel Gatkuoth Lul for their facing death penalty but rests are sentence in absentia.

  • 26 March 2014 15:31, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    I always said that all Nuer people always listen through their ass. One thing Nuer don’t even know is that "seniority is always seniority in it place. There come a time that all Nuer people will beg for mercy from Dinka. Look now the way the are suffering from stupid Riek Machar in the bush. No payment. Now in Unity State about 350 rebels from Nuer had surrendered to Commander Santino Deng Wol.

  • 26 March 2014 15:46, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    I am really confident that all Nuer people are cursed by God through their tremendous bad atrocities that they always committed. No matter what happen, all Nuer people will be the loser forever. Some are now blaming Riek Machar for their payment since Riek Machar promised them that all Nuer rebels will get their payments. Shame on Nuer.

  • 26 March 2014 15:54, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    "Politic is a dirty career" If you like politic, makes sure that you know your foundation and your exit. Riek Machar seems to be a politician, but, however, he had no foundation and exit. He now mislead all Nuer people and now in South Sudan, all Nuer will be the wicked and low valued community in South Sudan. They are bighearted people, looters, thieves and many more.

  • 26 March 2014 16:08, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Now all Darfurian people took up arms according to the prophecy of Hussein Turabi and according to what they believe in Quran. Now were are they Darfurian? Are they not fighting with the Northen Sudan government because of that deceiving? Nuer people will fight Riek Machar in the long ran because of this and the wrong information about Ngundeng’s prophecy. Stupid Nuer.

    • 27 March 2014 07:24, by omoni jr.

      you mr. lost/slave AKA Augustine Death.
      why don’t shut the fucks up? you are just wasting your own damn time,in fact you are behaving like animals,especially you Dinka,cowards and thieves, Nuer at least respect the human right and its dignity compare to Dinka who killed ,raped ,and everything including chickens,.

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