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Machar rebels claim to have recaptured strategic town of Mayom


April 21, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Rebels led by South Sudan’s ex-vice president, Riek Machar, said they were advancing towards neighbouring Warrap state after capturing Mayom, a strategic border town in Unity state on Monday morning.

Rebel fighters aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar march in a village inside rebel-controlled territory in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 9 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

"Our troops this morning defeated Salva Kiir’s forces and took full control of Mayom town and its surroundings. This is a strategic area situated at the border with Warrap state," Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune by phone.

He said the town fell to the SPLM-in-Opposition on Monday at about 7am local time.

Dak claimed the SPLA suffered heavy causalities, adding that details from the fighting would be made available by the rebels’ military spokesperson later on.

South Sudan army spokesperson, however, dismissed the rebel claims as "untrue".

"The SPLA [Sudan Peoples Liberation Army] forces are in full control of Mayom county", Phillip Aguer said, but gave no details about the military situation there.

The fall of Mayom county, if independently confirmed, poses a direct threat to Warrap state, which is home to the South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir.

The latest incident came barely a week after the opposition forces recaptured Unity state’s capital, Bentiu, including the oilfields in the state.


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  • 21 April 2014 11:09, by Bravo Nuer

    Warrap the cradle of this genocide must be given the taste of their own medicine. they were the ones who preached this unrest in our country. they told their incompetent son kir who asked their opinion whether to give ticket for SPLM chairmanship to another competent figure "a ci bi gam" which means never give power up so war too a ci bi gam.

    • 21 April 2014 11:20, by Bentiu son

      Allah Wabar! Allah Wabar!! What fabulous news buddies? Thanks our freedom fighters for liberating the Unity State from Juba genocidal regime running by clueless crooks,comedians, yesmen/women/,submissivers,tribal mindsets mongrels who lack trust,sincerity and goodwill towards South Sudanese people.Plz, hurry up to liberate our people in BEG who are suffering under Salva Kiir painful regime.Change!

      • 21 April 2014 12:03, by Mi diit

        What else can Philip Aguer say when he is working with a leadership that is proud to lie and deny. He is employed to lie and deny too. Don’t worry, he will also confirm the fall of the town to the rebels as usual after one or two days.

    • 21 April 2014 12:34, by Tong dut

      Go to Warrap Will end the war,kill all goats cattles Dinkas(DOG0) So that he may cry and run away from sudan, those are his relatives supposed to be like what took place at Bor, we hope tomorrow I will hear him grying like a fox.

  • 21 April 2014 11:11, by Mi diit

    Well, this is good news. Mrs Akiir laughs at the people of Upper Nile and Equatoria saying they are destroying their own areas. He doesn’t feel the pain even when his generals, soldiers are killed and civilians killed too. But now when it comes to Warrap state, he will feel a selfish pain in the butt. Step down foolish Kiir!

    • 21 April 2014 12:02, by Ayom Ayom

      I think the people of Warrap have the right to protect and defend themselves, if there is any attack and threat by rebels and I am sure the rebels will face a serious resistance/battle from the community, it is now going to 10 days with mass mobilization of community police deploy across the border of unity state and warrap to protect their life and properties.

      • 21 April 2014 12:13, by Gat Gan Kiir

        When we say No to Dinka Kingdom, we mean it. Those who have celebrate the killing of Nuer civilian in Juba and else where must rethink again, the Mighty Nuer Warriors have accepted war being imposed on them, no stone will be left unturned in Warrap. The sign of falling to Dinka Kingdom is visible to be seen. Wec ewecda

  • 21 April 2014 12:17, by Majongdit

    I have said time and again; and I am going to say it one more time. To advance on Warrap would provoke some terrible response. Unity State exists by our mere mercy. It is one state inhabited by Nuer that is neigboring Lakes, Warrap and Northern Barh el Ghzal. 6 counties of Nuer in Unity cannot withstand any large scale attack.

  • 21 April 2014 12:19, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Look these rebels, with their nonsene. Mi diit, Bentiu son and Bravo Nuer, please, Mayom cann’t be simply fall, do you know the scale forces currently? Bentiu is now target to be retaken back by SPLA.

  • 21 April 2014 13:33, by Jalaby

    As I said it before, we fed up with SPLA/M and their never end support to SPLA-N & JEM and their endless lie hence we decide to support our historical ally the mighty Nuer warriors!
    Absolutely, Warrap is one of the 4 south states that has a border with Sudan and should be cleaned from SPLA-N & JEM and will soon fall under mighty Nuer’s hand!

    • 21 April 2014 13:40, by Jalaby

      We will not just supply Nuer rebellion with weapons and food but have the Janjaweed fierce fighters fighting shoulder to shoulder with them!
      Before we had a very truthful agreement with Paulino Matip regarding the oil fields protection and the oil share revenue, he never lied to us or stabbed us from behind and we exchanged him the same truthful!

      • 21 April 2014 13:50, by Jalaby

        We agreed to do the same thing with Machar and the same statements apply as before!
        Oil exportation won’t stop and we will share it with Machar group this time!
        Cutting off the oil revenue from Juba government is like cutting off the oxygen from a patient under surgery and can’t breath without the artificial oxygen during that surgery!

        • 21 April 2014 14:19, by Jalaby

          Don’t tell me that Nuer and Arab had allied before against SPLA but didn’t make any achievement, you’re clever person right?
          First that alliance allowed Sudan to drill and exported the oil during the harsh fighting and SPLA couldn’t stop it, second that alliance created a huge crack inside SPLA body and deeply weaken it and SPLA couldn’t make any real victory over SAF

          • 21 April 2014 14:31, by moto


          • 21 April 2014 14:45, by Jalaby

            It is for sure worthwhile to remember one very important fact in the current equation now, the US & West countries support during that fighting is no longer exist because US and the west are reluctant to support any of the warring parties and very surprise and don’t know what to do now or how to end this war! that logistic and diplomatic support never exist now!

            • 21 April 2014 14:51, by Jalaby

              Ok guys, show us how will you make it without US support?
              It’s now our turn to make Museveni pays back to us his all due very expensive bills, Museveni hired himself to destroy Sudan by supporting all rebels since he came to power, we will give Museveni a great lesson that he will never ever forget again, we will prove to him who has the real say in the south, and

              • 21 April 2014 15:00, by Jalaby

                who has the upper hand in the south, we will let Museveni know that messing and entering his nose in our backyard and playing with our national security are not fun at all and that will cost him very high price which will be beyond his ability! We will let Museveni know about his real size!

                Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

                • 21 April 2014 16:40, by Majongdit

                  Uganda + South Sudan >>>>>> than Sudan.

        • 21 April 2014 14:26, by Majongdit

          In the truest sense we in the South had honestly seized supporting Sudanese rebels; that’s why SAF gained significant victories recently. It was the West that was pushing us to support them. We stopped agreeing to West demands because they don’t help solve our problems especially in the North-South wrangles. We shall remain abide by the agreement we signed with Beshir not support rebels.

          • 21 April 2014 14:31, by Majongdit

            Dont bother yourself to explain to us your relationship with Matip or any other Nyagaat. I told you earlier that Nuer were created to be like that. The Arabs and Dinkas use them in turns. You know that they either are being used by Dinkas or Arabs. They joined Khartoum several times in history but you always know that we are better. Tell me when did you once appoint Nuer a VP?

            • 21 April 2014 16:34, by Majongdit

              In fact even after the Khartoum Peace Agreement of 1997 of Dr Riek Machar you failed to award him a senior position. It was Prof. Machar Kacuol (Dinka) that was still held in position as 2nd VP. We know that you Arabs always use the Nuer and gain from them and then dump them. And come back to us.

  • 21 April 2014 16:40, by Kim Deng

    The Nuer (the only threat to Dinka Kingdom in the South) patience for their unquestionable love to the mother land (South Sudan) gave Dinka all the opportunity they needed to expand their power in the South. The more wealth and powerful the Dinka become, the more able they are to further expand their empire.

  • 21 April 2014 16:41, by Kim Deng

    Such, we have seen that the Dinka Kingdom has been using the SPLA not only to eliminate Nuer leaders, but also to destroy/reverse Nuer History [Nuer Conquest/Expansion-Nuer resistance against colonial rule.] By 2016, the non-Dinka tribes across Dinka Kingdom especially the Nuer who never surrender to any colonial or Kingship will be subdue to the maximum.

    • 21 April 2014 20:36, by Fact Nonsense

      A lot nonsense is being preached over here. Should Nuer rebels try on step into Bar el Ghazal, than mark my words no nuer will be left upright and kicking this time because their rebels are advancing to a road of no return seriously involving. Remember what nuer did to Dinka which is never talked about openly shall be done to any nuer openly by Dinka this time. Try your stupdity and you’ll perish.

      • 21 April 2014 20:55, by Fact Nonsense

        It’s very akward to show somebody a sign of togetherness and then slapped you in the face. This time, the Dinka must act on fronts to bring this madness to an end quickly. Nuer are so usefulness and unforgivable. This time, they must be dealt with in every corner. The Dinka community should now look at the matter with nuer as tribal war. Let every Dinka youth whether soldier, civilian take charge.

  • 22 April 2014 13:51, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Tong aye couthok ne tong and they all become sharp
    that is spear is sharpen with spare.
    is now tit for tat game till one side surrender like 1991

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