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SPLA chief of staff in Bahr el Ghazal for military operations


April 15, 2017 (JUBA)- The chief of general staff of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) is in Bahr el Ghazal to lead military operations against armed opposition forces after renewed clashes in the region.

President Salva Kiir, (L), accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong Awan, (R), waves during an independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, on July 9, 2015 (Photo AP)

A high-ranking military officer told Sudan Tribune on Saturday that General Paul Malong Awan is in the region to oversee military operations after renewed clashed erupted in Wau and Raja.

“The chief of general staff is on the mission. He is Bahr el Ghazal now. He was in Aweil on Thursday and Wau on Friday. He is there to talk to the local command there and to ensure that they have enough manpower and military weapons to deal with the recent rebel activities,” a military source told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

The military who is not authorised to speak to the press said they were now refocusing their efforts to addressing security matters in the region.

“We have refocused our efforts on figuring out what to do to stop the activities of the rebels,” he said, adding that more troops are now being mobilised to be dispatched to Raja.

“The issue of Raja requires an urgent attention and is one of the reasons the chief of general staff is in the region. He is talking to the division commanders to send more forces to reinforce forces on the ground. What was in Raja was a brigade but now because of these operations, there is a need to increase the number of the forces there. The command is thinking of sending more forces”, he said

Local officials in Lol state have claimed that political differences between the chief of general staff and governor Rizik Hassan Zachariah have compromised working relationship.

The differences are seen as the reasons the command has been hesitant about providing weapons, ammunition or other military support to the area.


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  • 15 April 2017 23:09, by Garang Akeen

    Great move, Gen. Paul Malong, we are here to bomb rebel out in our country, south sudan will free from rebel for all, Lion is stand ready to ever mission, and elephant is busy doing it best.

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    • 15 April 2017 23:35, by padiit gaga

      Nothing work from failure government, every one must smell the smoke of fire that was burned by Dinka President including thembefore UN take it as fail state.

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    • 15 April 2017 23:44, by Mi diit

      This doesn’t make any meaning. He is increasing an insurgency in the region and the cycle goes on...cycle goes on....

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      • 16 April 2017 00:00, by Mi diit

        Dear Paul Malong,
        Being an idiot with kids around you is okay...kids never mind it...they just love the way you are...SPLA I.O have been teaching you for the past three years...and will still be teaching you to the last minute of the game.

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    • 16 April 2017 00:12, by Chong Thow

      No matter how you try, your tribal dictator leader will never win this war. War is not solution
      For you to control this country. The only solution is peace. If you chose war instead of peace, you lose.

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      • 16 April 2017 09:29, by Garang Akeen

        @Chang Thou Gatnyere, all u rebel supporters are very thirst of war which against devolopment but destructive, we in gov,t are not interesting in war but peace, and you rebel are fighting for Riak Machar to become president and threten us with war of interest.

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        • 16 April 2017 09:50, by Sambala Sambala

          Garang Akeen,
          You have already defeacated in your own eating plate, you just now making empty noise, just look at the economy, look at how civilians are runing from your government to the camps, looking at how long people take to recieve thier salaries, look at starvation and famine all over. Are you not ashamed to talk. your animal brain has killed you. Better repent and be born again

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          • 16 April 2017 20:26, by Garang Akeen

            @Sambala, these, economics, starvation, famine has been impose by you power greedy since you thratening farmers, oil workers, killing Mtn /jiengs on high ways. No matter we can deal with you

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    • 16 April 2017 08:17, by Eastern

      Garang Akeen,

      A big lie! There are no rebels in Bahr el Ghazal; these are just bandits. There are rebels in Upper Nile only. Have you accepted that there are rebels in Bahr el Ghazal just because Matur Chut lost a brother?

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      • 16 April 2017 09:44, by Garang Akeen

        Easten, may you give yourself time to tell me what you are fighting for? By the way they are thieves, gangs, bandit, looters they have no objective at all,

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        • 16 April 2017 10:00, by jubaone

          Garang Akeen,
          Thes must be very organized bandits and thieves who have prompted the Kiirminal and illiterate jienge general to now go to the frontline. You have a lot of homework to do. Our boys are at work. Soon you will hear Malong has been killed. I think he’s deliberately going to the war front so that he dies a jienge martyr. Good luck

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          • 16 April 2017 20:34, by Garang Akeen

            @Jubaone I am not like you, Am at work now, I left lion division this morning to Raja.

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        • 16 April 2017 13:56, by Eastern

          Garang Akeen,

          You have not answered my question. Are ther rebels in Bahr el Ghazal (a no go area for rebellion) or those are the usual BANDITS? I will talk of objectives, etc later....

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          • 16 April 2017 20:02, by Garang Akeen

            Eastern, bandits, gangs, looters are here in bhar el gazal, and if you consider them as a rebels that ,s fine I can admits theirs present

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        • 16 April 2017 19:21, by Eastern

          Garang Akeen,

          I am not here to educate you on what those opposed to Kiir’s misrule are fighting for....

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    • 16 April 2017 09:42, by Sambala Sambala

      The days of hiding behind other tribes to win wars are comming to an end. soon the Dinka will face it head on, Bahr El Ghazal mathiang Anyor has to get the fire direct to test how painful it is. They are finishing in Equotoria, upper Nile, Unity, Warap etc. Know that some men also exist who can bring you to your knees soon. No dialogue, NO CPA but only war to test who will survive.

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      • 16 April 2017 10:17, by jubaone

        Sambala Sambala,
        Once these uncircumcised jienge scoundrels (nyors) are defeated, there will be no more in SS. The jienges have mobilized all their available luakjiengs and there’s nothing more left. Most are now just internet generals without any effect. Keep up boys, wipe these hopeless insects . No surrender, we want to see their blood spilled.

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      • 16 April 2017 10:26, by Garang Akeen

        @Sambala, We Dinka/Jieng didn,t invite any tribes alright? We are men, who care of you?

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        • 16 April 2017 19:23, by Eastern

          Garang Akeen,

          You are men indeed! Face it as men....!

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          • 16 April 2017 23:02, by Garang Akeen

            Ofcause, men are at works

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    • 16 April 2017 11:52, by Midit Mitot

      Butcher man talking nonsense at his homeland for another tribal militia mobilization against other tribes in the country.

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    • 16 April 2017 14:15, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      That’s very grateful mission.

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  • 15 April 2017 23:29, by Garang Akeen

    Upper nile is now, a matter of time to be free of from riak machar rebel . Gen Paul is working to bring rebel to an end, those who refuse dialogue with gov,t should enjoy bitterness of war.

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  • 15 April 2017 23:49, by Kush Natives

    Mr. Gen. Chief of staff, the only thing that we need to first and foremost is shutting down the border of DRC & CAR first. Seal off those two borders before the full operations starts. There’s no any other choices that the government can do now! We have to discard all the peace process that we were abiding by since national prays day.

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  • 16 April 2017 00:04, by Kush Natives

    Mr. president, if you’re so scared for whatever reason we don’t know, then you need get to out of there, and give somebody a chance to free us out of rebels. We all know that you have been up to peaceful dialogue since day 1, but rebels took advantage of your kind heart. We need a heartless human to deals with those thugs who hear through guns.

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  • 16 April 2017 00:12, by Kush Natives

    We needs to hear in a few days, those nyagaatees, who are still operative in the jungle of DRC & CAR are cleaned out! Taban himself MUST be hold accountable, if he can’t controls his forces in the region. SSIS should pay close attentions to this folding crisis. Rebels within always hard to defeat, because they’re operating within.

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  • 16 April 2017 01:18, by Adok son

    Don’t u know that those wars of previous years were fought by USA under Obama’s administration?
    You are misled by those gangs,so that this year will not be like the years where your supporters Donald Boost,Susan Rice and John Kerry uses to reports as "both sides have committed atrocities and crimes against humanity". This year,there is a man called "Trump"to persecute any criminal who acts like u.

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    • 16 April 2017 23:16, by Garang Akeen

      @Adok son, gatnyere beating drum of war and call others people to dance it for you is misplace here, we are going to bomb u out in s.sudan territory

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  • 16 April 2017 01:36, by Adok son

    Cont...If it is not because Dr Riek Machar Teny is worry about our life in SS,he would just signed an Ally together with any one who can let him to get the power from Salva Kiir easily. Riek doesn’t like to get powerby force,because if he needs to get it,definitely since his forces were advancing towards Juba in the year 2013,he would have taken the power by force but unfortunately he was advised

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    • 16 April 2017 01:51, by Kush Natives

      Adok son,
      Who advise him (Riek)? You thugs better think twice, taking over this Democratic elected president by force will throwback all horn of African countries into a hole. All the power thirsty should first think about that. Now, the government accept zero tolerance policy of dealing you in the thick forests of CAR & DRC. It will be up to now rebels to call for peace or not.

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  • 16 April 2017 02:03, by Adok son

    Kush Natives!
    Riek was advised or influenced by the Geneva’s protocol that said; if a leader turned against his own people by killing them and reached to the stage of Juba’s genocide of 2013,which was carried out by Salva himself, then the international community is expected by the people’s movement to come and take Salvakiller as it happened to the president of Ukraine who had killed 200 civilian

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  • 16 April 2017 02:11, by Adok son

    Con..compare it to Salva Kiir who have murdered 50,000 innocent civilians in cool blood

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    • 16 April 2017 02:22, by Kush Natives

      Adok son,
      I don’t think you know better about Riek Machar. If you do know him, much lives lost under TWO genocides that Riek did in 1991 and 2013? We should be accountable, when we says things. 25,000 in Bor, 17,000 in Ruweng, 23,000 in Balliet, 13,000 in Dong-jol and 37,000 in Warrap, this is 1991 alone, plus 50,000 in 2013 that you just said. This man become a virus, and MUST be eliminated!

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  • 16 April 2017 03:12, by Nairobimitot

    South Sudan need peace, not war. We are just going to finish ourselves for no reason. We need to talk and solve all our problems on the table.

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  • 16 April 2017 08:54, by Adok son

    Kush Natives!
    I’m talking of what is known by S.Sudanese people, not by an estimation of souls in the areas like what u have just mentioned above,but for me is really a live history which is on our watch done and still continuing.
    So,let the business of US ended in our beloved county,u will see how Salva Kiir had murdered a lot of civilian in their " would be reported " about SS atrocities and war

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  • 16 April 2017 15:35, by anyanya1

    One will say we know our problems and the solution needed, greediness in tribal lines, and illusion of winning the war until we die all cause this country is useless for us, let us burn it down until we finish, good luck everybody.😁😁😁😁😁

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    • 16 April 2017 16:53, by Nairobimitot

      Anyanya one you are not South Sudanese how can you wish your country destruction that makes knows that you are not from South Sudan and you are living outside somewhere. Your family is not in South Sudan. You are psychic and pathetic.

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      • 16 April 2017 21:35, by Lino Gai Akok

        The so called IO, how long will it take you to liberate South Sudan?

        I am tired of you for talking against Dinka, do you think by doing so will let you gain popularity and support?

        I recall what Arab in Khartoum said that these South Sudanese will not govern themselves, this has come true.
        When wil you sit as South Sudanese to solve your own problems instead of looking for foreign solution?

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        • 16 April 2017 23:25, by Garang Akeen

          @Lino these are theive, bandits, looter, gangs who make ambush with intention to loot, they atack town with intention to steal. No objective at all

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