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South Sudan rebels deny government forces besieged base


July 17, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan rebels loyal to former First Vice-President, Riek Machar dismissed as untrue reports that their headquarters were surrounded by pro-government forces, saying their forces are 25km away from Pagak, a town on South Sudan’s border with Ethiopia.

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Rebel forces under the leadership of former vice-president Riek Machar have been engaged in an armed trsuggle with the South Sudanese government for more than nine months (Photo: Reuters)

“The genocidal regime forces led by notorious commander Nhial Batoang and his fake Governor Bol Ruach Rom are now suffering and they are under the full control of freedom fighters at Thocdeng”, the rebels said Monday.

On Sunday, the army (SPLA), in collaboration with its allied forces, claimed they had besieged the rebels’ stronghold.

The rebels urged the public not to panic, describing the report as “wishful thinking” and “white propaganda” by the government to raise the morale of the defeated forces who attempted to occupy their positions in Mathiang and other areas.

“Please denounce the white propaganda that merciless forces of Salva Kiir claimed to have approached and surrounded Pagak GHQs[General Headquarters], by which force should they be able to surround Pagak GHQs?” further noted the statement.

The rebels are reportedly assembled in big numbers in Thocdeng “in order to dislodge this genocidal regime forces from their local trenches that they dug after they had learned that their cars wouldn’t come out from the buddy soil of Wichluakjak”.

“This dead regime forces will not step foot to either Maiwut or Pagak GHQs. The Lion heart commander Cdr. major General Khor Chuol Giet of division five (5) shall never allow them to move forward or back,” the statement adds.

Multiple sources told Sudan Tribune Sunday that the SPLA soldiers were a few kilometres from Pagak, a rebel base on South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Aid workers have also confirmed the clashes around Pagak, forcing some of them to flee to Gambella in Ethiopia after the town came under sustained air and ground attacks from the government forces.

About 5,000 civilians, the United Nations said, have fled their homes in Pagak.

The head of the U.N mission in South Sudan, David Shearer said last week that thousands of South Sudanese civilians were fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia as government troops advanced towards Pagak, expressing grave concern over the growing refugee crisis.

“At least 25 aid workers have been forced to relocate from Pagak and surrounding areas due to increased insecurity,” said Shearer.

Stressing there was no military solution to the South Sudan conflict, the U.N official called upon the two warring factions to stop the fighting.

“It’s unacceptable that 250 innocent children, and the people who care for them, find themselves in no man’s land between the warring parties,” Shearer told reporters in the South Sudan capital, Juba.

The South Sudanese conflict started in mid-December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused Machar of a coup attempt. Since then, tens of thousands of people have died and over two million have been displaced.


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  • 17 July 2017 22:35, by Eastern

    “The genocidal regime forces led by notorious commander Nhial Batoang and his fake Governor Bol Ruach Rom are now suffering and they are under the full control of freedom fighters at Thocdeng”, the rebels said Monday.

    Folks, remember, the present South Sudanese are on the path of detroying the current South Sudan....?

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    • 18 July 2017 05:41, by Newsudan

      next spring SPLA will teach you a hot lesson.

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    • 18 July 2017 12:43, by jubaone

      That is what jienges do best; use other proxy militias, hirelings and mercenaries to fight for them cos they are just cowards. Imagine some of these Nuer "nyagats" didn´t aid these scoundrels, the problems of jienges would long be resolved. Let IO just uncompromisingly hold it´s position. NO ND, only ARCISS 2015; Kokora or Federalism. Period

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    • 18 July 2017 14:12, by South South


      You are right, there are a few people in South Sudan who want to destroy South Sudan including internet fighters.

      On the other note, you are still struggling with your English. Look what you wrote on July 17th. "Right. Let Mogae stay on". Very bad English sentence. I will not point out any mistakes you are going to make in the future. Don’t say that again, "Advance English Learner"

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      • 18 July 2017 16:17, by Eastern

        South South,

        I am happy that you learnt nothing from the irony of that phrase - it just bamboozled you. "Right. Let Mogae stay on"..........Kiir and his damwit think JMEC under Mogae has delivered. Magae insists he is not throwing in the towel. RIGHT. LET HIM STAY ON and the suffering in South Sudan will continue ad nauseam....

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        • 18 July 2017 18:20, by South South


          " RIGHT. LET HIM STAY ON", is a good phrase, but "Let Mogae stay on", is a very bad phrase, poor English. Just check it again.

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          • 18 July 2017 18:32, by South South


            Big help to you with your poor English

            I stay
            you stay
            we stay
            they stay
            he/she/it stays
            Mogae is a man: Mogae stays.

            Go back to school and simple English.

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            • 18 July 2017 20:49, by Eastern


              I have told you umpteenth times that I have NEVER been to school. Folks like you, who have been to school are messing here. I am happy that you’re learning the Queen’s language. Helping you learn this language is diversonry as I will waste the valuable time I have to teach a donkey!

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              • 18 July 2017 21:37, by South South


                I promise not to correct your poor English in the future. You loser can not get away with terrible mistakes you made in English. I never said I am perfect in English, I never said I have Advance English degree. I make mistake in English and I learn from them. You are not just stupid, you are dumb ass, a person with learning disability and a person who may need special education.Shit!!!!

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  • 17 July 2017 22:40, by Theone

    What public are you talking about?

    Oh yes! Your family and Riek Machar family,but not ours in South Sudan.

    No TV,no news,and no food and you morons are wared about public panic. There is death not panic.

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  • 17 July 2017 23:02, by Sunday Junup

    I know they will never reach Maiwut. Please focus on dislodging them. They are talking of next February 2018 plan not now. I thought Makuey Lueth (Liar) would come out to announce that they are in Pagak. They sang this song long ago and claim that they will announce the capture of Pagak since last week. Remember Nhial Batoang and Bol Ruach are in full control of SPLA-IO, Wait to hear from them.

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    • 18 July 2017 08:51, by DINKA DOMINANCE SPLA/M

      War incitements must stop.especially for you who never went to fighting ground.

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  • 17 July 2017 23:03, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Machar, how would you know and you are in prison. Furthermore, 25 miles is not too far. Also citizens and NGOS who leave the area should give you the clues if you are still clueless. Two options, surrender or be capture and stand to prison. Just be wise commanders and soldiers. It’s your life.

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    • 18 July 2017 15:10, by DR,dolbaleeny

      Dinka defender, You are blind man ,you never see the bright future of south Sudan, you are in the dark, take this ,the good thing will happen in mind of the real human(ramiraan) Dr Riek will rule South and he will bring the happiness to you and the rest of Southerners. Those forgotten men of yours will never touch the Pagak land they will end up there.

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  • 17 July 2017 23:07, by Sunday Junup


    Please forget about Pagak (Nuer Vs Nuer) and focus on Warraf ad Aweil (Dinka Vs Dinka), read this evening good news from your state. https://radiotamazuj.org/en/news/article/kiir-declares-state-of-emergency-in-parts-of-south-sudan

    Ba duol jaani dak (i will destroy Jieng Council of elders) said by Prophet Ngundeng

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    • 18 July 2017 01:52, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Sunday, are you still talking about Prophet Ngundeng? How many years are you going to keep hoping for Ngundeng prediction? He was wrong, but you are still blind to see. Don’t worry about what is going on in Warrap, Aweil, and other Dinka areas. That is only pressuring P. Kiir to reinstate Gen. Awan in his position.

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      • 18 July 2017 06:58, by Sunday Junup

        Have you seen how desperately you are in needs of positions. How can you kill citizens because of Awan positions? I don’t believe in Ngundeng but if they are coming true what do you think? In 2013 - 2015 how many people die when dr.Riak was not in Power because of God His anger? more than 100,000 right again after Kiir dislodged him from Juba? more 100,000 right? or you wanted

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        • 18 July 2017 07:03, by Sunday Junup

          to blame Kiir or Riak for this crises. It was not even Taban brother. every one of them was trying to put things in place but until all of you realize the role of dr.Riak and made him president you will all perish i told you. Not only Nuer believe in dr.Riak to bring peace in South Sudan but also Equatorian, Murle, Shiluk etc and you could not achieve Peace with out those tribe to be sincere.

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          • 18 July 2017 07:08, by Sunday Junup

            Dr.Riak gain popularity among citizens including Dinka brother. He is ordinary person like other South Sudanese but ask yourself why people rely on him? He did not made any infrastructure even in his home town for Nuer yet they still believe in him. He did not bring any weapons to Shiluk or Murle even Equatoria yet they still sing a songs that he is South Sudanese Messiah.

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            • 18 July 2017 07:14, by Sunday Junup

              In 2013 when he was removed by Kiir, God’s anger through Salva Kiir Massacre more than 10,000 Nuer and other tribes in Juba, it continue until 2015 agreement which mark the decrease of death told. Slowly fighting move to Shiluk when they were resisting Nuer. Fighting escalate to Equatoria when he was dislodged from Juba and also in Bargezhal after he was put into house arrest.

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              • 18 July 2017 07:24, by Sunday Junup

                Now ask yourself, is he (dr.Riak) has that capacity to gain that yugh popularity with out spiritual influence to people? Lam Akol who have equal PHD with him rebels but he could not get even his fellow Shiluk, Cirillo rebels but could not get even his fellow Equatoria, they all wait for Dr.Riak to be release. Even now the war you are talking about in Bargezhal will be under dr.Riak.

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    • 18 July 2017 22:10, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      During Ngundeng era,there’s no something called JCE,you needs to growup n think-talks maturely and reasonably dont let this trbal prejudice u possess drives u crazy.
      NB: JCE was born out 2013 crisis.

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  • 18 July 2017 03:01, by john locke

    The dinka mission has failed. They have been lying about surrounding pagak while their troops are still stuck in the trenches. Their troops have been defeated and the governer wounded. Yet they think they can still defeat us. Just focus on tour dinka tribes fighting eachother

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  • 18 July 2017 04:52, by john akeen

    South Sudan government, please and please and please you need to stop playing or president Kiir you need to stop being afriting of sanction, you need to defeat Rebels so you can free the country, the people of South Sudan are tired of running everyday and tired of dying everyday because of something call Rebellion in the country.What is wrong with you the government of the Republic of SS

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  • 18 July 2017 04:55, by john locke

    Whats wrong with youre government is it is being ran by liars. Notcie how just a day or two ago they claimed to have us rebels surrounded. Yet we now find out that they are still in the trenches. Their troops are scared to battle against us rebels. They will not touch nuer land. Trust me

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  • 18 July 2017 08:12, by Mike Charlie MC

    the gallant force of SPLA IO will f**ck all Nuer Wew with their fake leader term ’’TABAN AL TABAN ’’ and Extra-terrestrial term tabanist

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  • 18 July 2017 22:23, by Nairobimitot

    There will be a time when South Sudan will be under Bashir, Omar again. If the SPLA and the government of South Sudan failed to eliminate the rebellion, there would be a collective effort by the international community including the NGO’s and the Africa Union to give South Sudan back to Arabs Masters. I am with the government 100%. This war is going to 4 years now and no solution. There must be a solution, and the government can fight very hard to keep south Sudan stable by eliminating the rebellion in the country. South Sudan should be number one in Africa concerning a stronger economy and military power.

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  • 18 July 2017 23:10, by john locke

    Blame youre jiang leaders who hijacked the country and continue to kill non jiangs. While at the sametime they lie and talk about a ceasefire while theey attack us rebels. Than accuse us of violating while they try and talk peace. Omly ome soultuion, either kill kiir or remove him

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