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NAS, South Sudan army clash in central and western Equatoria: spokesperson


December 17, 2018 (JUBA) - The holdout National Salvation Front (NAS) led by Gen Thomas Cirilo said its fighters clashed with the South Sudanese government forces in Central and Western Equatoria during the weekend.

South Sudanese SPLA soldiers in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on August 20, 2015 (Photo AFP/Samir Bol)

The clashes took place after a statement released on 13 December claiming that the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) and its allied militiamen of Mathiang Anyoor were massed in Lobonok (Central Equatoria) in addition to airlifting troops from Juba to Tore County of Yei River State, and Rasoul in Maridi county, of Maridi State.

NAS Spokesperson Suba Samuel Manase on Monday that the government forces based in Yei and carried out a coordinated attack on their position at Mile 13 and 20 on Yei-Maridi road on Sunday 16th December 2018 morning.

Manase said they repulsed the attack and inflicted heavy losses on the assailants.

He further said that the SSPDF launched an attack on their fighters in Lobonok on Sunday at 03:00 pm, but their fighters repelled the three-hour assault and killed seven government soldiers.

He added they wounded 10 soldiers, captured 13 AKM Rifles and two PKM machine guns as well as three Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup.

NAS spokesperson said they were prepared for these attacks as they had intelligence about the preparations more than a week ago.

NAS rejected the revitalized peace agreement calling for a genuine federal system in the country.

However, the rebel group reiterated its commitment to the Cessation of Hostilities of 21 December 2017.

"NAS urges UNIMISS, IGAD and TROIKA, Friends of South Sudan and International Community at large to dissuade the Government of President Kiir from proceeding with these unprovoked planned attacks," Manase called.

The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) will hold a technical meeting on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, in Addis Ababa. But it is not clear if its members will discuss these claims.

In its latest reports of 29 November 2018, the CTSAMVM said the situation in the Yei River State is complicated by tensions between the SPLA-IO and NAS-TC. The report said the two groups violated peace agreement.

However, this time the government forces are involved in the fighting against the NAS elements.

UN and IGAD officials called to bring the non-signatories groups to sign the peace agreement, warning that the repeated clashes the rebels may derail the peace implementation process.

The IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan Ismail Wais met the South Sudan National Democratic Alliance last week in Addis Ababa and asked its factions including the NAS-TC to submit a position paper on the peace agreement and their demands.

But the IGAD until now did not say if they plan to open talks with them for a supplemental agreement.


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  • 18 December 2018 00:07, by The Rhino


    Before and during the Lo’bonok retreat,Kiir and his tribal gangs the JCE have been convening and scheming plans and attacks against NAS positions.This was very clear.Therefore NAS and the freedom fighters were/are determined than ever to destroy or repulse any negative force that get closer to their bases.Yes,people are tired of wars, but we must never make any mistake and forget our......

    • 18 December 2018 00:15, by The Rhino

      ....dead brothers and sisters who were innocently murdered in cold blood by Kiir and his tribal militias,being it in Juba,Wonduruba,Yei,Nimule,Pageri,Wau or Upper Nile and across South Sudan,NO!Its our moral obligation as Equatorians to now call a spade a spade and confront the evil head on.We must protect any civilian in our own territories and fight any demon to the bitter end.Kiir and his......

      • 18 December 2018 00:22, by The Rhino

        ...vermin are on the wrong side of history.They must reap what they’ve sowed in this country.Any attempt or move for counter attacks against NAS angry warriors will only promise their quick end, period!

    • 18 December 2018 04:03, by South South

      People should not waste their time commenting on NAS. NAS has no forces.

      • 18 December 2018 05:39, by Eastern

        ......rather say, NAS should face their enemies silently. We heard this foolish utterances of their being no SPLA-IO in Equatoria, blah, blah before. NAS shouldn’t make this a public announcement....!

        • 18 December 2018 06:30, by South South

          No concern at all about NAS. It’s a joke. I am laughing. For Peace, I am for it, let’s support peace in our country.

          • 18 December 2018 07:13, by Joseph Canada

            You propergandist, who do you think is forbwarv in South Sudan if it’s not the JCE? Nuer bought that properganda before inside And many Innocent Nuer women, Children and youth lost their lives. This is one last straw you will mess up with this time.

      • 18 December 2018 09:49, by Landlord

        The modern army is not after number but efficiency of shooting and planning. if someone feels they can only fight with fifty thousand soldiers, you are just a cow. war doesn’t mean the huge forces.

        • 18 December 2018 11:07, by South South

          I have never seen in my life monkeys waging war, this is will be something new in the world.

  • 18 December 2018 01:29, by Games

    Well done NAS, you boys are doing awesome works. Keep doing that

  • 18 December 2018 02:58, by One people

    well you didn’t see a real war yet buddy; that was just an small clashes and you started on calling UNIMISS, IGAD and TROIKA, Friends of South Sudan and International Community at large to help you out, that was a big shame on you "NAS" when you talked about you repulsed the attack. A winner never call anybody for talk or for help. The Q is, why are you holding AK-47 in the bushes of SS?

    • 18 December 2018 12:34, by jubaone

      One People, Bush Natives,
      Over 60% of all "nyors" have killed, put out of action or pinned down in various frontlines. Many deserted with demise of fugitive Malong and have turned into street beggars and ciminals in Juba. Come dry season 2019, NAS/SSNMC/PDM is there to stay. Just recruit more and war continues as usual. Let guns speak. UPDF should keep out while we battle it alone.

  • 18 December 2018 09:49, by Kush Natives

    Wicked and hopeless rebellion now starts paying a great consequences, nevertheless, we’re at the summer of 2019 shortly. Indeed, the talking points is now showing who’s who. Laughing at NAS! Why calling for Troika and international community if NAS accomplished the mission? Double check your article NAS, something is bringing a great shame on you.

    • 18 December 2018 12:39, by jubaone

      Bush Natives,
      Over 6 months ago, I predicted that Malong´s rebellion would die out "silently". Most of his nyors have left the frontlines and now the Kiirminal is counting on Tabanists and nyagateen hirelings to fight for him. NAS/SSNMC/PDM are NOT the same as jienge rebels who give up soon, they are there to stay. These are hard-seasoned Eqautorian "bush-fighters", be prepared for a bloody nose

      • 18 December 2018 17:14, by Khent


        You have been corrected (on multiple occassions) that the vast majority of Salva Kiir’s soldiers are from Bahr el Ghazal. Where was this Equatorian commitment during the war with Khartoum? Why was a Cirillo a Khartoum compliant General until his return in the 2000s?

        • 18 December 2018 17:36, by jubaone

          Does that answer the question, as to where you "Bahr el ghasalians" were, when our forefathers started the Torit uprising in August 1955 for a whole 17 yrs while you were cuddled and nursed by the jellaba? FYI. Gen Cirillo fled and joined the movement in 1992 and returned to Juba in 2005 as part of the military advance team.

          • 18 December 2018 18:15, by South South


            Majority of Anya nya 1 soldiers were Dinka, only a few Equatorians joined Anya nya 1. Yes, Joseph Ladu was the leader of the movement. The position was given to him by Dinka to please Israel which put up very strong conditions that a military man must lead Anya Nya 1 for Israel to give support. Cirillo was fighting with Arabs until he noticed that SPLA will take over South Sudan.

            • 18 December 2018 20:58, by jubaone

              South South, Khent.
              Bla..bla..bla! embellishment and self aggrandisement. Soon you will tell us, jienges developed ballistic missles and even enslaved jellaba. Reality loss or serious amnesie?

          • 18 December 2018 20:48, by Khent


            You really are ignorant. The 1955 *mutiny* was a short-lived affair that did not last beyond 1955. The Anya-Nya 1 rebellion started in 1962-63, and that was more than just a mutiny... it was the actual start of the first civil war, and the Dinka provided more than enough troops. The Dinka were not "coddled" by people they’ve been at war with since the 14 Century.

  • 18 December 2018 10:00, by Kush Natives

    Mr. Games,
    "Well done NAS, you boys are doing awesome works. Keep doing that"
    You’re an animal baby who doesn’t know which group of animals you belong. NAS and IO are doing a terrific job of playing you! I always laugh when I see your cowardice comment.

    • 18 December 2018 10:02, by Kush Natives

      Peace by the way!

      • 19 December 2018 05:15, by Pakuai

        Fellows, these foreign trolls of Mr. Eastern & Jubaone won’t agree with anything until South Sudan is ’re-united with their cloned arab North Sudan’. Something that would be like the ’biblical camel passing through an eye of a needle’. Mr. Eastern and Jubaone were the ’losers who were weened off the South Sudanese teats’ after our country’s independence in 2011. They are the ones who often post>>

        • 19 December 2018 05:21, by Pakuai

          these loads of propaganda against our country & our people. SUDAN TRIBUNE doesn’t have any reporters here in South Sudan nor does it has offices just like Radio Tamazuj. These foreign online tabloids have offices have office in Khartoum. And SUDAN TRIBUNE has an office in France. My lowly informed South Sudanese idiots, these SUDAN TRIBUNE & RADIO TAMAZUJ online propaganda machines are the CIA>>

            • 19 December 2018 05:59, by Pakuai

              The US, the UK, their UN, their evil juus (so-called israel), their gulf Arab states financiers & some of our South Sudanese fools. Had any South Sudanese piece of ’rubbish seen or read what was negotiated in Khartoum’ between our ’so-called SPLM/A-IO and the government of South Sudan?. Nil/nada/none had read it. The reasons are, the US, the UK, their UN,

              • 19 December 2018 06:07, by Pakuai

                their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus (their so-called israelis), their gulf Arab states paymasters, their shifty allies & their terrorist proxies have ganged up together on a false assumption that their so-called UN, NEW WORLD ORDER government that *would span from Euphrates Rivers, Tigris right up our Nilotic valleys & plains* And that the false ’Messianic’ NEW WORLD ORDER government would>>>

                • 19 December 2018 06:13, by Pakuai

                  be financed by the ’the gulf Arab states, some rich evil juus (so-called israelis) in the US (Wall Street), some shady rich Europeans, Asians and even rich Africans’. My fellow lowly informed South Sudanese fools, open your damned foolish eyes. The evil juus (so-called israelis) have step on the wrong people feet, us the Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan>>>>

                  • 19 December 2018 06:20, by Pakuai

                    We are going to destroy the evils out of our country and over our people, once and for all. For those lowly informed South Sudanese idiots, prophet Mohamed was coached by a Jew woman in 630th AD to *’copy cat, everything that is Old testament* and urged Mr. Mohamed to put include her Jew tweak into his Koran. Fellows, Islam is not a religion, but a pure fantasy. Otherwise,>>>

                    • 19 December 2018 06:28, by Pakuai

                      we, the Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan would have been the Muslim even before other countries. My lowly informed South Sudanese fools. We are the ancient Egyptians, we are the ones who own Egypt & coptic people, Southern Egypt to be precise. The valley of Kings is our country. During the ’rise of Islam in 630ths AD’, the criminals from Saudi Arabia,>>>

                      • 19 December 2018 06:36, by Pakuai

                        first came to Southern Egypt to ’expand their new found religion, Islam’ but the criminals were bloody noses pretty badly. They went and ’captured the whole Egypt including the end of the Nile, Iqzandaria (Alexandria) and came back again to Southern Egypt to try their luck again. But the evils were again bloody nosed badly than even before their first attempt>>>

                        • 19 December 2018 06:51, by Pakuai

                          The Arabs went and captured the whole Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, some parts of Spain and Malta. The evils came back again and tried their luck again in Southern Egypt. The evils ’came back again and asked for trade’ with our ancestors. And that is how ’Islam came to rich Southern Egypt and North Sudan’. Islam didn’t came to our country through conquer but through sheer>>>

                          • 19 December 2018 06:57, by Pakuai

                            intrigues. In countries like West Africa, they went & let themselves be intrigues but some criminals North Africa countries like Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, even Libya to some small extent that Islam is ’a religion’ and were asked to join the packs. And that is who many West Africans from Senegal, Mali, Northern Nigeria, Nigeria, Chad and even Darfur people became Muslims>>>

                            • 19 December 2018 07:36, by Pakuai

                              Many West African new recruits to into Islam were used to pester our ancestors, on their pilgrimage to pass to go to Mecca for religion as their by *new Islamic religion require them* that the Muslim must go to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for El haj in their life times>>>

        • 20 December 2018 07:21, by jubaone

          Try to put your bravery to test by "containing" Murles who apparently have sent your coward jienge bor scampering for their lives to Nimule, Juba etc. If you can’t beat the Murles how else can you beat Equatorians, coward?. Now the worn out nyors are expecting divine help from Riaks IO to fight NAS/SSNMC. You losers are nothing without Equatoria. Jienge go home 🏠.

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