Category: Military

S. Sudan rebels accuse army of attacks in Yei River state

June 9, 2018 (YEI) – South Sudan armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) has accused the pro-government military of attacking its base at Kenyira in Mugwo payam of Yei River county.
“The attackers ran back in disarray with suspected casualties and our gallant soldiers captured three AK47 from the coward attackers,” said Wayi Godwill, a spokesperson for the rebel-appointed governor.
He added in a statement, “We are outraged by this attack which led to the abduction of a boy and an old man by the (…)


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South Sudanese official joins rebel movement

June 5, 2018 (LOL) – Omer Eshag Mohamed, a former information minister in South Sudan’s Lol state has announced his decision to join the opposition movement led by ex-army chief, Gen Paul Malong.
“After carefully thinking and analyzing all the options I had, I have finally decided that I will be joining SSUF/A under the leadership of General Paul Malong Awan because after the collapse of the peace talks in Addis Ababa, it is very clear that President Kiir and his team are not ready for (…)


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Clashes between S. Sudan army factions leave dozens wounded in Mayom county

May 31, 2018 (MAYOM) – Heavy clashes occurred on Thursday between two South Sudanese army factions in Mayom county, leaving dozens dead and several others wounded, a resident said.
James Makuey a resident of the area has told Sudan Tribune that the fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan army Gen. Buay Rolyang and a group allied to Mathew Puljang in Mayom.
“As we speak now, fighting is still going on and so many people have died,” he said, adding that a number of civilians have (…)


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S. Sudan army and rebels killed civilians despite ceasefire deal: monitors

May 30, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s army and rebels massacred civilians, burned children alive and gang-raped women, despite a ceasefire agreed upon in December last year, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) said in a new report on the war-torn nation.
The 14 CTSAMM are yet to be publicly released despite pledges by regional leaders to have those who violated the ceasefire agreement punished.
Both South Sudan government and rebels have (…)


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South Sudan’s army accuses rebels of ceasefire violation

May 23, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) has accused the armed opposition leader Riek Machar-led forces of violating the ceasefire agreement the warring factions signed in Ethiopia.
The army spokesperson, Brigadier General, said Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO launched offensive attacks on government forces in the country’s former Unity State.
“I request ceasefire monitoring body to investigate and hold Riek Machar and his field commanders accountable (…)


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S. Sudan rebel faction condemn threats to kill former army chief

May 14, 2018 (NAIROBI/JUBA) – A member of South Sudan United Front (SSUF), a rebel movement allied to ex-army chief, Gen. Paul Malong has condemned President Salva Kiir’s alleged threat to kill former foreign minister, Deng Alor and ex-diplomat Telar Riing Deng.
Kiir, Juba Laberti website reported, threatened to eliminate Malong, Telar and Alor for conspiring against his government and disclosing sensitive information on national security to Washington with the aim of toppling his regime. (…)


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South Sudan rebels accuse Kiir of cancelling ceasefire accord

April 28, 2018 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese armed opposition (SPLM-IO) official has accused President Salva Kiir of having allegedly vowed and ordered the country’s national army forces to crush out rebels.
Lam Paul Gabriel, the deputy spokesperson for the armed opposition claimed Kiir made the remarks while addressing his forces in Bilpham.
“This is a clear cancellation of the signed CoH [Cessation of Hostilities] and declaration of full swing war in South Sudan,” he said.
Lam claimed (…)


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Fresh fighting erupts between South Sudan rival forces

April 19, 2018 (RUBKONA) – Fresh fighting erupted between South Sudan’s two main rival forces, with each side accusing the other of violating the ceasefire accord.
In a statement issued on Friday, the deputy military spokesperson for the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO), Lam Paul Gabriel accused the Juba regime’s forces of allegedly carrying out offensives against their troops.
“The regime’s forces are on offensive against the SPLA IO in Wunulyet- near Juba and Gezira in Rubkona county. (…)


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South Sudan’s army chief in Cairo for treatment

April 15, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s army chief of staff, General James Mawut Ajonga is recovering following a Kidney operation conducted in a Cairo-based hospital, relatives told Sudan Tribune.
Ubeer Mawut, a brother to the army chief, said they opted for Egypt via Israel after the army chief was denied an entry visa to Germany.
The general was scheduled to fly to Germany for medical attention.
Medical examinations, he said, showed that the South Sudanese army chief of general staff (…)


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S. Sudan NGO boss arrested over illegal gun possession

April 10, 2018 (KAMPALA) – Police in the northern Ugandan district of Lira are reporting holding staff of a South Sudanese non-governmental organization over illegal possession of firearms.
Morris Okwir, Daily Monitor reported, has been working as programmes director for John Dau Foundation (JDF) in South Sudan.
Okwir, 39, was reportedly arrested by police Sunday night following a tip-off by a concerned resident that he was in possession of a rifle.
During interrogation, Okwir reportedly (…)


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S. Sudan rebels say repulsed army attacks in Upper Nile state

April 1, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan rebels say they repulsed an attack by pro-government forces in the areas of Ketbek and Padanyang in the Upper Nile state region on Saturday and Sunday morning.
The rebels’ deputy spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel told Sudan Tribune that the attackers were repulsed with “heavy defeat”. “The regime’s forces left their position in Wechyaradiw and attacked the SPLA-IO [the armed opposition faction] controlled areas of Ketbek and Padanyang. However, the SPLA-IO (…)


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South Sudanese rival forces clash in multiple locations

March 25, 2018 (JUBA) – Rival South Sudanese forces have issued statements in which each side blames the other of initiating new clashes in violation of the ceasefire in multiple places in the country, raising doubts over the commitment of the parties to ending war.
The spokesman of the army, Lul Ruai Koang told a news conference over the weekend that rebel forces allied to the exiled former first vice president Riek Machar and other armed opposition carried out attacks in the Upper Nile, (…)


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S. Sudan rebels deny recruiting foreigners to their ranks

March 15, 2018 (JUBA/KAMPALA) – South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) have denied allegations that they are recruiting Ugandan youth into their ranks.
Ugandan media had reported on Tuesday that security operatives have arrested a preacher in the northern district of Lira for allegedly conscripting Ugandan youth into the South Sudanese rebel movement that is fighting to topple the government of President Salva Kiir.
Lam Gabriel, SPLA-IO deputy military spokesperson, said in a (…)


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Uganda army tightens surveillance on S. Sudan border

March 13, 2018 (MOYO/JUBA) – The Uganda army (UPDF) has heavily deployed along its border with South Sudan and intensified surveillance, a day after a soldier died during a raid by gunmen.
Private Ibrahim Congo, attached to Gbari army detach, died of gunshot wounds sustained in shoot-out with the armed men who drove away more than 800 cattle, security officials told Daily Monitor.
“It is unfortunate that one of our soldiers got injured and died after during the time they were pursing the (…)


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South Sudanese rebels accuse Juba government of propaganda

February 11, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese rebels have accused the Juba regime of spreading negative propaganda, yet it continues to attack its positions in violation of the various cessation of hostilities agreements.
Garang Mabior, armed opposition’s external relations director, cited the May 2017 unilateral ceasefire Kiir declared, but “immediately” attacked rebel bases in Pagak and Maiwut.
“The SPLM/SPLA(IO) also takes this opportunity to denounce the negative propaganda being fabricated (…)


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Rights body welcomes arms restrictions on S. Sudan

February 3, 2018 (KAMPALA) –The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ), a South Sudanese human rights body, has welcomed the United States decision to impose arms restrictions on South Sudan, calling on the United Nations Security Council to back the move.
On Friday, in response to the repeated violations of a cessation of hostilities reached last December, the US administration established a weapons embargo on South Sudan pointing to continued violence and brutality against civilians and (…)


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S. Sudan, South Africa’s defence ministers to sign agreement

January 29, 2018 (KAMPALA) – The defense ministers of South Africa and the Republic of South Sudan are expected to sign an agreement in the capital, Juba.
The South African Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was expected in the South Sudanese capital, Juba on Monday to meet her South Sudanese counterpart, Kuol Manyang Juuk.
The two ministers, News24 reported, are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on co-operation in the field of defence (…)


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South Sudan rebels say released 15 prisoners of war

January 28, 2018 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese armed opposition official said they released 15 prisoners of war and handed them over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Sunday.
The deputy rebel spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel said the war prisoners were airlifted from Kolopach airstrip at New Fangak in South Sudan’s Phow state by the ICRC to the South Sudan capital, Juba.
He, however, said those freed declined to go to Juba for fear of “repercussions” that could arise (…)


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