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UPDF Warn Machar Rebels


dosage http://copiproperties.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/videopress.php sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; line-height: 150%;”>The rebel movement’s spokesperson Brig Lul Ruai Koang told more about http://ceris.ca/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-comments-endpoint.php sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; line-height: 150%;”>Chimpreports on Sunday that Bor is “vulnerable to winds of change” after South Sudan forces were kicked out of forward positions in the Upper Nile State.

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Koang said South Sudan troops “that had been occupying Gadiang forward base in Duk County, Jonglei had abandoned it along with Poktap, and Wernyol barracks. Other smaller military outposts were also abandoned. Salva’s forces and Allies are currently heading to Bor vie Panyagor, the Administrative headquarters of Twic East County. SPLA’s Gallant Forces are occupying abandoned bases to avoid security vacuum and possible lawlessness.”

He added: “The withdrawal leaves troops tripped in Ayod with no other options apart from following suit. Some of the troops on retreat, mostly from Greater Bahr El Ghazal Region crossed over to neighbouring Lakes State where they were engaged in a three hour gun battle by loyalist forces opposed to abandonment of defensive positions. With no UPDF forces in forward bases, Bor is left vulnerable to winds of change, Juba and eventually the whole country.”

Speaking to this website on Monday, army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said Machar rebels are playing with fire.

“If they dare attack Bor, they will pay a huge price,” warned Ankunda.

“It is as simple as that.”

The fall of Bor would provide rebels a highway to Juba, the political seat of President Salva Kiir’s government.

Uganda’s Special Forces units remain on high alert to respond to any attacks by the rebels – who recently swept through the oil town of Bentiu and others, leaving a trail of bloodshed and destruction of property.

War broke out in South Sudan last year with President Kiir accusing his former deputy, Riek Machar of attempting to overthrow the government.

Machar denied the allegations, saying Kiir intended to get rid of “reformists” in the ruling party.

The war has left a huge trail of bloodshed and destruction in the world’s youngest nation.

A peace deal is expected to be signed by Kiir and Machar in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa on Tuesday, paving way for the formation of a coalition government involving opposition forces and other stakeholders.


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