South Sudan

SPLA Overruns Rebel Capital Nasir, Takes Bentiu

illness geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to the report, illness SPLA launched a massive multi-front assaults on rebel strongholds overrunning the rebel capital of Nasir, in Upper Nile State and Bentiu, the capital of Unity State concurrently.

The army spokesman, Colonel Philip Aguer Panyang, confirmed the capture saying, it came after the taking of Ulang 20 kilometres a few days back.

Nasir (located near the Ethiopian border) was the main rebel stronghold.

A few days back, a one Gen Gordon Buay said the Nasir White Army had denounced Machar and allied with government troops.

According to Buay, the SPLA would capture Nasir in two days, and that is exactly how it happened.


With the fall of Nasir, SPLA gained the confidence to launch a parallel attack on Bentiu under “overall command of Lieutenant General Gabriel Jok Riak capturing the town”.

Credit, according to the Courier, goes to Major General Santino Deng Wol of the Third Infantry Division (Div) and Major General Mathew Puljang of Special SPLA Taskforce.

Another SPLA Major General, Garang Mabil Deng, is said to had repulsed a rebel attack in Renk and “across the Nile at Doleib when the rebel force tried to cross to threaten Malakal”.

SPLA further marched and annexed Mathiang and Mangok in Longechuk in Upper Nile state.

The rebel spokesperson, Brig Gen Lul Koang has not confirmed, dismissed or even comment on the new developments.

INTERMISSION: Rebels sources have denied losing Bentiu, affirming that they repulsed SPLA.

“There is heavy fighting in the town and outskirts as government troops retreat,” sources said.

We are awaiting Gen Koang’s official communication.

(Credit National Courier)

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