Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SOUTH SUDAN--JUBA MILITARY OPERATIONS

TO: MEDIA
FROM: CARTOGRAPH DIV
SUBJ: STATUS QUO//ON THE GROUND//SOUTH SUDAN




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1.) C-130'S FROM DJIBOUTI AIRLIFT U.S NATIONALS FROM JUBA TO NAIROBI.
2.) SOUTH SUDAN MILITARY COUP  CONTINGENTS FLEE TO UGANDA BORDER.
3.) TRIBAL INFIGHTING REPORTED AT CHECKPOINTS NORTH OF THE CAPITAL.
4.)  SUDAN WEIGHS MILITARY OPTION AS VIOLENCE SPREADS IN THE SOUTH

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SOUTH SUDAN--NO JOY IN JUBA

UPDATE 6-South Sudan army says loses town as fighting spreads

Reuters - ‎15 minutes ago‎
... slideshows. * Clashes erupt in capital, spread to flashpoint town. * U.S, other Western nations say pulling out citizens.

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Col. Phillip Arguer, a spokesman for the South Sudanese military, estimated that 450 people have been killed so far in fighting in South Sudan’s capital. About 100 of the dead are soldiers and the rest civilians, he said.
The rising death toll appears to mark a sharp escalation from Monday, when Col. Arguer and others said the violence had been contained. President Salva Kiir, speaking on national television, called the fighting “an attempted coup.” But tensions between the country’s two largest ethnic groups, the Dinka and the Nuer, seem to have fueled the violence.
Residents said that troops at checkpoints were singling out people from rival ethnic groups and executing them. “They speak to you in Nuer dialect and if you don’t reply, they shoot you” Juba resident Muhammad Majek said, adding that troops from the Dinka ethnic group were doing the same. He said he saw the shootings firsthand on Monday.


But about 120 miles north of Juba, fighting had broken out in the city of Bor. U.N. spokesman Joseph Contreras said they received reports of heavy fighting in the area around Bor starting from 3 a.m. Hundreds of civilians have fled to the U.N. compound there.
The fighting casts a shadow of uncertainty over the future of the nation—one of the world’s youngest republics and one of African’s top oil producers.
At the heart of the unrest is a violent split at the top of South Sudan’s leadership. The former vice president of the country, Riek Machar, who the president has said was attempting to stage a coup, has fled along with at least 700 soldiers to the south of the country near the Ugandan border, Col. Arguer said.
“The army is in hot pursuit of a force led by Machar,” Col. Arguer said. “They must answer for their crimes.”