Monday, December 23, 2013

SOUTH SUDAN--THE MARCH ON MANGALA

TO: FIELD CMDR
FROM: STRATFOR HQ REAR
SUBJ: PRO GOVT COUNTEROFFENSIVE HALTED

NEW REPORTS, UNCONFIRMED, THAT EFFORTS TO MOVE FURTHER NORTH FROM JUBA TO BOR HAVE BEEN HALTED IN MANGALA (MONGALLA):





ALL AFRICA:  DEC 21:

"Machar's forces are also said to be in control of Mangala military base, which is about 30 kilometers from Juba, in Central Equatoria state, planning attack on the capital."

SUDAN TRIBUNE: DEC 23:

 "The government has vowed to retake Jonglei capital Bor, the capital of Jonglei, although Machar claims a sizeable force of government troops was defeated between Juba and Mangala, forcing a retreat back to the capital." (JUBA-BOR HIGHWAY)

THE SITUATION UP NORTH:

SUDAN TRIBUNE: DEC 23:


"Machar claimed on Monday that his forces had captured most parts of Upper Nile state; another oil-rich state north of the country, as more army divisions reportedly pledged their loyalty to him.
“Division seven under Major General Lual Chol has today (Monday) declared its loyalty”, Machar told Sudan Tribune, as fighting erupted early Monday morning between anti-government forces and those loyal to president Kiir, across most Upper Nile counties."

NO VERIFICATION OF THESE REPORTS FROMM INDEPENDENT SOURCES...
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US MARINES TO JUBA

(CNN) -- [Breaking news update, 12:40 p.m.]
The U.S. military is moving about 150 Marines from Spain to Africa, most likely Djibouti, to be prepared to go into South Sudan to either provide security for the U.S. Embassy in Juba or to help evacuate the estimated 100 U.S. citizens believed to be there, two U.S. military officials told CNN's Barbara Starr on Monday.


US Marines poised to enter South Sudan

CNN - ‎29 minutes ago‎
(CNN) -- [Breaking news update, 12:40 p.m.]. The U.S. military is moving about 150 Marines from Spain to Africa, most likely Djibouti, to be prepared to go into South Sudan to either provide security for the U.S.
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