Monday, December 30, 2013

SOUTH SUDAN: THE INSECT REPELLANT ARMY

TO: FIELD CMDR
FROM: MILBUR HQ
SUBJ: "WHITE ARMY" OPERATIONS JONGLEI STATE

INITIAL REPORTS INDICATE THE 25,000 STRONG KID-ARMY ARMED WITH MACHETES AND STICKS HAD GIVEN UP ITS MARCHJ ON BOR. HOWEVER, SOME OF THE CONTINGENTS HAVE REFUSED TO GO HOME AND NEW REPORTS ARE FILTERING IN:

GUARDIANLV: (12/30/13) (DAY BLAKELY DONALDSON)

The White Army had advanced toward Bor over the previous days. South Sudanese Information Minister Michael Makuei reported that the rebel force, initially 25 000-strong, had been largely convinced by Nuer tribal elders to discontinue the mission. 5,000 of the youth army continued, dislodging SPLA troops from Mathiang, a town near Bor, before proceeding another 18 miles to the city. The rebels have 30 vehicles and are armed with machine guns, according to Aguer.

Gadiang, north of Bor, also had seen clashes between the two forces on Dec. 29. The rebel group in this instance was believed to be loyal to rebel leader David Yuayau.

 In fear of the White Army’s advance, civilians have again fled, this time across the White River into the neighboring state, according to UN reconnaissance.

 Juba, the capital of South Sudan, is under maximum security control.


THE NATION: (12/31/13)

" Rebels were currently reported around 50 kilometres (30 miles) northeast of Bor.
It was not clear how many of the gunmen remained in the thick bush around Bor, but the army statement appeared to contradict claims by government spokesman Michael Makuei late on Sunday that “most of them have returned home”.

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