South Sudan rebels recapture Maiwut, besiege Pagak

Soldiers of the SPLA-IO 5th Division. Photo: File

Maiwut/Juba, August 7, 2017 (SSNA) — South Sudan’ rival forces are on high-alert in and around Pagak after the rebel forces dislodged government troops from Maiwut, SPLA-IO 5thDivision Commander Major General Khor Chuol Giet told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) Monday morning.

“Juba forces briefly took Maiwut a few days ago when we were fighting them in Thochdeng. Now we destroyed all their outposts in Thohcdeng and took back Maiwut,” he said.

The news of Maiwut recapture came barely a day after South Sudanese government claimed Sunday that its troops have captured Pagak.

Maj. Gen. Khor stated that the SPLA-IO delivered a humiliating defeat on Juba-backed forces in Maiwut and other areas, adding, “After we defeated them from Maiwut, they started running towards Pagak.”

“What we know so far is that government soldiers are desperately trying to capture Pagak which will not happen. We will destroy them,” Khor said.

The rebel General further disclosed to the South Sudan News Agency that Major General James Ochan Puot is now in full control of Maiwut.

“All SPLA-IO forces under Maj. Gen. James Ochan Puot are now in full control of Maiwut, there is no enemy there except those we captured,” he revealed.

In another development, Khor said the armed opposition has been monitoring all roads leading to Pagak, asserting that “government forces came for a suicide mission.

“We placed some of our forces in Tayyandaw, Wichluak Jak, and other areas to respond to any threat. We also blocked all the exits and they will soon witness what they came for,” he warned.

“They [government troops] have a choice to make, surrender or we are prepared to destroy them,” he declared.

The South Sudan News Agency has confirmed that government forces have taken up positions in an area called Way Station located just outside Pagak.

A senior rebel intelligence officer said more than 100 government troops crossed into Ethiopia and that the SPLA-IO is pursuing them. He warned of a similar fate for the remaining soldiers.

The SSNA has confirmed that the armed opposition took full control of Maiwut Sunday morning.

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  • Comment *things are really not easy for the government of south Sudan as many SPLA solidiers have surrendered to i o,many over 100troops ran to ethiopia hundeds being killed,hundrends are starving in hiding,and hundreds if weapons being captured.

  • michael nyuon nyuon
    August 7, 2017 3:27 am

    That is good news but let our highly appreciated goes to respective life leaders to continue on peaceful processes to our quite voiceless guns ended
    Also Igad plus human right Proceeded peacefully nogatiate to stop blood of South Sudan

  • […] South Sudan rebels recapture Maiwut, besiege Pagak […]

  • lodili rogers
    August 7, 2017 4:14 am

    But why is that IO is taking this government provacation lightly Other areas should taken up the fight too such that they will have no reinforcement.

  • who will win this war and what would be the future of the civilian in this country of south Sudan

  • S Sudanese 4 Peace
    August 7, 2017 6:52 am

    Peace, peace. You don’t know how to spread propaganda, you don’t know how to liepeace please.

  • Yien G. Ruey
    August 7, 2017 9:41 am

    Hundreds of them have handed over their weapons & surrendered to Ethiopian authority as asylums seekers.

  • okongo kinyata
    August 7, 2017 10:15 am

    Bravo to my guys IO FORCES.
    keep up ur stance against kiir

  • Not single warring party will win this war militarily

  • Comment i engerage u guzs SPLA(IO) to win against kiir government(SPLA/M) if i were u i starting fighting tomorow on 8/8 agust 2017

  • southern sudanese peace is the one way for develovment, let us fight with our mouths without anything, our guns will be pens and books,fighting is not a solution to get peace,we are the one nation.

  • Martin Hou Diing
    August 7, 2017 2:28 pm

    iam sorry . South Sudan had been at war for so long back to indvidual war.
    these who are supporting this wrong war will be sorry later.

  • We negotiated with in peace but still we are in war,it’s better to do peace come after war

  • IO Viva, io viva ov viva, I am so glad to hear about this message.
    I wish you IOs sure win to achieve success. Dinkers you have no choice the nation is not your but for Vivas IO

  • we must have two fronts: fighting with guns to protect our lives from being destroyed by our enemies; Peace negotiations to end the war


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