SPLA Forces, Dissidents Clash in Upper Nile
SPLA troops guarding Bentiu, Unity State. The area is a large oil-producing center in the Central African state., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.January 15, 2014
South Sudan Forces, Rebels Clash in Upper Nile
by VOA News
South Sudan’s military is battling rebels in the northern Upper Nile state region on Wednesday, amid international concerns that unrest in the world’s newest country could spiral into a full-fledged civil war.
Army spokesman Philip Aguer told VOA fighting continues in the oil town of Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state.
Forces loyal to President Salva Kiir are battling soldiers who back his former deputy, Riek Machar, who was dismissed in July.
On Tuesday, the rebels said they had captured Malakal — a claim the government denied.
Doctors Without Borders says hundreds of people have been wounded over the past few days from fighting in Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei states.
In a Wednesday statement, the relief group said it had treated 116 people for gunshot wounds in Malakal and the Upper Nile state community of Nasir.
Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny, on Wednesday, called for unity and said the government forces would prevail.
“The SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Army) will fight courageously and will defeat the rebels within and outside South Sudan borders,” Ateny said. “The government will defeat the rebels forever. His excellency Kiir Mayardit instructed the government to stand ready to defend the nation from internal aggression. He urged all South Sudanese to stand together and see this dark moment through.”
Representatives of both sides have been meeting in Ethiopia for talks on a possible cease-fire.
The U.N. says the unrest has left at least 1,000 people dead and more than 400,000 displaced.
In Washington, Linda Thomas-Greenfield of the State Department’s African Affairs Bureau urged South Sudan’s leaders to seek reconciliation.
“Each day the the conflict continues, the risk of all-out civil war grows and tensions continue to rise,” she commented during a congressional hearing. “Let me conclude by saying that I am gravely concerned that the crisis in South Sudan has the potential to escalate even further. South Sudan’s leaders on both sides are breaking their promises to their own people.”
On Tuesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm at the rising number of people who have been killed or forced from their homes by the conflict.
Sentinel, Stoke, 21 August 2004
Imperialism stretches to Sudan
Following the blood letting in Iraq the U.S. government seems all the more insistent on its global hegemonic ambitions. An estimated one million people being displaced and tens of thousands being killed.
There has been pressure largely driven by the international community, and ironically America in particular, to act in order to prevent a catastrophe. The Americans have laid the blame for the events in the Darfur region squarely at the doorstep of the Sudanese government.
Such an outcry from the U.S. and Western governments would seem to imply that the situation in Sudan was its own making and not through outside interference.
However the situation is far from that, and the Americans have been actively stoking the flames for many years.
Comments from American officials shed light on American policy in Africa. Speaking at a Washington forum, Congressman Edward Royce (chair of the House of Representatives subcommittee on Africa) added: “African oil should be treated as a priority for U.S. security post-September 11.” The United States already gets 17 per cent of its imported oil from sub-Saharan Africa.
This figure is increasing with the commencement (one year ahead of schedule) of the pumping of oil in October 2003 from Chad through the new Chad-Cameron pipeline, a project backed by a consortium of Exxon Mobil, Chevron Texaco.
Analysts are forecasting that within a decade that figure will rise to nearly 25 per cent.
Where there is oil the stench of American imperialism soon follows.
Like an unrelenting blood hound the Americans sniff for oil and leave a trail of blood and carnage. Recent historical facts show that the U.S. government has for many years actively funded a terrorist rebel militia in the south, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), to fight against the Sudanese government. This group has committed untold atrocities. There is a stark comparison between the events in Sudan with U.S. actions in South America.
Remember the scenario – a rebel group being trained and armed by the CIA to topple a sovereign government, cross-border incursions from secluded camps, and the whole de-stabilisation exercise backed by international sanctions and a massive propaganda campaign. It sounds like Nicaragua or Angola circa 1984. This time it’s Sudan. Such is the complicated and devious nature of America’s imperialist games.
They stoke the fires of death and destruction, often when the enemy is no more than a puppet, in order to bring about a climate for political change, which they then fashion by their own hands under the guise of ‘humanitarian intervention’ for there own financial gain. This all brings us to the current reality in Darfur which has been in the making for some time. In November 2002 America instituted The Pan-Sahel Initiative which involves military training in Chad (shares a long border with Sudan), Niger, Mali and Mauritania.
The Sudan Rebel uprising in Darfur began in June, 2003, six months after the Pan-Sahel Initiative was initiated. Apparently, the Darfur rebels are still receiving U.S. arms.
Destabilise the country, cry rape and genocide, then invade militarily under the guise of ‘humanitarian intervention’. American imperialism at its best.