Southern Sudan’s rebel problem appears to be growing, as the newly created nation’s army engaged in fights with two apparently allied militias, leaving at least 92 killed over the past two days.
It is the latest in a number of fights with the militia loyal to former army commander George Athor, who has been conquering cities in the south and sparking clashes that have left hundreds dead.
Athor now says that another militia loyal to a commander known as Oliny has joined his faction, and that is the militia that the government clashed with on Sunday.
South Sudan’s officials have accused the Sudanese government of arming the rebel militias, but the northern government has insisted repeatedly that Athor, a long-serving southern commander, was a purely south created problem and that they have nothing to do with him.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Pompeo Rejects EU Appeal for Iran Sanctions Exemptions - July 16th, 2018
- US Commander: Afghan ISIS Resilient to US Attacks, Almost Impossible to Defeat - July 16th, 2018
- Israel Attacks on Aleppo Air Base Killed at Least 22 - July 16th, 2018
- White House Orders Diplomats to Seek Direct Talks With Afghan Taliban - July 16th, 2018
- US Airstrikes Kill at Least Eight Civilians in Eastern Syria - July 16th, 2018