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Pagak, 21 November 2017; The office of the official military spokesperson of SPLA-IO, stated in the press statement that their forces have gained several positions from government forces in Upper Nile and Eastern Equatoria states. 

Brig General William Gatjiath Deng said for instance in Lich State on Monday November 20, 2017, their forces have killed twenty-seven regime forces in battle in Rupkuach in Mayardit County. 

"The gallant SPLA (IO) forces of Division 4B under the command of Cdr Major General Dok Wanjang engaged an aggression of Juba regime forces at Thaker and Rupkuach in Mayardit Countyhe said a claim SSLN cannot independently verify  

"In this fighting alone, the SPLA (IO) defeated and annihilated the aggression, killing twenty-seven (27) Juba regime soldiers on spot, capturing 3 RPGs, 7 PKM and 28 AK-47 in good condition and taking full and complete control of Thaker and Rupkuach"  

In Kiir's newly created Phou State according to SPLA-IO military spokesperson more regime forces were killed in Wau and Ayod. "In Wau/Ayod, the gallant SPLA (IO) also defeated and annihilated another Juba regime aggression. In this aggression, Juba regime aggressed SPLA (IO) from two directions, one through Gaap which was destroyed by the brave SPLA (IO) Brigade One forces under Brigadier General Wuor Gai Thanypieny of Division Seven (7) under Cdr Major General Simon Diang Duoth, killing fifty (50) hungry and desperate Juba regime soldiers" 

There is no immediate counter statement release by Juba or SPLA-IO Taban Gai sector to dispute the claim by SPLA-IO. In Ayod which has seen more fighting since 2016, Brig General Gatjiath claimed their forces have killed sixty Juba regime forces. "The other Juba regime aggression was through Wunbiem that SPLA (IO) forces of Brigade Three (3) under Cdr Brigadier General James Kuot Duop destroyed, killing sixty (60) more Juba regime soldiers" 

In desperation, Juba regime troops destroyed one of their very own (1) Wolit, another texture mounted with 12.7 and huge ammunition stores.  

Meanwhile Brig William Gatjiath said in Imotong State (Eastern Equatoria state) After months of repeated provocations from the Juba regime, the gallant and brave SPLA (IO) Anyanya Division forces of Wotoro Brigade under the command of Cdr Brigadier General Marko Ochu and Cdr Colonel Anthony Omiyang responded, engaged and destroyed newly established Juba regime bases at Balbal, Nyara and Fire-Fire (Kalisioni) in Iyire of Kudo County, also known as Torit West County (TWC).  

The destroyed military bases at Balbal, Nyara and Fire-Fire (Kalisioni) were supposed to be used for launching offensive against SPLA (IO) Anyanya Division forces during the coming dry season. 

Brig Deng said in three major battle fields SPLA-IO lost twelve freedoom fighters however he declined to state the number of the injured. "In total, SPLA (IO) lost twelve (12) freedom fighters in the fighting in Phou and Lich States, while three were injured in the fighting in the Iyire area of Kudo County, Imotong State." 


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