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Peter Gadet

Peter Yak Gadet (or Gatdet, Gadiet) is a former Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) general who is now the leader of the South Sudan Liberation ... More »Peter Yak Gadet (or Gatdet, Gadiet) is a former Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) general who is now the leader of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), the largest rebel movement in South Sudan. General Gadet was a member of the South Sudan Defence Forces (SSDF) during the Second Sudanese Civil War. He joined the SPLA after the Juba Declaration of 8 January 2006, but said that he was marginalized and that the army was dominated by tribal nepotism. In April 2011 Gadet emerged as leader of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), a new militia demanding a more broadly-based government. In Unity State, he began an assault on the SPLA, leaving at least 45 people dead. According to the military, 20 of the victims were southern army soldiers. SSLA's spokeperson has said that the movement has declared a ceasefire with the government. His wife is the daughter of Gatluak Gai, a rebel general. [ Wikipedia ]

Jok's Update of South Sudan

The most serious of these developments is the revolt in SPLA’s Division 8, which is stationed in Jonglei state and commanded by one Peter Gadet who has a long record of rebelling against the state. He has now reportedly done it again and has taken over some places in southern parts of ...

Mass Graves Discovered In South Sudan; Is Civil War Coming? : The Two-Way : NPR

An army commander who recently defected and reportedly sides with Machar, Gen. Peter Gadet, has said his forces will "march on Juba" within days, Gregory adds. Whether Gadet has the resources to do that is unknown. Gadet's forces are believed to have fired on three U.S. ...

BBC News South Sudan conflict: Mediators upbeat after Kiir talks

Forces commanded by Gen Peter Gadet are said to be in control of Bor. Gen Gadet began his campaign after reports of his fellow Nuers being killed began to come out of Juba. Mr Machar and Gen Gadet are both ethnic Nuers, but they have not always fought on the same side in ...

South Sudan rebels holding strategic town claim persecution by government

Militia under General Peter Gadet claims Nuer community is persecuted by Dinka president, as former minister warns of civil war South Sudanese civilians crowd at the United Nations mission in Bor. Photograph: Handout/Reuters A rebel militia that claims its community is under attack by ...

Not Just Another War in Africa: Explaining the Crisis in South Sudan, the Devil is in the detail and...

While some clear groups exist in the field fighting, such as the group that defected from the national army under command of General Peter Gadet, (this is the group that threatened Juba and took control of Bortown), forces and political leaders connection with each other is unclear. This ...

South Sudan truce possible after rebel leader agrees to peace talks

It was seized by Peter Gadet, a rebel commander loyal to Machar, then returned to government control after several days of heavy fighting. Now it appeared Gadet was working alongside the white army in a bid to retake it. About 70,000 civilians have fled Bor and sought refuge in ...

7 Things You Need to Know Now About the Escalating Violence in South Sudan

This is largely due to the defection of two military leaders: Peter Gadet and Maj. Gen James Koang Chuol. Bentiu the capital of Unity State continues to face insecurity and violence due to its proximity to the oilfields, the main income for the country and government. Oil workers from ...

BBC News South Sudan rebel Riek Machar 'controls key state'

Mr Machar told the BBC that a senior military commander, Gen James Koang, had followed Gen Peter Gadet, who had admitted defecting to the rebels earlier in the week. "James Koang is now military governor of Unity state. He is just like the military governor in Jonglei - Peter ...

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South Sudan stands at precipice, says Barack Obama

The militia made up of military mutineers from the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) has been raised under the command of the defected general Peter Gadet. After the storming of the UN base, Gadet said he would intervene to prevent further killings. "It's an important ...

South Sudan: 8 key developments

) When instability broke out in Jonglei state in mid-December, the government of South Sudan was quick to extend Yau Yau a new offer of amnesty, possibly because it feared he would link up with the forces of serial SPLA defector Peter Gadet. This is, of course, not to assume that such ...

5 Things You Need To Know About The Escalating Violence In South Sudan

At the moment, the regions of Jonglei and Unity are currently the most heavily disputed areas, thanks to the defection of Peter Gadet and Maj. Gen James Koang Chuol, two major figures in the South Sudanese military. That Unity is under the control of rebels is particularly problematic to ...

Jok's Update: Talks to end violence is underway: January 5, 2014

What has emerged from all this investigation is that in Bor town alone, more than 1000 people were killed in the first attack when Peter Gadet rebelled and joined Riek Machar. More than 200 more were killed in Bor on the second attack when the White Army invaded the town. We all know ...

Jok's Update: South Sudan, December 23, 2013

It is no Longer Easy to Report and Update you all about South Sudan, but let me just give you a few highlights The ghosts of last week of fighting and death in Juba are still hovering over the city, haunting everyone, giving nightmares. Juba is being deserted, some think it is because of ...

South Sudan army recaptures key state capital

That figure may be exaggerated: diplomatic sources in Juba put the strength of rebel forces in Bor at between 3,000 and 4,000 troops, who defected from the army’s 8th Division at the behest of General Peter Gadet, a dissident commander. Meanwhile, the government benefited from military ...

South Sudan: government retakes capital as US warns of 'all-out civil war'

Whatever the explanation, the rebels lost thousands of fighters, reducing their ranks in Bor to between 3,000 and 4,000 troops, who broke away from the army’s 8th division at the behest of a dissident commander, General Peter Gadet. Representatives of both sides are conducting peace ...

UPDATE 1-South Sudan rebels seize key town of Bor

Government officials said their troops had been battling the ethnic Nuer "White Army" militia and forces loyal to Peter Gadet, a former army commander who also rebelled against President Salva Kiir when the fighting broke out in the national capital Juba on Dec. 15. The clashes quickly ...

African mediators try to avert civil war in South Sudan

Nuer commander and Machar ally, Peter Gadet, now controls Bor, officials said. Political tensions between the two politicians had been mounting since Kiir, facing growing public frustration about the slow pace of development, sacked Machar. The former vice president said he wanted to run ...

South Sudan president ready to talk as clashes spread

A journalist in Bor told Reuters troops led by Peter Gadet, a Machar ally, took control of the two bases from Dinka soldiers. But details were sketchy and, according to another account, only one base was taken over. France's Araud said there were 7,000-8,000 U.N. peacekeepers in South ...

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Fighting spreads to near flashpoint South Sudan town

A journalist in Bor told Reuters by telephone that troops led by commander Peter Gadet, a Machar ally, had taken control of the bases, abandoned by the outnumbered Dinka soldiers. But details were sketchy and according to another account only one base was in the hands of Machar's allies. ...

South Sudan Forces Clash With Rebels as Peace Talks Near Start

Former army commander Peter Gadet is leading an estimated 4,000 to 7,000 rebel fighters, Aguer said in a separate interview. Conflict in the world’s newest nation broke out in mid-December after President Salva Kiir accused his former Vice President Riek Machar of trying to stage a coup. ...

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