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150 US Marines Moving to South Sudan For Crisis Response

Post by LornaDoone on Tue Dec 24 2013, 05:15

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A crisis response force of about 150 U.S. Marines has been repositioned from Moron, Spain to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti to help in the evacuation of Americans inside turbulent South Sudan, CNN is reporting.

"By positioning these forces forward, we are able to more quickly respond to crisis in the region, if required,” a defense official said, according to an article from American Forces Press Service.

The U.S. has evacuated more than 300 people out of the South Sudan capital of Juba, but roughly 100 Americans are still believed to be in the country, according to CNN.

“One of the lessons learned from the tragic events in Benghazi was that we needed to be better postured, in order to respond to developing or crisis situations, if needed. These precautionary movements will allow us to do just that," read a statement from Africa Command, according to CNN.

The movement comes two days after an evacuation attempt came under fire in Bor, South Sudan, resulting in aircraft damage and four U.S. military service members being wounded.

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Re: 150 US Marines Moving to South Sudan For Crisis Response

Post by party animal - not! on Tue Dec 24 2013, 09:21

Oh dear.

Our Hero must be tearing his hair out.

Within a couple of months of great new investment possibilities in the country and a lot of hard work, this........

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Re: 150 US Marines Moving to South Sudan For Crisis Response

Post by Nicky80 on Tue Dec 24 2013, 10:22

Thanks for the article.

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Re: 150 US Marines Moving to South Sudan For Crisis Response

Post by chiki on Tue Dec 24 2013, 12:23

Thanks, Lorna.

I add here an article with the last news, and Ban Ki-Moon asking for more UN peacekeepers for South Sudan.

South Sudan sees 'mass ethnic killings'

New evidence is emerging of alleged ethnic killings committed during more than a week of fighting in South Sudan.

The violence follows a power struggle between President Salva Kiir, a Dinka, and his Nuer ex-deputy Riek Machar.

A reporter in the capital, Juba, quoted witnesses as saying more than 200 people, mostly from the Nuer ethnic group, were shot by security forces.

Another man in Juba said gunmen from the majority Dinka ethnic group were shooting people in Nuer areas.

The fighting first erupted in Juba last week and has spread throughout South Sudan, with rebels supporting Mr Machar seizing the major towns of Bor and Bentiu, north of the capital.

Bentiu is the capital of the oil-producing Unity State.

Mr Kiir has accused Mr Machar, who he sacked in July, of plotting a coup. Mr Machar denies he is trying to seize power, while the government has denied it is behind any ethnic violence.
The fear is that the personal rivalry between the former allies will spark a full-scale conflict between the Nuer and Dinka groups.

'Eyewitness account'
Hannah McNeish, a journalist in Juba, told the BBC that she had interviewed a man called Simon, living at a UN camp, who said he was shot four times but managed to survive a mass killing by hiding under dead bodies.

"He tells of being rounded up with about 250 other men, driven to a police station in one of Juba's busiest suburbs. He describes an ordeal whereby over the course of two days, forces outside the windows fired into this room, killing all but 12 men," she said.
McNeish said this account had been corroborated by two other survivors at the camp.

Another man interviewed at the UN base in Juba reported that Dinka gunmen were shooting people in Nuer districts who did not speak the Dinka language.

UN humanitarian co-ordinator Toby Lanzer, who was in Bor over the weekend, told the BBC he had witnessed "some of the most horrible things that one can imagine".

The claims of atrocities have not been independently verified.

'Face the consequences'
The official death toll stands at 500, but aid agencies say the true figure is likely to be much higher.

There has also been fighting in Upper Nile State but few details have emerged.

Another 81,000 people have been displaced, the UN's humanitarian agency says, with about half seeking shelter at UN bases.

It warned many more people could be affected in more remote areas.

The UN has 7,000 soldiers deployed in South Sudan, but on Monday, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the Security Council to reassign another 5,500 troops from UN missions in other African countries, including Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He also asked for hundreds more police, three attack helicopters, three transport helicopters and one military transport plane.

He has said all reports of human rights violations and crimes against humanity will be investigated and those responsible held accountable.

Two Indian peacekeepers were killed last week in a rebel raid on a UN compound.

President Kiir has said he is willing to hold talks with Mr Machar - and that a delegation of East African foreign ministers had offered to mediate - but that his former deputy would have to come to the table without any conditions.

Mr Machar told Reuters news agency that he was open to dialogue if his political allies were released from detention.

Sudan suffered a 22-year civil war that left more than one million people dead before the South became independent in 2011.

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Re: 150 US Marines Moving to South Sudan For Crisis Response

Post by Mazy on Tue Dec 24 2013, 23:48

Dear Lord please help all of these people involved. Why is it that George is one of the few who speaks out about this build up of violence before it happens? This can only now get worse before it gets better. Thanks so much for all the information. I have to go on twitter and watch for updates.

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