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Three UN Indian peacekeepers dead in South Sudan | NDTV.com
RIP to or Brave Soldiers .
also South Sudan Facing Military Coup .and Heavy fighting still on
It's reported the conflict happened at an oil block of below
I don't Know How clearly the News Source
But ADG PI told in Twitter .two Soldiers died and one Injured
The Soldiers who KIA in South Sudan
Sub Kumar Pal Singh
Sub Dharmesh Sangwan
What went wrong in South Sudan
A day after the killing of two Indian Army Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) in South Sudanâ€™s Jonglei province, newer details surrounding the camp attack have emerged which have painted a rather disturbing picture of not just the specific attack per se but the intensity of the civil war which is tearing up the worldâ€™s newest nation.
According to sources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), a complete post-event assessment has revealed the attack on Akobo camp of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was a devastating one. So much so that the Indian Army detachment in Akobo had to not only implement a temporary pull out and withdraw from the Akobo base but has also lost â€˜heavy equipmentâ€™ which generally refers to weapons like mortars, heavy machine guns and rocket launchers and suffered damages to own weapons. The internal assessment has revealed that a mob of nearly 2000 people attacked the Akobo camp as a fallout to the UNMISS & Indian Army sheltering 36 members of the Dinka tribe yesterday, in keeping with the mandate of the mission. In the ensuing attack, the 36-member detachment of the Indian Army, which had sought reinforcement was overwhelmed by the mob which swamped the camp. â€œA helicopter had indeed been activated which had onboard one officer and six men to reinforce Akobo. And at Akobo a BMP (infantry combat vehicle) was launched to secure the helipad for landing and simultaneously the mob attacked. Many of them even had weapons on them,â€ said a source. It was also revealed that the mob, which was seeking the 36 Dinka tribe members, fired at the shelter-seekers and ransacked the camp. â€œThese members who attacked us were largely from the Lou Neur tribe and they were successful in dragging away the Dinka tribesmen out of the camp,â€ added the source. At the end of the attack, Subedar Dharmesh Sangwan (8 Rajputana Rifles) and Subedar Kumar Pal Singh (Army Medical Corps) were dead and Naik Sahabul Mandal was left seriously injured. In addition it was told that troops still trapped in Dinka were being evacuated by helicopters and being moved to Malakal. â€œA search will be carried out soon with the local army unit there to ascertain our losses,â€ it was mentioned. The mortal remains of the dead JCOs, both of whom belong to Haryana had reached Juba by the time of this publication. Additionally, it was being planned that their mortal remains would be flown into Delhi by December 22. What is fuelling the violence? The failed coup of December 16 attempted by the ex-Vice President Riek Machar (belonging to the Lou Nuer tribe) against the current President Salva Kiir (from the Dinka tribe) has effectively caused a split in the South Sudanese Army which has dealt a severe blow to efforts at restoring peace amidst growing ethnic killings. Unrest has been reported from 14 sites inside the country and United Nations Security Council (UNSC) too has convened an emergency meeting. Firing was reported in cities of Juba, Bor and Pibor as a result.
And such heavy equipment lost to rebels...our soldiers have to watch their backs now with heavy guns and rocket launchers.however I don't think amateurs can make any good use of mortars..
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U.S. will intervene in South Sudan: Obama - The Hindu
United States has deployed 46 additional military personnel in South Sudan and may take further military action to support the security of its citizens in the violence-wracked country, President Barack Obama has said.
â€œAs I monitor the situation in South Sudan, I may take further action to support the security of US citizens, personnel, and property, including our Embassy, in South Sudan,â€ Mr. Obama said in a communique to the Congress as released by the White House.
Mr. Obama said on December 21, 46 US military personnel deployed by military aircraft to the area of Bor, South Sudan, to conduct an operation to evacuate US citizens and personnel.
After the aircraft came under fire as they approached Bor, the operation was curtailed due to security considerations, and the aircraft and all military personnel onboard departed South Sudan without completing the evacuation, he said adding that the purpose of this operation was to protect US citizens, personnel, and property.
Mr. Obama said this action has been directed consistent with his responsibility to protect US citizens both at home and abroad, and in furtherance of US national security and foreign policy interests.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Obama, who is spending his year end vacation in Hawaii, was updated on the situation in South Sudan.
This followed a meeting the National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, held with senior members of the national security team and US personnel in Juba and elsewhere in the region, a White House official said.
The United States was conducted in coordination with the United Nations and in consultation with the South Sudanese government.
â€œUS citizens and citizens from our partner nations were flown from Bor to Juba on UN and US civilian helicopters,â€ State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said.
The US and the United Nations, which has the lead for securing Bor airport in South Sudan, took steps to ensure fighting factions were aware these flights were a humanitarian mission, she said.
â€œThe US government is doing everything possible to ensure the safety and security of United States citizens in South Sudan.
â€œWe are working with our allies around the world to connect with and evacuate US citizens as quickly and safely as possible. For their safety and security, we will not outline specific evacuation plans,â€ she said
So far, the US has evacuated approximately 380 US officials and private citizens and approximately 300 citizens of other countries to Nairobi and other locations outside South Sudan on four chartered flights and five military aircraft, Psaki said.
Peacekeeping operations are very dangerous, if UN Peacekeepers are allowed to use full strength then rebels will be blown to pieces, but UN Authority does not allow it. Indian Army should have opened firing at rebels. In 1987 6 Indian troopers were killed by LTTE brutally and 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in Somalia brutally in 1993.
UN Peacekeepers should be allowed to use full strength or India should not send soldiers to keep peace because Rebels use full strength. India or any other nation should never send Military force for peacekeepning when one hand is tied in back.
RIP to dead soldiers.
United Nations: The bravery of 43 Indian peacekeepers stationed at a UN base in South Sudan, which was attacked by about 2,000 rebels this week, prevented more casualties, a top UN official said as she lauded the dedication shown by Indian troops in peacekeeping missions.
Brave Indians saved many lives in South Sudan | Deccan Chronicle
Salutes to the brave Indian soldiers
India shuts down South Sudan oilfields, evacuates employees
New Delhi, Dec 23, 2013 (PTI)
India today evacuated all its oil employees from strife-torn South Sudan and shut down oilfields amid escalating violence in the world's youngest nation.
All 11 executives working on 40,000 barrels per day Greater Nile Oil Project and Block 5A were airlifted, a top source with direct knowledge of the development said.
Other partners in the blocks - China's CNPC and Petronas of Malaysia too have decided to evacuate their officials from South Sudan, the source said.
India shuts down South Sudan oilfields, evacuates employees
Indian soldiers killed in Sudan cremated with state honours
A bit late but still a good move. However, what are the measures taken by GoI to ensure that our soldiers are better equipped to face such situations?
This may not be the last time as Sudan and many such countries in future would present very difficult challenges ahead for our troops.
I remember @Yusuf once mentioned about one such soldier who briefed on the not so good support from GoI?
Typing posts on the internet and casting a vote in 5 years can only take us so far.
I believe DFIans should use such incidents to come out and register our protest on the current apathy that runs across the rulers and the ruled.
After all .. our blood boils only when gun shots ring close to the ears.
UN resolution addresses Indian concerns in South Sudan violence - The Times of India
UNITED NATIONS: India's strong concerns over the security and mandate of its peacekeepers in South Sudan found support from several UN Security Council members who unanimously passed a resolution that directly addresses the situation faced by Indian soldiers in the strife-torn country.
While India is not in the Security Council, it was able to "influence" the UNSC resolution in a "significant manner", as it highlighted key issues "pro-actively" with the powerful UN body.
India, which has lost seven of its soldiers this year in the world's newest country, highlighted issues related to the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) specially the difficult conditions in which the Indian peacekeepers work, standing in frontline of the violence.
RIP brave soldiers.
What is really going on in South Sudan , is being going on against India's interest and Indians world wide . There is a need to change policy which should be the protection of Indian nation interest and security of Indians aboard.
why we r there & fight a white mans war...we should stop sending troops under un flag only try colour our soldies should work...does we have any natinal interest there
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South Sudan is where the oil is.
Production of around 30,000 barrels per day
There is more to it than what meets the eye.
It is not just tribal yahoos at work!
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) is a major investor in South Sudan's oil sector.
Because the whteman won't risk their citizens' life and it helps India to exercise influence in areas that it otherwise could not have exercised by normal means.
Who knows what other quid pro quo India 'earns' from the whiteman for doing his dirty job!
The UN contingent does not get all the money the UN gives. Much goes to the Indian exchequer.
what influence u r talking abt do we have enough mussle power or money power to influence that regeon ..my suggestion stop sending troop for god sake we send troops by our s own will when that country want our troops..
The eyes and ears of Cardinal Richelieu against the Huguenots were a great asset..
As much as I bemoan the loss of the two Indian UN soldiers, it looks like they had to tossed the civilians they were to protect, to the mop, to save their own skins. What is perhaps worse, leaving "heavy equipment" in the hands of the local militia groups in a hotbed of ethnic tension, where it most likely will be used against civilians. What a fiasco
And no,you can not blame this mess on the evil white men.
@Mr. Ray, I'm sorry to see you sink so low that you jump on "the whites are to blame" wagon.
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