Talk:Sudan People's Liberation Army

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Army or armed forces?[edit]

Is the SPLA the ground forces (like the U.S. Army) of South Sudan, or a unified armed forces (like the Chinese PLA)? Illegitimate Barrister (talk) 06:48, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

Whatever they are, we ought to go with what the Constitution of South Sudan says about forming the Armed Forces for the country. -- 92.13.92.68 (talk) 20:28, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
The distinction between different branches of the military is quite secondary in South Sudan. There is a SPLA airforce, which I suppose is under the command of the SPLA. There is clearly no South Sudanese navy. There is also clearly no linkage between the wording in the constitution and the reality on the ground. The SPLA remains the SPLA, period. --Soman (talk) 02:12, 10 May 2013 (UTC)
  • SPLA Lt-Gen. Johnson Gony Biliu, the commander of the army’s 7th Division in contested Upper Nile State, says that the army should fight to defend national sovereignty and the national constitution, not join in ethnic violence. Forces under the command of Biliu, a Nuer, helped drive out defectors and armed civilians who took over parts of Malakal last week. The following remarks by the commander were recorded by Radio Tamazuj on Tuesday, 31 December 2013. Gen. Johnson Gony Biliu: This is not the first time for such an incident to occur in Upper Nile. What I can say is that all those issues are created by the politicians, they are the ones who dragged the citizens to fight. They were the ones calling people on phones and said that there is a problem between Dinka and Nuer. I, as the head of Military Sector 2, can't drag myself into the issue just because I am from Nuer tribe . https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/interview-%E2%80%98army-should-defend-constitution%E2%80%99

HSBA SIB 18, 'Armed Insurgencies in Greater Upper Nile' says division HQ is in the riverside town of Owachi.

  • 6th Division (spread across a number of states as they were the former SPLA Joint Integrated Unit formation) - Rands and LeRiche, Security responses in Jonglei State in

the aftermath of inter-ethnic violence