Four US service personnel on an evacuation mission have been wounded after their aircraft were shot at in South Sudan, the US military says.The three CV-22 Ospreys were attacked as they approached Bor, which is occupied by forces loyal to the former Vice-President Riek Machar, it added.South Sudan has been in turmoil since President Salva Kiir accused Mr Machar a week ago of attempting a coup.Mr Machar told the BBC the rebels were under his control.He was in control of large parts of the country, he said, and troops loyal to him had also seized control of Unity, a state on the border with Sudan which produces much of the country's oil.He added that he was prepared to negotiate with the government if politicians arrested earlier this week were released.At least 500 people have been killed since the fighting began.Ugandan involvementThe US military said the Ospreys, aircraft which can fly both like helicopters and like planes, were involved in the evacuation of US citizens from Bor.A statement said all three aircraft were damaged by small arms fire by unknown forces as they approached the town.The aircraft returned to Uganda's Entebbe airport, from where the wounded service personnel were transferred onto a US Air Force C-17 transport aircraft and taken on to Nairobi, Kenya, it added.All four were treated and are in a stable condition, the statement said.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25476920
SUDANESE FORCES ARE MASSING FOR AN ASSAULT ON THE SPLA-NORTH HEARTLAND, JUST OVER A WEEK AFTER SRF FORCES PUSHED NORTH TOWARDS NORTH KORDOFAN.One officer in the Sudanese Army who asked to remain anonymous told Nuba Reports around 3000 troops were gathered in the Farsha area, north of Heiban to prepare for assaults on Heiban and Kauda. A resident in the area also reported seeing large numbers of troops.The SAF officer said this push was part of a renewed government effort to end the war in South Kordofan. “There are new orders that any vehicle even the old and damaged ones should go for military operations,” he said.“THE END OF THE REBELLION”“The end of this year will be the end of the rebellion, God willing,” said Sudanese President Omar al Bashir in a speech November 24 in Port Sudan. “Our forces are moving towards Kauda from all directions,” he told the crowds, “we will soon enter it and liberate every inch of this country’s land.”As the harvest season approaches, many civilians in the Heiban and Kauda areas are worried about the prospect of heavy fighting in and around their homes. “All of our crops are in Heiban and everyone is worried that if they come our crops will be destroyed and we will not have enough food for this year,” said 29-year-old farmer Gamu Alimen.The buildup comes as Sudan Revolutionary Front troops push further north, into core areas of Sudanese control. Recent SRF assaults on Dilling and Abu Zabad have put Sudan’s North Kordofan state into play in the regional conflict.The attack of Abu Zabad mirrors SRF’s dramatic but short-lived assault on Umm Ruwaba in North Kordofan last April. That attack was the alliance’s most successful coordinated assault to date as well as its first joint operation outside of South Kordofan.
Post wreckage of a sudan mi-24 shootdown by sudanese revolutionary front
According to an anonymous military official, four Navy SEALs came under fire and were seriously injured during rescue efforts in South Sudan.The SEALs, who were flying aboard tilt-rotor Ospreys, were trying to evacuate Americans, when they came under small arms fire that penetrated the bottom of the aircraft, said the official.Three of the SEALs have been evacuated to Germany for treatment, while the fourth suffering from more serious injuries will remain in Kenya.The latest violence in South Sudan, apparently was caused by conflict between rival factions within the country’s military.As of Sunday, about 380 U.S. officials and private citizens had been evacuated along with 300 citizens of other countries, the State Department reported.Please keep these warriors and their families in your thoughts and prayers.Check out more on this story and the situation courtesy of Stars and Stripes.