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South Sudanese Army Claims Capture of Rebel Stronghold

The South Sudanese army claimed Wednesday to have captured the key rebel-held town of Leer in oil-rich Unity State.  It is the birthplace of former Vice President and rebel leader Riek Machar and its capture follows some of the heaviest fighting of the 17-month old conflict.   Army spokesman Colonel Philip Aguer said the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) remains in full control of the town of Palouch contrary to rebel claims they had captured Palouch and its oil fields....

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