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Defence & Security News - South Sudan
|Monday, December 23, 2013 08:45 AM|
|United States may take further military action in South Sudan to support security of U.S. citizens.|
United States President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Sunday, December 23, 2013, that he was closely monitoring the unrest in South Sudan, after four U.S. service members were attacked near Bor, and said he “may take further military action to support the security of U.S. citizens, personnel and property, including our Embassy, in South Sudan.”
An American soldier stands guard as a U.S. military aircraft on the runway in Juba awaits the arrival of American nationals being evacuated from South Sudan.
Four U.S. troops were injured in the evacuation mission Saturday when gunfire hit three military planes in Bor.
Fighting continued Sunday in South Sudan, where the country’s central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory.
Although the south inherited three-quarters of Sudan's oil production when it declared independence in 2012, its oil exports are pumped through pipelines running north, raising concern a rebel takeover of southern oil fields could invite Sudan into the conflict.