South Sudan

US denies CIA letter, deploys Special Forces to ‘monitor’ S.Sudan


This week, a security document caught the attention of many South Sudanese online, according to Eye Radio Juba.

The letter, allegedly written by the American Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, claims that the U.S plans to carry out a covert operation in South Sudan with the aim of targeting some senior government and military officials.

The letter also claims a certain company named DynCorp International Incorporation based in the U.S has successfully completed the deployment of 3 Spyder Missiles in South Sudan.

It’s was allegedly signed by Colonel David V Rochar and Mr. Delores M. Nelson.

These two names, however; do not seem to appear anywhere or on any active search engine online, either attached or working for the CIA or DynCorp International Company, which is a private military contractor based in the U.S and has subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Nigeria.

In an exclusive interview with Eye Radio’s Daniel Danis, Monday evening, U.S Ambassador to South Sudan, Molly Phee, categorically said the letter was intended to harm the relationship between her country and South Sudan.

More troops

The state-run New Vision reports that 47 US troops have been deployed to South Sudan to protect American citizens and the embassy in Juba.

President Barack Obama has told the country’s Congress that it was not possible to know at this time the precise scope or the duration of the deployments of US Armed Forces necessary to support the security of US citizens and property in South Sudan.

Vision quoted media reports in America saying another over 130 US forces are in Uganda — waiting to be sent to South Sudan.

Chris Brown, the spokesperson of the US Embassy in Kampala, confirmed that US troops had moved from Djibouti to Uganda to monitor the situation in South Sudan.

The State Department said United States was “not planning, nor will plan, to target any government or military leaders; nor will we import special military equipment with the goal of destabilizing South Sudan”.

On July 12 a small contingent of U.S. military personnel deployed to Juba to assist the Embassy in temporarily bolstering its security and assisting with the departure of non-emergency personnel.

“The additional U.S. troops in Juba and those dispatched to neighbouring countries are there only to protect the Embassy and American citizens who are leaving South Sudan because of the conflict,” Mark Toner, the department spokesperson explained.

He said citizens of Juba can expect to see a rotation in military personnel during the week of July 18.

“This rotation of troops is to replace not reinforce the number of military personnel. All of the additional troops will return home when the need for additional security no longer exists.”


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