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    Default SANDF Soldiers killed in CAR - Battle of Bangui

    At least six South African soldiers were killed in Central African Republic in clashes with rebels who seized the capital Bangui on Sunday and overthrew President Francois Bozize, a Reuters witness said.
    http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/20...public-witness
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    Does anyone know what our soliders mandate and rules of engagement are.
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    (Reuters) - Rebels in Central African Republic seized control of the country's riverside capital Bangui on Sunday, forcing President Francois Bozize to flee into neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, government officials said.

    At least six South African soldiers were killed in clashes with the rebels, a Reuters witness said. A United Nations source said the force, in the country to train the army along with hundreds of regional peacekeepers, was preparing to leave.

    The Seleka rebel coalition resumed hostilities this week in the mineral-rich former French colony, vowing to oust Bozize, whom it accused of breaking a January peace agreement to integrate its fighters into the army.

    The landlocked country, racked by rural rebellions for more than a decade, has extensive and unprotected borders and the rebel advance added to instability in the heart of Africa.

    As the loose coalition of rebels - some of them former rivals - tightened their grip on Bangui, it was unclear who would replace Bozize or whether the power-sharing government of Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye would remain in place.


    "The rebels control the town," said presidency spokesman Gaston Mackouzangba. "I hope there will not be any reprisals."

    Government spokesman Crepin Mboli-Goumba said the Seleka rebels controlled all the strategic locations in the city.

    A presidential advisor, who asked not to be named, said Bozize had crossed the Oubangi river into Congo on Sunday morning as rebel forces headed for the presidential palace. Bozize had seized power in a 2003 military coup.

    A United Nations official in Congo said Kinshasa's government asked the U.N. refugee agency to help move 25 members of Bozize's family out of the border town of Zongo on Sunday.

    Congo's Information Minister Lambert Mende told Reuters President Bozize was not among the family members who arrived in Zongo and said his arrival in the country had not been announced to Congolese authorities.

    "The palace has just fallen. We have the palace," Eric Massi, a Seleka spokesman, told Reuters by telephone from Paris.

    SOUTH AFRICANS ATTACKED

    The rebels fought their way to the northern suburbs of the riverside capital late on Saturday before an overnight lull in the fighting. But residents said heavy weapons fire erupted across Bangui around 8 a.m. (2.00 a.m. ET).

    Massi said the rebels had broken through a line of South African soldiers during their push into the city.

    Around 400 South African troops are currently in the country. "I saw the bodies of six South African soldiers. They had all been shot. Their vehicles were also destroyed. Other South African soldiers came to recover the bodies," a Reuters witness said.

    Regional peacekeeping sources said the South Africans had fought alongside the Central African Republic's army on Saturday.

    "I cannot confirm that we were fighting alongside (the CAR army) but we fell under attack and we defended ourselves and we repulsed the attackers," South African army spokesman Brigadier-General Xolani Mabanga told private South African news channel eENCA.

    Reached by Reuters, he said he could give no further details of the incident, saying it was an "operational matter."

    A source with the United Nations in Bangui said South African troops were preparing to leave the country.

    "They took substantial losses and have asked for French support to load their troops and take off," said the source, adding she had heard anywhere between two and 12 South African soldiers had been killed.

    France, which already has some 250 soldiers stationed in the Central African Republic, sent in another company of 150 troops to secure Bangui's international airport, a diplomatic source said on Saturday.

    Seleka, a loose umbrella group of insurgents, fought its way to the gates of the capital late last year after accusing Bozize of failing to honor an earlier peace deal to give its fighters cash and jobs in exchange for laying down their arms.

    The Seleka rebels received several key ministerial portfolios under a power-sharing agreement specified by January's peace deal, and one of their leaders was named deputy prime minister in charge of national defense.

    However, rebels and opposition figures accused Bozize at the time of tampering with the agreed deal to secure important ministerial posts for his loyalists.

    The violence is the latest in a series of rebel incursions, clashes and coups that have plagued the nation since its independence from France in 1960.

    (Additional by Daniel Flynn and David Lewis in Dakar, and Ange Aboa in Lome; writing by Joe Bavier; editing by Philippa Fletcher)
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...92M0AU20130324
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    The SA National Defence Force has deployed more troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) following days of clashes between armed forces and rebels, a spokesman said on Sunday.

    "Following changes in security situation in the CAR the SANDF sent in some more support to protect its personnel and equipment," Brig-Gen Xolani Mabanga said in a statement.

    He said the SANDF has been deploying troops to the CAR since 2007 following a memorandum of understanding between the two countries. However since the recent changes in security situation more troops had been sent.

    "Since then the security situation deteriorated."

    Mabanga said an SANDF base on the outskirts of Bangui, the CAR capital, came under attack on Saturday. SANDF troops managed to drive back the rebel forces.

    "The chief of the SANDF has emphasised that the SANDF reserves the right, at all times, to act decisively in defence of its members and assets deployed on the ground in CAR."

    CAR President Francois Bozize fled the capital early on Sunday after hundreds of armed rebels threatening to overthrow him invaded the city, the Associated Press reported.

    The rebel alliance, known as Seleka, reached the outskirts of Bangui late Saturday and the fighters seized the presidential palace on Sunday.

    Rebels from several armed groups that have long opposed Bozize joined forces in December and began seizing towns across the country's sparsely populated north. They threatened at the time to march on Bangui, but ultimately halted their advance and agreed to go to peace negotiations in Libreville, the capital of Gabon.

    A peace deal was signed on Jan 11 which allowed Bozize to finish his term that expires in 2016, but the rebels soon began accusing the president of failing to fulfill the promises that were made, the Associated Press reported.

    They demanded that Bozize send home South African forces who were helping bolster the country's military. And they sought to integrate some 2000 rebel fighters into Central African Republic's armed forces.

    The deal unraveled more than a week ago, with the rebels again taking control of two towns and threatening to advance on the capital.

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    Xolani Mabanga should STOP lying to the SA public and tell us what really happened there. I feel sorry for the poor souls which died sooo unnecessary. Why on earth did SA protect a oppressor like that. It was a lost cause from the word go. WTF

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat06sa View Post
    Does anyone know what our soliders mandate and rules of engagement are.
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    As CAR were busy playing against Bafana last night their capital was falling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redeemed View Post
    As CAR were busy playing against Bafana last night their capital was falling.
    Ironic or what? Two losses....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyD View Post
    Ironic or what? Two losses....
    You have to wonder... couldn't CAR just enjoy the one win?

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    Reinforcements from France.
    France is sending more troops to the Central African Republic to protect its citizens there after rebels seized the capital Bangui, the French president's office said Sunday.

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    Will be interesting to see what the SANDF does next without transport planes to extract this force.

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    How embarrassing we need the french to help us out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyD View Post
    The SA National Defence Force has deployed more troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) following days of clashes between armed forces and rebels, a spokesman said on Sunday.
    pls, don't send more people to die. they can't make it.
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    SA soldiers in CAR retreat to barracks, want out

    What an embarrassment, the leadership have really let the guys on the ground down.
    They were advised to withdraw weeks ago, but decided to stay with a force that was way too small for the task. They should either have withdrawn or sent reinforcements long ago, now we're a laughing stock.

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    RIP, hoping the remainder of the force can get out in one piece.
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