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Peter Yak Gadet (or Gatdet, Gadiet) is a former Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) general who is now the leader of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), the largest rebel movement in South Sudan.[1][2][3]


General Gadet was a member of the South Sudan Defence Forces (SSDF) during the Second Sudanese Civil War. He joined the SPLA after the Juba Declaration of 8 January 2006, but said that he was marginalized and that the army was dominated by tribal nepotism. In April 2011 Gadet emerged as leader of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), a new militia demanding a more broadly-based government.[4] In Unity State, he began an assault on the SPLA, leaving at least 45 people dead.[5] According to the military, 20 of the victims were southern army soldiers.[6]

In August 2011, SSLA's spokesperson has said that the movement has declared a ceasefire with the government.[1] Gadet integrated his forces into the army and became the 8th Division Commander.[7]

Amidst the 2013 South Sudan political crisis, he mutinied again and his mainly Nuer militia claimed control of Bor, South Sudan. Riek Machar claims Gadet has been installed as military governor of Jonglei.[8]

In July 2014, the European Union imposed sanctions on Gadet accusing him of leading an attack of the town of Bentiu, in which about 400 people were killed in the 2014 Bentiu massacre.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He is an ethnic Nuer. His wife is the daughter of Gatluak Gai, a rebel general.[10] He is also on the board of advisers of the US-based Jarch Management Group, which has obtained oil concessions on large areas of land in South Sudan.,[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "South Sudan's SSLA Unity State rebels' ceasefire". bbcnews.com. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  2. ^ "S. Sudan army criticizes Peter Gadet over "Mayom" defection declaration". Sudantribune.com. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  3. ^ "SPLA set fire to more than 7000 homes in Unity says Mayom country official". sudantribune.com. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  4. ^ "New Rebel Group Calls to Overthrow South Sudan Government". Sudan Tribune. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  5. ^ "South Sudan clashes between army and militia kill 57". BBCnews.com. 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  6. ^ "Dozens killed in South Sudan clash". Aljazeera.net/english. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  7. ^ "Nine questions about the South Sudan crisis". radiotamazuj.org. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "South Sudan rebel Riek Machar ‘controls key state". newstalk931.com. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "EU Sanctions South Sudan Militia Leader, Army Commander". voanews.com. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Copnall, James (23 July 2011). "South Sudan rebel Gatluak Gai killed after peace deal". BBC. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Profile: South Sudan army defector Peter Gadet". bbcnews.co.uk. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 

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Sudan Tribune

Sudan Tribune
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:23:17 -0700

On the armed opposition side, the sanctions target Major-Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, chief of the general staff, Major-General James Koang Chuol, who led attacks in Upper Nile State, and General Peter Gadet, the rebels' deputy chief of staff for operations.


Inner City Press
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:33:45 -0700

One of those now sanctioned, without a listed passport, is Peter Gadet, regarding whom Inner City Press has previously asked the US State Department, here. The individual WITH the passport is Marial Chanuong Yol Mangok, Passport no.: R00005943, South ...

Sudan Tribune

Sudan Tribune
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:25:26 -0700

On the armed opposition's side, those targeted include Major-General Simon Gatwech Dual, chief of general staff for the opposition forces; Major-General James Koang Chuol, commander of the opposition special division one; and Major-General Peter Gadet ...


Mon, 29 Jun 2015 03:30:00 -0700

The United States, European Union and Canada have already black-listed Major General Marial Chanuong Yol Mangok, commander of President Salva Kiir's presidential guard and General Peter Gadet, the rebels' deputy chief of staff for operations.


Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0700

Dans le camp des rebelles, Simon Dual, James Koang Chuol et Peter Gadet, Chef d'état-major adjoint des forces rebelles, figurent également sur le banc des accusés. Les sanctions incluent l'interdiction de voyager ainsi que le gel de fonds et d'avoirs ...

Tribune de Genève

Tribune de Genève
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:56:15 -0700

... une offensive en février à Jonglei et «a pris pour cible des civils», James Koang Chuol, dont les forces ont «attaqué des camps des Nations Unies, des hôpitaux et des écoles» dans l'Etat d'Unité, et Peter Gadet, chef d'état-major adjoint des forces ...

International Business Times UK

International Business Times UK
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:42:27 -0700

The European Union named two South Sudanese military leaders who will face sanctions: rebel leader Peter Gadet and government army commander Santino Deng. They will face travel bans to EU countries as well as asset freezes. Gadet commanded an ...
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:18:45 -0700

Las sanciones afectan a los generales Marial Chanuong Yol Mangok, Gabriel Jok Riak, Santino Deng Wol, Simon Gatwech Dual, James Koang Chuol y Peter Gadet, informó en un comunicado la misión de Estados Unidos ante la ONU. En el comunicado ...

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