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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
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 12:00:40 -0700

“We hear that there are [those] who are not happy with the replacement of Peter Gadet and Gathoth Gatkuoth from their positions and their alleged subsequent denial to returning to their areas. If these reports are correct, I think it may delay their ...

Yahoo News

Yahoo News
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 03:31:55 -0700

Rebel chief Riek Machar, the country's former vice president, sacked powerful and influential warlord Peter Gadet, who was slapped with United Nations sanctions earlier this month. Machar has replaced Gadet -- who has operated as a notorious militia ...

Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:22:30 -0700

On the rebel side, they picked Peter Gadet, the commander reputed to be one of the most ruthless, accused of violent reprisals against non-Nuer civilians in Unity (where he had been leading the rebellion in mid-2014) and of violating the cease-fire ...
Inner City Press
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:41:32 -0700

Of the UNSC sancctions, 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, ...

Yahoo News

Yahoo News
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:56:44 -0700

In a likely further worsening of the war, rebel forces have split after Machar sacked a key commander, the powerful warlord Peter Gadet, who was slapped with United Nations sanctions earlier this month. Rebel spokesman Mabior Garang told AFP it was "an ...
Lexology (registration)
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:44:31 -0700

The six individuals are: (1) Gabriel Jok Riak, (2) Simon Gatwech Dual, (3) James Koang Chuol, (4) Santino Deng Wol, (5) Marial Chanuong Yol Mangok and (6) Peter Gadet. The press release notes that government commander Major General Yol Mangok ...

Sudan Tribune

Sudan Tribune
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 15:07:19 -0700

On the armed opposition side, the sanctions targeted 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.

Radio Tamazuj

Radio Tamazuj
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 06:41:15 -0700

He said he had instructed Peter Gadet, who was then the top rebel commander in the area, to locate the ten suspects. In the same interview he was asked whether the report of the investigation committee would be made public. He responded, “Surely, yes.

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