On the ground, the Sudan People's Liberation Army looks competent and confident of taking Juba. Its rout of government forces is unparallelled since the 1991 split. Under the overall command of Colonel John Garang's number two, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, it captured Kaya, Kajo Kaji, Morobo (West Nile Bank Front, WNBF, headquarters), Yei and a string of garrisons in a fortnight, along with some 60 tanks, vast amounts of weapons including heavy artillery (122 millimetre, 130 mm., Howitzers) and thousands of tonnes of ammunition. Shells bear markings from Afghanistan, China, Iran and Iraq. Many SPLA ranks have been trained since last summer.
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