South Sudan soldiers are now occupying an oil facility and a Sudanese Army base in Heglig.
According to Maj. Gen. Mac Bol, the SPLA’s deputy director for military intelligence, Heglig is a forward base for SPLA soldiers.
The Sudan military base bears signs of a hasty retreat with key indicators being Sudanese military uniforms, blankets and boots littering the ground and birds stalking the bodies.
Field intelligence reports confirm clusters of dead Sudanese soldiers, and destroyed Sudanese tanks besides discarded military transport and office equipment.
The area around Heglig produces 50% of Sudan’s oil with the South claiming ownership as explained by 2nd Lt. Abram Manjil Kony from the South Sudan military base at the Unity State oil field.
Khartoum despite its superior air force power has been unable to make inroads despite bombing Juba facilities.
Sudanese soldiers have massed 28-kilometers from Heglig.
In Heglig and sorrounding areas roads have been mined and the dry forest is the frontline with Sudanese soldiers massing.
Sudan deployed squadrons of Sukhoi and MIG 29 fighter jets and bombed positions and strategic facilities on Saturday.
SPLA clout has been bolstered by Justice and Equality Movement, a militia battling Khartoum in the western Sudan region of Darfur and the other Sudanese rebel outfits.
South Sudan’s historical border rightfully lies between Karsana and Keliak.