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South Sudan now flying L-39 jets

12 September 2016

The South Sudanese military is now operating two Aero L-39 Albatros jets, its first fixed-wing combat aircraft, according to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters.

The report was compiled by the panel of experts that was established to monitor South Sudan's civil war and recommend imposing targeted sanctions on individuals and entities that threaten the country's security.

"While the panel has received preliminary reports from two sources that the [L-39] jets were serviced and painted in Uganda, the panel has not yet been able to confirm their origin or if these jets have been purchased or are on loan," the report said.

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