JUBA - Several soldiers were
killed in clashes between south Sudan's army and rebel militia
in oil-producing Unity State, the army said on Friday.
Ahead of independence in July, analysts have warned south
Sudan must maintain security to avoid becoming a failed state
and destabilizing much of the region.
At least seven rebel militia are fighting the southern army
(SPLA) across Sudan's south, where more than 800 people have
been killed this year from the clashes and traditional tribal
conflicts, the United Nations has said.