4 US Troops Wounded in South Sudan
American aircraft hit by gunfire during evacuation mission
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 21, 2013 7:45 AM CST
In this photo released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), U.N. peacekeepers walk to lay flowers on coffins of their two colleagues who were killed on Thursday, at a memorial service...   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – At least four US service members were wounded today when rebel gunfire hit two US military aircraft responding to the outbreak in violence in South Sudan. The aircraft were heading to Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and scene of some of the nation's worst violence over the last week. One American service member was reported to be in critical condition. Officials said after the two aircraft took incoming fire, they turned around and headed to Kampala, Uganda. From there the service members were flown on to Nairobi, Kenya for medical treatment, the officials said.

The aircraft were there as part of an attempt to evacuate Americans from the area, reports CNN. South Sudan President Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, said this week that an attempted coup triggered the violence now pulsing through South Sudan that has left hundreds dead and raised the prospect of a full-blown civil war. He blamed the former vice president, Machar, an ethnic Nuer. But officials have since said a fight between Dinka and Nuer members of the presidential guard triggered the initial violence late Sunday night. Machar's ouster from the country's No. 2 political position earlier this year had stoked ethnic tensions.

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Dec 21, 2013 11:30 AM CST
We need embassies everywhere, so you know, we can be busy rescuing Americans from danger constantly. It's an economic enhancement strategy you people just wouldn't understand...... Lol
Dec 21, 2013 10:35 AM CST
People of the United States of America, I realize Americans are in countries all over the world in various capacities.There are to many countries with major subversive activities. Unless the United States builds the equivalent of Armed Fortresses, the Americans living in the country are always going to be in danger??
Dennis Galbreath
Dec 21, 2013 9:35 AM CST
why do we have troop presence in YET ANOTHER turd-world **ithole? let's just bring them ALL home. The world hates us anyway, let it stew in its own juices....