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South Sudan: A Young Nation on a Razor's Edge

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A man, who was wounded during the fighting between South Sudan's army, rebels and rival tribes, rests at a hospital in Bor July 15, 2013. The fighting has sent thousands of people fleeing into the bush in the east of the country, U.N. and aid officials said on Sunday. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu (SOUTH SUDAN - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTX11NE7

US officials who watch South Sudan are sounding an alarm that the country is increasingly at war with itself.

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(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the audio to hear it.)

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir recently sacked his entire cabinet, including his main political rival.

And South Sudanese soldiers last month attacked their own citizens in a rural area called Jonglei state where some 300 people died in ethnically-motivated fighting.

This week authorities arrested an official based in Jonglei, Gen. James Otong, for human right abuses.

Anchor Marco Werman talks with Gayle Smith, President Obama's point person on South Sudan and a senior director at the National Security Council.

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