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The Sudan People's Liberation Army is the army of the Republic of South Sudan. The SPLA was founded as a guerrilla movement in 1983 and was a key protagonist of the Second Sudanese Civil War. Throughout the war, it was led by John Garang de Mabior. Following John Garang's death, Salva Kiir Mayardit was named the new Commander-in-Chief of SPLA. As of 2013, the SPLA was estimated to have 210,000 soldiers and an unknown number of personnel in a small air force. The SPLA is divided into divisions of 10,000-14,000 soldiers. Following the independence of South Sudan in 2011 the SPLA became the regular army of the new republic. (via Freebase)