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Journal-Neo.org: Sudan has become a battleground

Posted by: Berhane Habtemariam

Date: Sunday, 28 May 2023

Sudan has become a battleground

Author: Bakhtiar Urusov

28.05.2023

Sudan’s armed confrontation, which began in mid-April between General Abdel Fattah al Burhan, Commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces, and General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Commander of the Rapid Support Forces, is becoming more prolonged. The conflict helps only the West and is not in the interests of Africans or the vast majority of the world’s population.

According to the most conservative estimates, the Ukrainian crisis has recently surpassed all previous armed conflicts in the global information arena, which number more than fifty. Many of them are on a huge scale, i.e. full-fledged wars. This includes the situation developing in Sudan, where thousands of wounded and hundreds of dead have been reported in the previous month alone. Artillery and planes are being used in the battles, which are taking place in the capital city of Khartoum, the Kafuri region in the north, Darfur in the west, and Port Sudan on the Red Sea. Citizens of several foreign nations were evacuated. There were numerous social and humanitarian issues in the disorganized nation. Supply of food and medicine, electricity and communications services were all observed to be widely disrupted.

Nobody wants to even attempt to forecast the short-term course of the Sudanese scenario because it is constantly changing. However, most analysts agree that the conflict becomes protracted. They also point out that the infighting only benefits the Collective West, which has a history of fishing in troubled waters by fomenting civil wars.

The current phase of Sudan’s conflict actually started in 2019, when a military coup deposed the country’s leader at the time, Omar al-Bashir, who had ruled since 1993 and was accused of money laundering and corruption. The coup had a clear Western trace. However, the coup d’etat, as these things usually do, did not restore peace to the nation. Following that, Washington and its allies attempted to deal with the undesired al-Bashir by requesting that the venerable International Criminal Court seated in The Hague issue an arrest warrant for him.

The “good” British of the colonial era scrambled the borders of Sudan, entirely oblivious to geographic, economic, and additional considerations. As a result, the country’s civil war essentially continued unabated, and in 2011, it split in two, creating South Sudan.

An agreement on the creation of a transitional civil administration in the nation was planned but derailed in early April between the current governing Sovereign Council, headed by Al-Burhan and his Deputy Mohamed Dagalo, and more than 50 civil associations and groups.

Analysts say that one of the main objectives of Westerners in Sudan at the moment is to weaken China’s position, which has managed to forge a strong foothold in the nation through years of work and multibillion-dollar investments. It has also been suggested that Western capitals are alarmed about the planned construction of a naval base of the Russian Navy in Port Sudan.

Germany declared that it would send roughly 1,500 troops to Sudan, with the condition that the contingent size may be raised if required. This will further complicate the balance of power in the country.

  * Bakhtiar Urusov, a political observer, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.


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