Hidden hands of foreign players as Sudan generals battle

Hidden hands of foreign players as Sudan generals battle

Sudan has degenerated into a battleground for two rival generals, but they are backed by complex webs of international alliances with conflicting interests that could imperil the country’s future, analysts say.

Missiles, air strikes and gunfire have been ceaseless in Khartoum since Saturday as army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan wages war with his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who leads the powerful Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group.

Read: Gunfire shatters Sudan ‘armistice’

More than 180 people have been killed and 1,800 injured, according to the UN, in the fighting between the one-time partners and authors of a 2021 coup.

With a long history of coups, the North African nation enjoys a strategic location and has long been courted for its natural resources.

Russia and the United Arab Emirates — in addition to earmarking billions for new Red Sea ports — are both involved in RSF-controlled Sudanese gold mining, according to experts.

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