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How the UAE kept the Sudan war raging
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How the UAE kept the Sudan war raging

A network of munition supply lines, backing the Rapid Support Forces against the Sudanese army, can be traced to the Gulf via Libya, Chad, Uganda and elsewhere. At midday on 6 August last year, a plane carrying unknown cargo could be seen on the runway at Hamrat al-Sheikh, an airstrip in Sudan’s North Kordofan state. A handful...

The UAE sows chaos around the world. Now it wants to own The Telegraph
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The UAE sows chaos around the world. Now it wants to own The Telegraph

Its government seems eager to exacerbate problems, only then to present itself as a reasonable arbiter. It is a fireman-arsonist. Who in their right mind would support Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the camel-trading Sudanese general who rose through the ranks during the genocide in Darfur? What kind of government would provide arms to his Rapid Support...

Wagner Group’s Engagements in West Asia and North Africa
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Wagner Group’s Engagements in West Asia and North Africa

Wagner Group’s Engagements in West Asia and North Africa. Wagner Group’s mutiny against the Russian military establishment and its sudden withdrawal in June 2023 have created chaos in Russia. This leaves analysts of Russian politics with several questions regarding the future of Wagner and the country’s internal dynamics. Such questions have also been raised in...

The UAE and Wagner Paymasters Past, Present, and Future
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The UAE and Wagner Paymasters Past, Present, and Future

Belgium (Brussels Morning Newspaper) Until Yevgeny Prigozhin blinked and ordered his Wagner Group forces to turn back within 200 miles from Moscow, it looked as though Putin’s Russia had created a monster it could not control. But whatever fate awaits its hardman founder, the organisation Prigozhin built is too useful to be dispensed with entirely. Wagner’s...

George Clooney and John Prendergast on how the West can kill the Wagner virus
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George Clooney and John Prendergast on how the West can kill the Wagner virus

In the days since the Wagner Group abandoned its march on Moscow on June 24th, speculation has grown about what will become of Russia’s notorious paramilitary company and its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin. Amid reports of President Vladimir Putin poking around Wagner’s assets and troop deployments, and with the status and whereabouts of Mr Prigozhin himself cloaked in mystery, the future...

UAE’s Troubling Support for Russia’s Wagner Group in Africa
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UAE’s Troubling Support for Russia’s Wagner Group in Africa

One targeted company, Industrial Resources General Trading, is a Dubai-based company sanctioned for importing gold from the Central African Republic and paying the Russian mercenary outfit in cash sent directly to Moscow. It is the first Emirati company sanctioned in relation to Wagner. OFAC previously targeted another United Arab Emirates (UAE) based firm, Kratol Aviation, for...

Wagner’s real money never came from diamonds and gold
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Wagner’s real money never came from diamonds and gold

Wagner’s businesses in Africa isolate and create dependent economies, not funding for private armies. The US Treasury Department on Tuesday sanctioned gold and diamond mining concerns connected to the Wagner group in Mali and the Central African Republic after Yevgeny Prigozhin, the mercenary group’s founder, attempted to stage a mutiny in Russia last weekend. The gold and diamond mining enterprises, as...

Mutiny at Home Weakens Wagner in the Middle East
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Mutiny at Home Weakens Wagner in the Middle East

If the Wagner Group’s mutiny has set off schadenfreude in Western capitals over the predicament of Russian President Vladimir Putin, it will spread unease through the palaces of the Middle East. The region’s rulers, reactionary autocrats almost to a man, tend to be nervous about uprisings of any kind — not least for fear they...

From UAE to Sudan: US targets Middle East entities for Wagner ties
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From UAE to Sudan: US targets Middle East entities for Wagner ties

The US has sanctioned entities operating in the UAE and Sudan for alleged connections to the notorious Russian mercenary group, which also has an extensive presence in the Middle East and North Africa. The Treasury Department specifically mentioned Industrial Resources General Trading’s connection to a gold and diamond company known as Diamville SAU. Diamville, which...

Russia’s bloody hands in Sudan
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Russia’s bloody hands in Sudan

Russia’s Wagner Group precipitated Sudan’s destructive civil war by assisting both the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of Sudanese General Mohammed Dagalo aka “Hemeti” and General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the military commander of Sudan’s Armed Forces (SAF). Both did business with Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner’s head and confidant of Vladimir Putin, who expanded his wealth and power by...