As the “deep state war” rages on in Sudan, narratives are flying. One of Africa’s largest countries was recently rocketed into war with multiple military/government factions vying for power. The United States has entered the conflict and has begun sowing a narrative of Russian interference, possibly setting the stage for military involvement. This conflict is complex and involves many factions but the key to remember throughout all of it is that Russia has been rapidly expanding its influence across Africa while France and other Western powers have seen their influence wane.
Khartoum North – Massive destruction of civilian areas due to areal bombardment by the Sudanese Army and violent clashes with the paramilitary forces, RSF. pic.twitter.com/i0Q9xz6feh
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) April 25, 2023
Stop the ongoing war in Sudan…this is too much. pic.twitter.com/p4ej5jKCrb
— Dan Ojowa for President (@DanOjowa) April 17, 2023
In Sudan, a large nation south of Egypt in the northwest of Africa, large clashes are ongoing between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and a paramilitary group known as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Now Sudan has been in a state of civil war for years and its southern region, the world’s newest country South Sudan, gained independence in 2011. Since 2019 a transitional council has ruled amidst the unrest and the head of the Sudan Armed Forces, Abdel Fatah al-Burhan, and the head of the RSF Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemeti), has been vying for leadership of the settled government. It is reported that the RSF controls very large portions of the capital city of Khartoum at this time.
The militants seem to have shifted strategy from completely taking the capital to consolidating a line of control around it. pic.twitter.com/2ltkUarkFR
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) April 25, 2023
Now the US has accused Russia and the Wagner Private military Company of supporting the RSF and hoping to overthrow the government but even mainstream sources like Foreign Policy magazine report that it was actually precipitated by a failed attempt by the US to integrate the RSF into the SAF. This is also suspicious because al-Burhan and the ruling council, is currently still supporting a plan to build a large Russian Navy base on the Red Sea and the Sudanese Ambassador to Russia confirmed, amidst the conflict, that: “Russia is a friendly country to us so we have been in direct contact with [the] Russian Foreign Ministry since the very beginning of those events last Saturday.” And why would Russia seek to overthrow a government that is allowing it unprecedented access to the Red Sea. For those who don’t know, the US and China also have massive Red Sea bases in neighboring Djibouti.
As soon as Sudan signs to set up a Russian Military base in Sudan – then comes the Coup? CIA working harder huh 🤔 pic.twitter.com/d2kJ219zhU
— Mama Kwezi of Uganda (@KweziMama) April 17, 2023
Now the story really only begins with Sudan. The governments and other paramilitaries in effectively every surrounding nation are getting involved somehow. The US has accused the Russian backed Libyan military leader Haftar of supporting the RSF, the Egyptian government is supporting the Sudanese Armed Forces, and rumors of assaults on and from Ethiopia, the Central African Republic (CAR), and Chad have all been reported. Wagner forces, which has recently also successfully taken Bakhmut in Ukraine for Russia, have worked with governments and anti terror groups across Africa and have successfully brought multiple governments into the Russian sphere of influence and helped aid in anti-French coups removing pro western leaders in Mali, CAR, and Burkina Faso. As the humanitarian crisis continues in Sudan with nearly 1 million refugees, the consequences of their migration into neighboring nations and even outside of Africa is concerning to many.
While it seems that Sudan is not adopting the US narrative about Russian interference, that could change. Political commentator Andrew Korybko says:
“In the event that [head of SAF/Sudan] Burhan repeats this emerging anti-Russian narrative and promises to rubbish Sudan’s naval base deal with Moscow upon defeating the RSF, then the US can “justify” a military intervention there on the basis of “defending Sudanese democracy from a Kremlin coup”. The public would then be told that the latest conflict was sparked by Russia’s support for the “insurgent” RSF, which would be attributed to its interests in defending Wagner’s rumored mining operations.”
Ultimately the conflict in Ukraine and around the world between the emerging multipolar world and the powers that dominated the old secular globalist order, has gone worldwide. A soft World War III is unfolding and going hot before our very eyes, and it seems dozens of African countries have already been dragged in! China and Russia are only becoming more relevant on the continent as former colonial powers and the US are pushed out.
Conrad Franz is a Staff Writer at Turley Talks.
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