The Biden Administration announced that roughly 70 US diplomats from the embassy in Sudan were evacuated from the strife-filled city of Khartoum by American forces while acknowledging thousands of Americans will be left to fend for themselves in the Civil War.
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This happened as the battle between the Sudanese military and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) persisted for a second week, with numerous fatalities and multiple thousands of wounded.
What Did Biden Say?
“On my orders, the United States military conducted an operation to extract US Government personnel from Khartoum,” Biden said in a White House statement.
In the statement, the White House conveniently left out the fact that at least 16,000 Americans were left because broader evacuation efforts were apparently too dangerous.
Should Biden take heat for this?
The U.S. has known about the escalating conflict in Sudan long enough and has intentionally chosen not to act, until now.
Their laggard response may cost hundreds, if not thousands, of Americans their lives.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted that the US would “continue to assist Americans in planning for their own safety” in Sudan which is politispeak for absolutely nothing.
How Did They Evacuate the 70 U.S. Diplomats?
Earlier in the day, the RSF declared that it had worked with a US military mission, which included six planes, to move out the US diplomats and their families from Sudan.
On Sunday morning, the Rapid Support Forces Command announced in a tweet that they had collaborated with the US Forces Mission, which is composed of 6 aircraft, to safely transport diplomats and their households.
The RSF promised to offer full support to all diplomatic missions, guarantee the availability of any protection needed, and make sure they can go back to their home countries securely.
In his declaration, Biden gave thanks to the prowess of the US forces included in the mission and revealed that Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Saudi Arabia had lent support to the evacuation.
The US mission in Khartoum has been shut down by the Washington administration permanently, and the White House reported there is no plan to organize a rescue mission for the 16,000 private US citizens registered with the embassy in Sudan.
What Does This Conflict Have To Do With Russia?
The Wagner Group, a mercenary force based in Russia, refuses to admit any part in the current strife in Sudan; however, it is charged with having both military and commercial connections to this African nation.
Yevgeny Prighozin, who has a tight connection with Russia's leader Vladimir Putin, declared that "no Wagner PMC soldier had been in Sudan" for more than two years.
No proof has been uncovered indicating that there are Russian mercenaries present in the nation.
Nevertheless, there is proof of Wagner's deeds in Sudan in the past, and the operations of Mr. Prighozin in the area have been subject to sanctions from the US and EU.
In 2017, during a tour to Moscow, Omar al-Bashir, the then President of Sudan, signed off on a few contracts with the Russian government.
Russia and the Sudanese Ministry of Minerals reached an accord in which Russia was permitted to construct a naval base at Port Sudan on the Red Sea, as well as permission to M Invest [Russian company] to engage in gold mining operations.
It’s always about natural resources.
According to the US Treasury, M Invest and its subsidiary Meroe Gold is being used by the Wagner Group as a facade for their activities in Sudan, Africa's third-biggest gold producer.
There have been videos recirculating on the internet showing Wagner groups allegedly conducting parachute-landing exercises with Sudanese soldiers in 2022.
Again, there’s no evidence in the present to suggest Russia is getting its hands dirty in the Sudanese Civil War today, but it wouldn’t be surprising.