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Pentagon prepares to evacuate embassy in Sudan as nation descends into civil war

The administration is positioning troops in Djibouti should the evacuation come to fruition.

Published: April 20, 2023 7:41pm

The Biden administration is preparing for the possible evacuation of U.S. diplomats at the embassy in Sudan amid an ongoing civil war within the country.

Roughly 70 U.S. staff are stationed at the embassy and as many as 16,000 U.S. citizens are in the country, The Hill reported.

Combatants loyal to the Sudanese Armed Forces have clashed with the paramilitary militants of the Rapid Support Forces in recent days, resulting in roughly 2,000 killed or wounded thus far.

Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan of the SAF and Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo of the RSF worked together to depose the nation's government in 2021, but their factions have since turned on one another.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby indicated that the U.S. was "very concerned about the violence" but insisted there was "no indication that either side is deliberately going after or trying to hurt or target Americans."

The administration is positioning troops in Djibouti in case the evacuation come to fruition.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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