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Advances give Sudanese paramilitary force momentum in seven-month war

Advances give Sudanese paramilitary force momentum in seven-month war

GAINS for Sudan's Rapid Support Forces (RSF) across western and southern parts of the country have broken months of stalemate in their war with the army, bolstering the paramilitary force's ambition and giving it a stronger hand at talks in Jeddah. The RSF's dominance in its Darfur powerbase and the advances it has made in other regions stretching eastwards to Khartoum, the capital, has prompted speculation that Sudan could suffer another split, 12 years after losing South Sudan. However, analysts and diplomats say it is unclear how the RSF could govern a breakaway territory. The force is seeking instead to…
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Sudan: Hidden Islamic hand in war

Sudan: Hidden Islamic hand in war

THOUSANDS of men who worked as intelligence operatives under former president Omar al-Bashir and have ties to his Islamist movement are fighting alongside the army in Sudan's war, three military sources and one intelligence source said, complicating efforts to end the bloodshed. The army and a paramilitary force have been battling each other in Khartoum, Darfur and elsewhere for 10 weeks in Africa's third largest country by area, displacing 2.5 million people, causing a humanitarian crisis and threatening to destabilise the region. Reinforcements for either side could deepen the conflict. The army has long denied accusations by its rivals in the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) that it depends…
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Sudan conflict: Hemedti – the warlord who built a paramilitary force more powerful than the state

Sudan conflict: Hemedti – the warlord who built a paramilitary force more powerful than the state

DOZENS have been killed in armed clashes in the Sudanese capital Khartoum following months of tension between the military and the powerful paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Behind the tensions is a disagreement over the integration of the paramilitary group into the armed forces – a key condition of a transition agreement that’s never been signed but has been adhered to by both sides since 2021. General Mohamed Hamdan Dagolo, better known as Hemedti, is the leader of the RSF. He is a key mover in the fast-escalating civil war, as he has been in other key moments in…
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Sudan transition deal delayed, protesters march against talks

Sudan transition deal delayed, protesters march against talks

KHALID ABDELAZIZ THE head of Sudan's army said he remained committed to a plan for a new transition towards elections, despite disputes over the integration of a paramilitary force that has twice delayed the signing of a final deal. The agreement, which provides for the formation of a civilian government and is strongly supported by the international community, is meant to end a political vacuum that followed an October 2021 coup. But the signing was postponed for a second time late on Wednesday as the army and the powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) continued negotiations over what commitments they would make…
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