Saturday, September 23, 2023

The conflict in Sudan is a colossal intelligence failure

All of a sudden we all heard about the conflict in Sudan between two factions of the military and this came without warning. The fighting goes on between General Abdel Fatah al-Burhan who is the current ruler of the country and Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo who is the head of what is known as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a well-trained para-military force. Certainly a power struggle is at the centre of this conflict.

These two strong men have worked together in concert to overthrow the last civilian leader in Orma al-Bashir, a man who is still sought after by the International Criminal Court dead or alive. It seems the honeymoon has not lasted far too long for the waring generals. The genesis of the conflict came as attempts were made to integrate the RSF back into the mainstream military. This was one of the ways to get the country ready to return to civilian rule.

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