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Newsline: US eyes additional troops in Djibouti in case of Sudan embassy evacuation

The United States is preparing to send a large number of additional troops to its base in Djibouti in case of an eventual evacuation from Sudan, a U.S. official said. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, declined to elaborate. (https://neuters.de/world/africa/us-set-send-additional-troops-djibouti-case-sudan-evacuation-official-2023-04-20/) Forces commanded by two previously allied leaders of Sudan’s ruling council began a violent power struggle last weekend that has so far killed more than 330 people, tipping a nation reliant on food aid into what the United Nations calls a humanitarian catastrophe. “We are deploying additional capabilities nearby in the region for contingency purposes related to securing and potentially facilitating the departure of U.S. Embassy personnel from Sudan, if circumstances require it,” the Pentagon said in a statement. White House spokesperson John Kirby said President Joe Biden ordered the pre-positioning of military forces to be ready, adding that Biden was closely following developments. Kirby added that there are no indications Americans are being targeted, but that it was a dangerous situation. The State Department previously told U.S. citizens in Sudan to remain sheltered in place indoors. A State Department spokesperson said Washington does not provide numbers of U.S. citizens living in or traveling to a particular country and for security reasons declined to say how many embassy staff are in Sudan.

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