Sudan Army Chief Warns UN of Regional Conflict Spillover

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    The Facts

    • In an address to the UN, Sudan's Army Chief and president of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, warned that the civil war in his country could spill over into neighboring countries. He called on the international community to apply pressure on the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) which he characterized as "terrorists."

    • Al-Burhan said the danger of war threatened "regional and international peace and security," as rebels had sought support from "outlaws and terrorist groups" in other countries. "This is like the spark of war, a war that will spill over to other countries in the region," he added.


    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    The United Nations was created for moments exactly like this. The Sudanese army, after extinguishing all other possibilities to stop this war, is now in desperate need of help to end the fighting by prosecuting to the fullest extent all factions engaged in terroristic behavior. The RSF's crimes and atrocities necessitate accountability.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Sudan's problems, from extreme poverty and malnutrition to today's armed conflicts, stem not from warring factions who pop up out of nowhere but rather from Western meddling dating back a hundred years or more. Western governments so "kindly" offering humanitarian aid today are the same ones who toyed with Sudan for decades solely to steal its resources and combat China's rise in the region.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that more than 10K people will die in the Sudan conflict in 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

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