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U.S. Preparing Troops in Case of Sudan Embassy Evacuation

The security situation has spiraled downward in the country’s capital

The Pentagon is preparing to position U.S. forces in Djibouti in anticipation of a potential mission to evacuate U.S Embassy personnel in Khartoum, two people familiar with the military plans said.

The security situation in Sudan’s capital has cratered over a week of fighting, as two rival generals — one in charge of the nation’s armed forces, the other a powerful paramilitary group — battle for control of the country. The heavy fighting in Khartoum has left many stranded in the city of 5 million people, including embassy staff who are sheltering in place at the compound eight miles from the international airport.

Wendy Sherman, the deputy secretary of State, privately told lawmakers Wednesday that troops would be moving to Djibouti, home to Camp Lemmonier, to provide the administration an option to launch an evacuation operation. Sherman stressed that the mission would whisk only embassy staff to safety and that there will not be a military-led general evacuation of American citizens.

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