Chaos in Sudan as Rival Militaries Vie for Control


Violence erupted in Sudan on Saturday between the Sudanese military and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (rsf). Khartoum is the epicenter of the violence, with both sides contesting the airport and presidential palace. But the fighting has spread to other areas, including the major seaport Port Sudan and the Darfur region.

The immediate cause for the latest clashes are unclear. Since a 2019 coup, the military, led by Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, has controlled the country. The rsf grew out of Arab militias supported by the government in the infamous Darfur genocide. The military tried to integrate the rsf into its ranks, but the latest clashes show this effort has failed.

Radical Islam’s opportunity? It’s too early to tell how the dust will settle or when. We could see a quick end or a protracted conflict; Burhan’s regime could survive or be uprooted.

Since Islamist dictator Omar Bashir was ousted in 2019, Sudan has been no stranger to unrest, crackdowns and civil strife. Neither side is fighting under the black flag of jihad as of yet. But Egypt and Ethiopia, Sudan’s neighbors, faced similar crises that radical Islam was able to take advantage of. Sudan is even more unstable than those two states. If the crisis becomes prolonged, this could be radical Islam’s chance to reestablish a foothold in Khartoum.

The Trumpet will watch the situation in Sudan for future developments. Until then, learn more about North Africa in Bible prophecy with our free booklet Libya and Ethiopia in Prophecy.