Are there really Sudanese soldiers fighting with Hifter?

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The head of Sudan's Transitional Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has settled the controversy over sending Sudanese soldiers to fight with General Khalifa Hifter in Libya.

A UN report accused Khartoum of taking part in 1,000 battles in Libya to support the army led by Khalifa Hifter through the Rapid Support Forces, which had a role in the Sudanese revolution that toppled the regime of al-Bashir for nearly 30 years.

But Al-Burhan said in an interview with Al-Jazeera that "the talk about sending Sudanese troops to Libya is not true. We have not sent anybody to fight in Libya. No one or country has asked us to send soldiers there. We are not a party to the Libyan conflict."

Al-Burhan did not rule out that other armed factions outside the former regime have worked in Libya, stressing that his government has no income in that, he told Al Jazeera.

He stressed that the rapid support forces are part of the Sudanese army, and work under his command and does not work in isolation from the army and its leadership, stressing that these forces "previously had a separate budget, but after the change in the country became the army."

Spokesman for the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces, Brigadier General Jamal Juma, earlier this month, in an exclusive statement to the "Arab" all the rumors, noting that his forces deployed on the border with Libya or other countries are working to prevent human trafficking, and combat Illegal immigration only.

At the time, Sudanese army spokesman Brigadier General Amer Mohamed al-Hassan also denied sending 1,000 Rapid Support troops to support the Libyan army led by Major General Khalifa Hifter, saying that all these allegations come within the framework of a systematic plot targeting national institutions, especially Military establishment.

Hifter's successor and rival Fayez al-Sarraj share power in Libya. Hifter's successor controls the eastern Libyan, and about 85 percent of Libyan oil sources, while Sarraj is recognized internationally and internationally because he heads a government of national reconciliation.



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