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Sources in Uganda state that two planes evacuating U.S. personnel were fired upon.  

At least twoUS evacuation flights from South Sudan have been fired on, causing some injuries, say reports from Uganda, where the planes landed.

The aircraft were attacked near Bor, which is occupied by forces loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar, Ugandan officials say.

South Sudan has been in turmoil since President Salva Kiir accused Mr Machar a week ago of attempting a coup.

At least 500 people have been killed in clashes.

Details of the plane incident are still sketchy, but it appears at least one of them was hit, and several US personnel were injured.

The aircraft returned to Uganda's Entebbe airport near the capital Kampala.

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  •  and we are here...why?? (2+ / 0-)
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    GoGoGoEverton, whizdom

    Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be the pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see...

    by Keith930 on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 06:11:13 AM PST

    •  On a humanitarian mission to (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ER Doc, OIL GUY

      evacuate refugees from a dangerous situation. Some people apparently think that all human lives are valuable, not just those of American citizens.

      •  The mission that took fire (2+ / 0-)
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        terabytes, ER Doc

        was one to evacuate about 120 US and western diplomats, in a non combatant evacuation operation.

        The guys that took fire are 45 marines from the East Africa reaction Force, whose mission is to guard the embassy and US property.  Flown in on MV-22 Ospreys.   Probably from Djibouti.

        Meanwhile, the Central African Republic is wheeling out of control.

        Pretty bleak outlook.  

      •  got it....thanks n/t (0+ / 0-)

        Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be the pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see...

        by Keith930 on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 07:17:37 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Oil mostly (3+ / 0-)
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      terabytes, mickT, Bisbonian

      US producers are heavily involved.   The US and UK desperately want to keep South Sudan out of OPeC and Arab league.
      Israel also has multiple  initiative to increase her influence as she looks to Africa for markets and improved relations with non arab african nations.  And we are always concerned about Sunni extremists setting up camp in safe havens.

      The Dinka and Nuer fought against Islamic rule from Khartoum, now they are fighting each other,neither is heavily Islamic,  but there is a large Sunni muslim minority in South Sudan.  The majority are confessional christians with animist traditions.  

      China wants access to Sudanese oil.  Iran wants to bring Sudan into OPEC.

      ethnic tensions, extractive resources, geo-political maneuvering between superpowers.   Surely a recipe for civil strife  

    •  We have an Embassy in Sudan... (1+ / 0-)
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      whizdom

      ...as do many other nations. (including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, etc, etc.)

      US and International Aid workers have been there to help" Sudan's 9.7 million people do not have enough to eat.

      As of July, 2011, the UN security council adopted resolution resolution 1996 (2011)...

      ...the Security Council determined that the situation faced by South Sudan continued to constitute a threat to international peace and security in the region. The Security Council established the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) for an initial period of one year, starting from 9 July 2011.

      UNMISS is on the ground to consolidate peace and security and to help establish conditions for development...

      South Sudan is increasingly reliant on emergency aid, with the number of people in need of food aid doubling over 2011 to 2012...

      Since 2003, the crisis in the western state of Darfur has been one of the biggest humanitarian emergencies in the world, with over 2.5 million people forced to flee their homes. About 1.7 million displaced people still live in camps in Darfur, while there are still 298,000 Sudanese refugees in the neighbor country of Chad...

      Those are some of the reasons "we" and the international community are there.  But the escalating violence is endangering the international embassy, peacekeeping and humanitarian personnel, and making it necessary to evacuate them.

      Unfortunately the citizens caught in the middle of the power struggle between...

      ...army factions loyal to the country's president and his former vice president, who are members of different tribes...
      ...they have nowhere to go if everyone evacuates:
      Roughly 34,000 people have sought refuge in U.N. camps...

      Some analysts fear the violence may descend into the kind of ethnic bloodbath not seen since Rwanda in the 1990s...

      The UN peacekeepers have also been targeted in the violence.
  •  Pipelines (0+ / 0-)

    Currently, South Sudan oil is transported through Sudan to the Red Sea ports.

    There is a pipeline (LAPSSET) planned to transport South Sudan and Uganda oil from Albert Lake Basin oil through Kenya to the huge Mega port they are building in Lamu.

    Sudan hates this idea.  So does Iran and Saudi.  China, US, EU, Israel like it.

    The South Sudanese are stuck in the middle.

    The Lamu mega-port would enable landlocked South Sudan to export its oil through Kenya, bypassing Sudan's Red Sea port and oil refineries. This would cause Sudan to lose the substantial transit fees it is paid by South Sudan. Sudan lost 75 percent of its oil reserves when South Sudan seceded in 2011, and political relations have been uneasy ever since.
    The mega-port that threatens to sink Sudan

    Wikipedia

  •  Oddly Enough (3+ / 0-)
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    whizdom, OIL GUY, Bisbonian

    Getting shot at was the least dangerous part about riding in a CV-22 Osprey.

    /snark

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 10:33:36 AM PST

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