U.S. Army sends 45 troops to South Sudan

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U.S. Army sends 45 troops to South Sudan
In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 and released by the U.S. Air Force, soldiers of the East Africa Response Force (EARF), a Djibouti-based joint team assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, depart from a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules in Juba, South Sudan to support with an ordered departure of personnel from the city. Gunfire hit three U.S. military CV-22 Osprey aircraft Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 trying to evacuate American citizens in Bor, the capital of the remote region of Jonglei state in South Sudan, that on Saturday became a battle ground between South Sudan's military and renegade troops, officials said, with four U.S. service members wounded in the attack. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Tech. Sgt. Micah Theurich)

The U.S. Army has sent 45 troops to South Sudan to help with the ongoing violence in the nation. The U.S. has avoided involvement up to this point, but problems are escalating in South Sudan and require a response. The troops will be helping with evacuations and protecting citizens in the area.

The Army has moved troops from the East Africa Response Force to the South Sudan, according to Reuters. The United States is also asking staff at embassies and other areas to return home because of the dangerous situation. The 45 troops will be in charge of keeping the U.S. citizens safe and making sure the embassy is also safe.

The troops that are coming to South Sudan will not be fighting the rebels if they can avoid it. These U.S. soldiers are being sent to protect Americans as they try to return home from South Sudan. Violence in the region has reached new, dangerous levels as different groups continue to vie for power.

The United States is offering $101 million to help South Sudan at this time and the other nations who are trying to restore order. Recently, the U.S. helped transport troops from other countries to South Sudan, and the additional aid money will be used to continue these efforts. France and several African nations are currently in the region while they attempt to restore peace.

Several U.S. officials have visited South Sudan to see how else the country can be helped. Unfortunately, the fighting between various groups does not seem to have an off switch, and the violence is destroying the country. There has been an alleged coup attempt that was being conducted by rebel forces. In addition, the government of South Sudan is losing land and power to rebel groups in many areas.

For now, the United States will be offering aid and transportation services to help South Sudan while 45 troops protect citizens. There are no other plans at this time to send more troops, but this could change in the future. The tension in the region is reaching new levels that may require a stronger international response to stop a complete disaster. There are disturbing reports of ethnic violence, attacks on minorities, random attacks and other abuses. Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes as the violence reaches their doorsteps. They are creating another problem of displaced citizens who fear staying in the country.







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