*(Via Mail & Guardian) – Three US aircraft came under fire from unidentified forces on Saturday while trying to evacuate Americans from a spiralling conflict in South Sudan. The US military said four of its members were wounded in the attacks.
Nearly a week of fighting in South Sudan threatens to drag the world’s newest country into a Dinka-Nuer ethnic civil war just two years after it won independence from Sudan with strong support from successive US administrations.
The US aircraft came under fire while approaching the evacuation site, the military’s Africa Command said in a statement. “The aircraft diverted to an airfield outside the country and aborted the mission,” it added.
The statement said all of the three Osprey CV-22 aircraft involved in the mission had been damaged.
Consequently, US President Barack Obama warned that any move to take power by military means would lead to an end of US and international community support for South Sudan.
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