Yesterday the U.S. National Security Council announced the new administration’s decision to turn the US embassy in Khartoum over to the African Union Mission in Darfur in July 2015. The Sudanese government will now have foreign troops on its territory in order to protect American citizens and others in the country.
While this is rare for the U.S., this is the third African state to have foreign soldiers occupying its territory for that purpose, reports The National. The Congo also lets foreign troops do the same for the purpose of protecting American citizens, though it should be noted that those troops have troops under the auspices of the UN’s mission there.
Foreign troops are granted only when they’re asked for protection by the host nation, and in other cases the UN or African Union will do it. The reasons why aren’t usually for good intentions – the Ugandan People’s Defense Force is in Congo for humanitarian reasons in an effort to stop the violence there.
Last year The Washington Post reported that a number of deaths could have been avoided were it not for the illegal and ineffective use of armed forces, noting that “foreign troops have indeed been responsible for kidnappings, assaults and rapes during the mission in Darfur.”