El Fasher Defection
A commander of the Sudan Armed Forces in North Darfur joins the RSF
A commander of Sudan’s 6th Infantry Division in North Darfur has defected with some of his men to the RSF. In a video message spread by unofficial RSF media, he promised Hemedti that he will deliver to him soon the SAF divisions in El Fasher and Zalingei.
It would be easy to dismiss this simply as propaganda—after all it is easy to stage such defections. But the fact is that several SAF infantry divisions have done little if anything to help the war effort, which possibly reflects the divided loyalties of either the commanders or the soldiers. I am referring to the 22nd, 20th, and 14th divisions, among others, which are based in areas where RSF has recruited heavily. In this video, the commander says, "That division (the 6th) are all our sons (i.e. many Darfur Arabs).