US invades South Sudan
The U.S. military in Africa said Wednesday it has sent 40 additional soldiers to South Sudan's capital, Juba, to "help secure American personnel and facilities" in the war-torn city.
The U.S. forces were deployed at the request of the State Department, said Africom spokeswoman Cpt. Jennifer Dyrcz.
Background on the South Sudan conflict from Katehon:
The conflict being fought is between supporters of the President of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir and the first vice-president of Rijeka Ma'shar. Kiir is a representative of a major ethnic group in South Sudan - the Dinka, and Ma'shar belongs to the ethnic Nuer.
Earlier, the US provoked Sudan's separation, resulting in an independent South Sudan. In this region there are deposits of oil, but it has no outlet to the sea, so the leadership of South Sudan is bound to cooperate with Sudan.
But the separation of the country has not led to the creation of a fully-fledged state, and in 2013 the country was once covered in conflicts based on ethnicity. While the US and the UN tried to intervene, it has not yet yielded any results.