US intelligence agencies are closely following the activities of Sudan's deputy junta leader in Chad, the Central African Republic and in his own country. They suspect him of links to an alleged plot to topple Chad's interim president and are scrutinising his mining interests and dealings with Russian entities including the paramilitary firm Wagner.
The border region straddling Sudan, the Central African Republic and Chad has been the focus of intense manoeuvring in recent weeks. At stake is the control of the Vakaga gold mines and the expansion of the Wagner group, against a backdrop of high-level rivalry in Khartoum.
Domestic political agendas are in the process of remodelling the regional balance of power between Sudan and Chad while, in the neighbouring Central African Republic, the role of Wagner, which is an ally of Sudan but hostile to Chad, is raising questions.