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Rival factions were firing on one another in the streets. In late April, the Biden administration shuttered the U.S. embassy in Khartoum and flew special-operations soldiers into the war-torn country in helicopters to rescue about 100 embassy staffers.

The administration’s message to the roughly 16,000 other Americans believed then to be remaining in the country: Don’t expect the U.S. government to do the same for you. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters in late April that “it is not our standard procedure to evacuate American …

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