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It's October 1962. In the midst of the Cold War, tensions between Egypt and Sudan over control of the Hala'ib Triangle rise. With the Cuban Missile Crisis ongoing, the international community's attention is diverted. Sudan take the opportunity to finally take control of the Hala'ib, a small triangle of Egyptian desert that they have always wanted for themselves.

On the night of 22 October, Sudanese warplanes launch a massive series of airstrikes against targets in southern Egypt, killing dozens of civilians and drawing the condemnation of the international community. Egypt retaliated within hours by using their own warplanes to level the strategic city of Port Sudan, prompting Sudan to bomb the Aswan High Dam, breaching it and drowning thousands of Egyptians downstream. What started as a regional conflict was rapidly spiralling out of control.

The international community could not look on in disbelief any longer. The opposing nations of the Cold War, with the Cuban Missile Crisis over, diverted their attention to North Africa. Egypt gained the backing of the United States, while the Soviet Union got behind Sudan, who united with communist Ethiopia and rose to become Africa's latest great power. The conflict was now a proxy war between the world's great nuclear powers, with more than just a small triangle of the Sahara at stake. Nobody knew where the conflict would head next.

Little did they know, Sudan's bombing of Egypt on 22 October would prove to be the start of World War 3 - in the most unlikely of locations.

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