Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cote d' Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Cote d' Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Capital: Abidjan

2002-2011- In "Operation Unicorn", French soldiers are stationed in the predominately muslim north of the country in rebel territory. They are stationed there to supposedly support U.N. forces in Cote d'Ivoire.

2004- Cote d'Ivoire aircraft attack French forces in the north, killing 9 French soldiers. French forces retaliate destroying most of the Cote d'Ivoire Air Force.

Mercenaries from Liberia were hired by the government of Cote d'Ivoire throughout the conflict.
The government of Cote d'Ivoire also used Bulgarian pilots and technicians.
israeli technicians operated israeli made unmanned aerial vehicles for the government of Cote d'Ivoire. Owned and operated by a private israeli company.

2010 Cote d'Ivoire presidential elections in which most international observers said Gbagbo lost.

April 2011- The French and U.N. backed rebels overthrew the government of Cote d'Ivoire with the help of French and U.N. attack aircraft, helicopters and French Special Forces. The majority of the rebels are muslim.

The former president of Cote d'Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo , was taken into custody. Gbagbo was president of Cote d'Ivoire from 2000-2011.

Alassane Ouattara, the current president of Cote d'Ivoire is a former Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Force Aerienne de la Cote d'Ivoire (FACI)- Ivory Coast Air Force



T-55 tanks (10)
AMX-13 light tanks (5)
ERC-90 (6)
BTR-80 (6)
VAB (13)
Panhard M3 (12)
Cayman amphibious armored vehicles

BRDM-2 reconnaissance armored vehicles (13)

BM-21 multiple rocket launchers
M-1950 towed 105mm howitzers (4)

AM-50 120mm mortars
M37 82mm mortars

9K135 Kornet (AT-14) anti-tank guided missiles?
9K111-1 Konkurs (AT-5) anti-tank guided missiles?
M40 recoilless rifles

ZU-23 anti-aircraft guns
ZPU-1 anti-aircraft guns
M3 VDAA self propelled 20mm anti-aircraft guns?

Garde Republicaine (GR)

Approximately 4,000 personnel

Cayman armored vehicles

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