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

Antanov An-26 transport aircraft (1)
Gulfstream IV utility aircraft (1)
Mi-24 attack helicopter (3)

AW-139 helicopter (1)

Marine National

Patrol boats (2)

Small patrol craft


T-55 tanks (10)
AMX-13 light tanks (5)
ERC-90 (6)
BTR-80 armored personnel carriers (6)

VAB armored personnel carriers (13)

Panhard M3 (12)

Cayman amphibious armored vehicles

BRDM-2 reconnaissance armored vehicles (13)

ACMAT Bastion armored vehicles used for UN missions

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-2  anti-aircraft guns
ZPU-1 anti-aircraft guns

M3 VDAA self propelled 20mm anti-aircraft guns?

Special Forces

Garde Republicaine (GR)
Republican Guard

Approximately 4,000 personnel

BMP-1 armored fighting vehicle

Cayman armored vehicles

BTR-80 armored personnel carriers

VAB armored personnel carriers

UIGN- SWAT like unit within the Gendarmerie

Police Nationale
National Police

FRAP- Elite unit within the Police Nationale


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