Ivory Coast: December 28, 2002


While the rest of African is quietly reloading during this season of Peace, the civil war in the Ivory Coast continues to simmer. At Abidjan, they landed 300 additional French troops with about 20 trucks, a dozen jeeps, more than 30 light armored vehicles and five helicopters. The reinforcements had just made the 10-day journey from Toulon aboard the Landing Platform Dock Ship "Foudre" and would immediately join the Peacekeeping Force. In addition to French Marine battalions, there are elements of the 2nd Dragoon Regiment, 8th Paratrooper Regiment and the 2nd Foreign Legion Paratrooper Regiment involved in "Operation Licorne". 


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