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lion_of_judah -> Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (11/27/2011 11:23:23 PM)

Catalyst to the conflict

The catalyst for the conflict was the law quickly drafted by the government and approved in a referendum immediately before the elections of 2000 which required both parents of a presidential candidate to be born within Côte d'Ivoire. This excluded the northern presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara from the race. Ouattara represented the predominantly Muslim north, particularly the poor immigrant workers from Mali and Burkina Faso working on coffee and cocoa plantations.

Beginning of the civil war
Troops, many of whom originated from the north of the country, mutinied in the early hours of 19 September 2002. They launched attacks in many cities, including Abidjan. By midday they had control of the north of the country. Their principal claim relates to the definition of who is a citizen of Ivory Coast (and so who can stand for election as President), voting rights and their representation in government in Abidjan. On the first night of the uprising, former president Robert Guéi was killed. There is some dispute as to what actually happened that night. The government said he had died leading a coup attempt, and state television showed pictures of his body in the street. However, it was widely claimed that his body had been moved after his death and that he had actually been murdered at his home along with fifteen other people. Alassane Ouattara took refuge in the French embassy, and his home was burned down.
Attacks were launched almost simultaneously in most major cities; the government forces maintained control of Abidjan and the south, but the new rebel forces had taken the north and based themselves in Bouake.
Laurent Gbagbo considered deserters from the army, supported by interference from Burkina Faso, as the cause of destabilization.


Opening moves: Sept 19th 2002.
FN forces begin their advance into Northern Cote D'Ivoire. Several army units have rebelled against the current Government. As you can see in the southern part of the country, several FN - units are in control of several towns in the south.



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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (11/27/2011 11:31:36 PM)

Government forces launch an airstrike in order to slow down the advance of FN forces. The Government currently has nothing to put against rebel forces. The Armoured Bltn is holding due to lack of oil. This has stopped the rebel advance in this sector since the Rebels currently do not have any type of AT ability. Right now the Governments main focus is mobilizing troops.

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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (11/27/2011 11:34:51 PM)

FN advance continues, Government thrown into confusion. Ivorian Airborne Brigade is sent to Tienigbe in order to try and stop the advance, but is over-run by the FN Armoured Car regiment without so much as a howdy. French forces are moving into positions around the capital, but will not strike FN forces in the north of the country.

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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (11/27/2011 11:40:39 PM)

French forces are liberating area's in the southern section of the country. French forces have just recaptured the town of Sassandra from FN forces. The French do not have the PP in order to create new units nor have the capability to do so. It thereby is wise for the French to stay on a defensive role and only conduct local counterattacks to those units which threaten the Ivorian capital. Her airunits though are being used more and more to support FANCI troops.

As you can see the Government has mobilized 2 Reserve Infantry Brigades, has the Presidential Guard unit in the capital plus the armoured bltn and 3 infantry Bltn. Cote D'Ivorie has two capitals, one Infantry Bltn is there and the Presidential Guard is in the second capital. One Infantry Bltn guarding the Liberian border, while the third Bltn is in the south fighing rebel units.

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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (11/27/2011 11:42:40 PM)

This is the current situation as of November 7th 2002. Large sections of Northern Cote D'Ivoire have been liberated by FN forces. Mercenary forces are beginning to arrive in the North from Burkino Faso to support the uprising. Mercenary forces are shown with light red infantry backgrounds. The Government is still trying to mobile some forces in order to stem the tide of FN advances..

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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (11/27/2011 11:47:50 PM)

Rebel forces are advancing on the Government held town of Katiola. Only one Reserve Infantry Brigade is defending the town.

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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (11/27/2011 11:50:01 PM)

Government forces launch airstrikes on the outskirts of the town as FN forces prepare for their assault. Ivorian tank Battalion has took up blocking position in front of the town of Dabakale. Oil for the Government is in short supply, so the decision to hold the Tank Battalion in a defense stance has been taken.

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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (11/27/2011 11:54:47 PM)

After heavy fighting the town of Katiola has fallen to Rebel forces, sending the FANCI Reserve Brigade in retreat. The first assault against Government forces was repulsed with heavy casualties. The second assault cause hvy casualties on government forces causing them to retreat. Now the FN objective city of "Bouake" is now within reach.

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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (12/1/2011 10:13:00 AM)

I have restarted this since it became apparent that each side had way too much supply, that was because i had set the modifier to 2 and forgot to set it back. So now it is set at 1 again and will have new screenshots in a couple of days.




lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (12/2/2011 5:00:27 PM)

This is the situation as it stands in January of 2003. Up until this point, Government forces have been giving ground with few battles with the exception of two major battles around the town of Sakasson which was defend by one Government reserve Brigade. 1st assault government forces held, but the second assault saw the loss of this town to FN (rebel) forces. The second battle was larger around the important city of Bouake which was very important to rebel forces. The Government held the city with 1 regular infantry Brigade and 1 Reserve Brigade, FN forces consisted of 4-6 rebel and mercenary infantry. This battle actually saw the city changes hands several times with heavy casualties on both sides, with rebel forces finally taking the city and holding it against two weak counter-attacks. Ivorian government did not use her fight bomber squadron nor her only tank battalion due to fuel shortages.

After these two battles, rebel forces captured as much territory as possible with Government forces mainly holding all of southern Cote D'Ivorie, and rebel forces holding almost all of northern Cote D'Ivorie. Both sides now mainly reinforced her positions with mobilization. North Cote D'Ivorie saw the intervention of Burkini troops entering both regular army units and mercenary forces. The total Burkini force inside North Cote D'Ivorie stands at 23,000 men




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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (12/2/2011 5:08:44 PM)

By February, Ghana had sent 2 infantry Battalions, and 1 Armoured car regiment into liberated northern Cote D'Ivorie to assist her rebel allies. Ghanian forces are only defensive in nature, she currently is at peace with the current government in Cote D'Ivorie but this movement of troops into the northern portion of the country has not eased tensions between the two nations, but only has increased said tensions. France issued a warning to Ghana to stay out of the current crisis.



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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (12/2/2011 5:12:07 PM)

By August 2003, French reconnaissance aircraft have observed several Air-defense units moving upto the current front line positions, resulting in the loss of 3 French fighters ( 1st fighters lost since the beginning of this crisis). Due to these attacks on French aircraft, she has launched an air-strike against these AA units resulting in the loss of several AA Batteries.


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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (12/2/2011 5:16:45 PM)

By July 31st Government forces are finally beginning to mass for her expected counter-offensive. She has newly arrived artillery battalions ( 3 in total) and 2 armored car brigades along with several regular infantry brigades for a total of 20,000 men on the central front.

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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (12/3/2011 11:28:48 AM)

After weeks of mobilizing and massing troops in on the central front, forces of the 2nd Corps have launched their counter-offensive in order to retake territory up to the river and hold. Artillery and airstrikes are launched with followup attacks by infantry and Light AFV's.

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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (12/3/2011 11:32:43 AM)

Government forces run into fortified rebel lines, even though artillery and further airstrikes take their toll, the first attack is beaten back, with heavy losses for the Government.

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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (12/3/2011 11:34:44 AM)

this screenshot shows just how heavy Government casualties were in the battle. Though weakened FN forces have been able to hold on. Each infantry represents 200 men, each machine gun represents 1 machine gun squad as the mortars represent 1 mortar squad.

Government casualties= 7,000 men, 20 armoured cars and 9 machine gun squads.
FN casualties= 3,800 men, 1 mortar squad and 1 machine gun squad.

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lion_of_judah -> RE: Ivorian Civil war " Cote D'Ivoire (12/3/2011 11:46:09 AM)

Government forces launch second assault with artillery and air support, this time FN lines crumble and Government troops continue their advance towards the river.

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