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France AF On "standby" In Ivory Coast  
User currently offlinePlanespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4085 times:

France has destroyed 2 Ivorian warplanes in retaliation after a air strike which killed 8 of their troops.
The planes were two SU-25's and France jets are enforcing a no-fly zone around the Ivory Coast, and the president has ordered that if anymore aircraft are put up by the Ivory Coast military that the French can shoot them down if they cross the no-fly zone.


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User currently onlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3392 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4044 times:

The French have also downed a MI-24 as well. Good to see somebody is finally taking the situation in africa seriously.

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User currently offlineLMP737 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 5068 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3921 times:

Evidently French soldiers destroyed the two SU-25's on the ground. Hopefully the French will dispatch the Charles de Gaulle as a show of force and to provide backup for the guys on the ground.

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User currently onlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3392 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3805 times:

Current losses for ICAF are reported to be 2x SU-25 , 5x MI-24, 1x MI-8

3 Mirage F-1s were dispatched a few days ago to Gabon. French also have nearby bases in Sierra Leone, Chad, and Congo.

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User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3328 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3656 times:

AFAIK there is nothing such as French military assets in Sierra Leone. (Lungi airport), and the reported F1's in Gabon are of no use at this distance, other than for propaganda aims.

Since the Belarus flying circus (aka ICAF) has been wiped out, there is no need for jets.
Transport a/c are on ABJ airport itself and helicopters are (probably) both there and in the French army base (marines) between the airport and the city.

User currently offlineContact_tower From Norway, joined Sep 2001, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3652 times:

Well, 1500nm is not impossible with tanker support  Smile

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