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France AF On "standby" In Ivory Coast  
User currently offlinePlanespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3068 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.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3988769.stm

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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2990 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3027 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 , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2904 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.

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2990 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2788 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, 3316 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2639 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 (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2635 times:

Well, 1500nm is not impossible with tanker support  Smile

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