15 things about the “Battle for Abidjan”

  1. Who would have thought that yesterday’s rebels would be today’s liberators ?
  2. Laurent Dona Fologo was unsurprisingly one of the first to switch allegiance to Ouattara.
  3. Strategically, the Forces Republicaines de Côte d’Ivoire have completely outweighed Gbagbo’s armies and militias. Attacking Abidjan from various corridors and from pro-Ouattara neighbourhoods defeated Gbagbo’s defense plans for Abidjan in a matter of hours.
  4. The French are being really quiet about their role in the FRCI attack.
  5. Without the RTI and the leader of Youth militias, Gbagbo has been cut of his main resources.
  6. Desertion rates in Forces Armées Nationales de Côte d’Ivoire appear to be very high. Was it planned over the months of the crisis or did they recently consider the opposition too strong for even fighting ?
  7. Blé Goudé, leader of the “Young Patriots”, is reported to have sought refuge at the ONUCI headquarters. I wonder what were the terms for his asylum. (UPDATE: Amadoun Touré, UN spokeperson, denied the UN mission is protecting Blé Goudé).
  8. Freeing the inmates from the MACA jail is very unresponsible. Long-term consequences can be expected from that.
  9. Now all the Abidjan people feel how terrifying Abobo has been in the last months.
  10. What roles are going to play the likes of Commandant Bauer, IB, and other members of the “Commando Invisible” in the next national army ?
  11. What is going to be the relationship between Angola /South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire if they grant asylum to key members of Gbagbo’s administration.
  12. Maintaining security in a big city as Abidjan will be the main issue, with resistance from Young Patriots, MACA prisonners, and most importantly the quantity of weapons circulating in the city.
  13. UN troops hard work will start now: protecting civilians from reprisals and other political and ethnic violence.
  14. Ouattara’s and Soro’s timing for their address to the nation was perfect.
  15. Where is Laurent Gbagbo ?
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One thought on “15 things about the “Battle for Abidjan”

  1. dialuna says:

    J’espere que vos proches sont a l’abri! Comme vous le dites, le vrai travail commence maintenant; il faudra assurer l’ordre et la protection des civils et eviter a tout prix la derive des represailles.

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