The astonishing professionalism of ex-rebels

Antoine Glaser speaks to Le Figaro about the battle for Abidjan.

LE FIGARO. – How do you explain that the pro-Ouattara had met no resistance in their descent toward the south?

Antoine GLASER. – The Forces de Défense et de Sécurité, which seemed so far remain loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, have clearly shifted in recent days by seeing their opponents on the offensive. It must be said that the attack on Monday by the pro-Ouattara, after several weeks of quiet preparation, shows a surprising professionalism. Before the starting signal was launched, some countries in the region, such as Burkina Faso and Nigeria, have probably helped to arm and train the former rebels, who have new equipment. It is also likely that French and American military advisers were involved in the design of this operation, which has evidently a very precise running order.


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