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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:30 PM
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Ivory Coast: U.N. helicopters fire on Gbagbo army camp - witnesses
Source: Reuters

ABIDJAN | Mon Apr 4, 2011 1:39pm EDT

- United Nations helicopters fired four missiles at a pro-Gbagbo military camp in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan on Monday, witnesses said.

"We saw two UNOCI (U.N. mission in Ivory Coast) MI-24 helicopters fire missiles on the Akouedo military camp. There was a massive explosion and we can still see the smoke," one of the witnesses said.

The camp is home to three battalions of the Ivorian army.

Calls to the U.N. forces commander in Ivory Coast went unanswered.

(Reporting by Ange Aboa; Writing Bate Felix; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/04/us-ivorycoast...
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:33 PM
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1. What will happen next? Nt
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Adsos Letter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:43 PM
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2. I wonder why they didn't intervene against the Outarra fighters massacreing the mission at Duekoue?
I don't know how heavily armed they are (apparently they have MI-24's, essentially a flying tank) or what their mandate is but according to witnesses:

"The mission killings began the day after Outarras fighters overwhelmed the town. A thousand UN peacekeeping soldiers, mainly from Pakistan and Vietnam and based in Duekoue, did nothing to stop the killing, according to aid workers."

Link: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/world-news/the-next-...

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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:59 PM
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3. Who's helicopters are those.
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 02:01 PM by Renew Deal
Because I don't think the UN has an army.

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Adsos Letter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:04 PM
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4. Russian manufacture; provided as part of UN force assigned to Ivory Coast, I suppose.
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SpartanDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:38 PM
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5. The UN has it's own eqiupment
the peacekeeprs staff are from various militaries
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:02 PM
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6. Holy shit, the UN actually acted for a change?
Rather than sitting on the sidelines observing atrocities?

Wow!
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