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Unrest in Côte d’Ivoire

 On 4 November the last pretence of peacebuilding in the west African state of Ivory Coast was consumed in a government launched bombing campaign against rebel held towns in the northern part of the country

Two days later the military raised the stakes by striking a French base near Bouake. Nine French peacekeepers and one American civilian were killed. France responded by destroying most of the Ivory Coast’s air force, including two brand new Sukhoi jets. It wasn’t the first time this year that President Laurent Gbagbo (pronounced BAG-bo) has tested the boundaries of national unity. On 25 March Ivoirian security forces and pro-government militias opened fire on a civilia

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