National Armed Forces of Côte d'Ivoire

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The National Armed Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (French: Forces armées nationales de Côte d'Ivoire; FANCI) is the armed forces of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). It is headed by the chief of staff and commander of the FANCI.



In 1987 Côte d'Ivoire was divided into five military regions, each commanded by a colonel:[1]

  • The army had the majority of its forces in the First Military Region concentrated in and around Abidjan, its principal units there being a rapid intervention battalion (airborne), an infantry battalion, an armored battalion, and an air defense artillery battalion.
  • The Second Military Region was located in Daloa and is assigned one infantry battalion.
  • The Third Military Region was headquartered in Bouaké and is home to an artillery, an infantry, and an engineer battalion (however rebels currently control this city).
  • The Fourth Military Region maintained only a Territorial Defense Company headquartered in Korhogo ( however rebels currently control this city).
  • The fifth region was the Western Operational Zone, a temporary command created to respond to the security threat caused by the civil war in neighboring Liberia.


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