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The Ivory Coast takes a defensive stance in the north to prevent the infiltration of jihadists

July 14, 2020

The Ivory Coast government has approved the creation of a military deployment zone in the north of the country to overcome the defensive and prevent jihadist infiltration after the attack on a military base in the region registered last June.

“Given the continuing insecurity on the borders between Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso due to the presence of armed terrorist groups in these neighboring countries and after the attack (…) on June 11th, the Council approved the creation of an operational zone in the north of our country “the executive reported after the Council of Ministers on Monday.

With the creation of this operational area, it will be possible to “transition from the border surveillance phase to a defensive posture with a strong ability to reverse an offensive mission to prevent these armed groups from entering the territory”. explained.

The Ivory Coast takes a defensive stance in the north to prevent the infiltration of jihadistsThe Ivory Coast takes a defensive stance in the north to prevent the infiltration of jihadists

The aim of creating this area is to strengthen the operational capabilities of the troops that are part of Operation “Waterproof Borders”, especially in the North, and to have a single command for military operations that “enables better coordination” of the defense – and security forces in this part of the country.