The Ivory Coast abandoned general military duty in
connection with the civil war in 2003. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that IC stands for Ivory Coast. The defense, which is
based on volunteerism, includes (2008) 17,500 men with
10,000 men in reserve. It is organized into four battalions,
four older fighter planes and three combat ships.
Semi-military security forces amount to 10,500 men. The
material is semi-modern and of French origin. Defense
spending amounted to 0.8% of GDP in 1996 and is 1.5% (2006)
after the civil war.
In the country, which is in practice divided, there are a
number of armed organizations. Four of them, New Forces,
Front for the Liberation of the Great West (FLGO), Front for
the Security of the Center-West (FSCO) and Group of Patriots
for Peace (GPP/CPP/FLN) with a total of 45,000-50 000
people, is in opposition to the government.
Three organizations, the Patriotic Movement of Ivory
Coast (MPCI), the Ivorian Popular Movement for the Greater
West (MPIGO) and the Movement for Justice and Peace (MJP) of
a total of 25,000 people, have a ceasefire arrangement. A
large organization, Patriots with 150,000 men, supports the
UN peacekeeping forces in the Ivory Coast (United Nations
Operation in Ivory Coast, UNOCI) amount to 39 states with
observers and seven countries with troops (Bangladesh,
France, Ghana, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Senegal).