Children play in front of one of the dormitories of the International Christian Academy in Bouake, Ivory Coast.
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast â€” On a mission to protect Americans amid fighting in the Ivory Coast, U.S. troops landed in West Africa on Wednesday.
Among the Americans pinned down by the fighting was 100 schoolchildren in a city that government troops have vowed to wrest away from rebels behind a bloody coup attempt.
The first of what were expected to be four U.S. military planes arrived before dawn at the international airport in the capital of neighboring Ghana, authorities at Accra's Kotoka International Airport said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Nearly 200 American troops, three C-130 cargo planes and one other plane, and equipment were expected to be deployed, operating out of a base in Ghana.