Ouattara troops prepare for final push
I've just driven down an eerily empty highway to the outskirts of Abidjan.
I am now surrounded now by about 300 soldiers preparing for battle.
These are forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara.
They are all in combat gear with automatic rifles, RPGs and heavy machine guns mounted on the backs of pick-up trucks.
One pick-up, packed with men, has just raced off towards the front lines a few kilometres down the road.
There are about 50 soldiers resting in the shade, including some wounded, who have just come back from the battle for Abidjan.
One soldier described the fighting as "chaud (hot)".
A lot of troops have just left for what senior military commanders here are telling me is the final push for the city.
A general emerged from a meeting at a makeshift headquarters at a half-built toll station and told me confidently that the city would be in his control in "a matter of hours".
Mr Ouattara's forces have of course been saying this for some days but there is no doubt that this is a new and substantial offensive.