Macron declares that French soldiers have killed an Islamic State leader in Sahara.
PARIS (Reuters): French president Emmanuel Macron said that French military forces have taken down Islamic militant Adnan Abu-Walid al-Sahrawi on Wednesday. He was the leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.
“It’s another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” Macron tweeted but did not reveal the exact location of the operation.
Sahrawi was the past leader for the Islamic State in the Sahel region of West Africa, and his group was a target for U.S. soldiers in a fatal attack in 2017, Macron’s office claimed.
In August 2020, Sahrawi ordered the murder of six French charity workers and the Nigerien driver, the report added.
Macron declared that at the end of July, France would soon begin to restructure its forces in the Sahel region, where it was at the forefront in the battle against Islamist militants.
He also said that it could eventually cut down the size of its military.
In the absence of a clear end sight for France’s operations and political instability, especially within Mali, Paris had grown discontented.
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