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Macron says French forces killed Islamic State leader in Sahara By Reuters


© Reuters. French President Emmanuel Macron was seen in Fontainebleau, near Paris, France before Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan arrived (not seen). REUTERS/Gon

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that French military forces had killed Islamic militant Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.

Macron tweeted, “It’s yet another great success in our fight to terrorist groups in Sahel” without revealing the exact location.

Sahrawi, the leader of Islamic State’s Sahel Region in West Africa was killed by his group in an attack on U.S. troops in 2017. This attack occurred in 2017, according to Macron’s office. According to the report, Sahrawi was responsible for ordering six French aid workers and their Nigerien driver to be murdered in August 2020.

Macron stated in July that France would begin to restructure its Sahel force, which has long been at the forefront of fighting Islamist militants. It would eventually halve its military presence.

Paris was frustrated by the inability to see an end to France’s military operations, and especially its political chaos in Mali.

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