ISIS chief in Sahara killed by French forces, Macron says

French forces have killed Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS), French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Twitter early Thursday.

French minister for the armed forces, Florence Parly, tweeted Thursday that military and intelligence agents had contributed to along-term huntfor the ISIS-GS leader, which she described as adecisive blowfor the group.
This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” President Macron tweeted.
    ISIS-GS was established in 2015 after al Sahraoui, broke from the al Qaeda associated al-Murabitun groupanother splinter group based in Africa.
      Nel 2017, al Sahraoui claimed responsibility for the ambush of United States forces in Niger that killed four American soldiers.
        The US State Department designated ISIS-GS as a Foreign Terrorist Organization nel 2018, and announced in 2019 un $ 5 million reward for information leading to the capture of al Sahraoui.
        He was responsible forcowardly and particularly deadlyattacks targeting civilians and security forces in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, according to a statement from a French presidential spokesperson. in agosto 2020, al Sahraouipersonally orderedthe killing of six French humanitarian workers and their driver and guide, la dichiarazione ha aggiunto.
          President Macron announced in June 2021 an end to the current French deployment in the Sahel region, Operation Barkhane, with a gradual handover to a multilateral mission. This would entail a “”profonda trasformazione” della presenza militare francese nel Sahel, President Macron said on June 10.
          According to the French Ministry of Defense, as of September, France has 5,100 troops deployed across five countries in the Sahel region: Chad, Mali, Niger, Mauritania e Burkina Faso.
            The incoming international effort will be spearheaded by the Takuba Task Force, a European military task force led by France which advises, assiste e accompagna le forze armate maliane nel Sahel, according to the French president. The French army will constitute the “spina dorsale” di quella forza, completato da forze speciali dei paesi europei e partner della regione.
            Questa è una storia in evoluzione, e c'è dell'altro.

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