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.
      在 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 在 2018, and announced in 2019 一个 $ 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. 在八月 2020, al Sahraouipersonally orderedthe killing of six French humanitarian workers and their driver and guide, 声明添加.
          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 “”profound transformationof the French military presence in the 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 and Burkina Faso.
            The incoming international effort will be spearheaded by the Takuba Task Force, a European military task force led by France which advises, assists and accompanies Malian Armed Forces in the Sahel, according to the French president. The French army will constitute thebackboneof that force, completed by special forces from European and partner countries in the region.
            这是一个发展中的故事, more to come.

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