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French President claims focused killing of ISIS chief in Sahara

Al Sahroui succumbed to his wounds, suffered in a strike on a bike carrying two individuals throughout a French-led air and floor operation in Mali, French minister for the armed forces Florence Parly mentioned at a press convention.

The operation happened between August 17 and 22, 2021, Parly mentioned.

He had earlier tweeted Thursday that navy and intelligence brokers had contributed to a “long-term hunt” for the ISIS-GS chief, which she described as a “decisive blow” for 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 group — one other splinter group based mostly in Africa.

In 2017, al Sahraoui claimed accountability for the ambush of United States forces in Niger that killed 4 American troopers.

The US State Department designated ISIS-GS as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 2018, and introduced in 2019 a $5 million reward for info resulting in the seize of al Sahraoui.

He was chargeable for “cowardly and particularly deadly” assaults focusing on civilians and safety forces in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, in keeping with an announcement from a French presidential spokesperson. In August 2020, al Sahraoui “personally ordered” the killing of six French humanitarian employees and their driver and information, the assertion added.

President Macron introduced in June 2021 an finish to the present French deployment within the Sahel area, Operation Barkhane, with a gradual handover to a multilateral mission. This would entail a “”profound transformation” of the French navy presence within the Sahel, President Macron mentioned on June 10.

According to the French Ministry of Defense, as of September, France has 5,100 troops deployed throughout 5 international locations within the Sahel area: Chad, Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.

The incoming worldwide effort will likely be spearheaded by the Takuba Task Force, a European navy job pressure led by France which advises, assists and accompanies Malian Armed Forces within the Sahel, in keeping with the French president. The French military will represent the “spine” of that pressure, accomplished by particular forces from European and accomplice international locations within the area.

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