France kills IS leader

The French military killed the leader of IS in the Sahel region of West Africa, who was behind the murder of a citizen of this country.

“This is another great success for us in the fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” French President Emmanuel Macron said on September 15, announcing that France had killed Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi. Macron did not disclose the location of the campaign.

Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, IS leader in the Sahel, West Africa.  Photo: The Australian

Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, IS leader in the Sahel, West Africa. Photo: Australian

IS in the Sahel region, West Africa, targeted American soldiers in a deadly attack in Niger in 2017, according to Macron’s office. In August 2020, Sahrawi ordered the murder of six French charity workers and the Nigerian driver who drove them.

In July, Mr. Macron announced that France would soon begin to reshape its forces in the Sahel, which has become the frontline in the fight against Islamist militants, and would withdraw half of its troops.

“Tonight, the whole nation is turning to the heroes who died for France in the Sahel in the Sevrval and Barkhane campaigns, for the bereaved, for the pain of their families,” Macron said on September 15. “That sacrifice will not be in vain. Together with our African, American and European partners, we will continue to fight.”

Hong Hanh (Follow Reuters)

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