French Military Kills Leader of Islamic State in Greater Sahara

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said French forces had killed Adnan Abu Walid Sahrawi, leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS). 

Without providing details of the operation, Macron said in a tweet that the killing of the ISGS leader “was another major success” in their fight against terrorism in the Sahel. 

“The nation is thinking tonight of all its heroes who died for France in the Sahel, in the Serval, and the Barkhane operations, of the bereaved families, of all of its wounded. Their sacrifice is not in vain,” Macron also said.

The ISGS was accused of terrorist attacks in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso. 

Sahrawi claimed responsibility for the deadly attack in Niger in 2017, killing four UN military personnel and four people with Niger’s military. 

In August 2020, Sahrawi personally ordered the killing of six French charity workers and their Nigerian driver, the Guardian reported.

French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly said the killing of Sahrawi was a “decisive blow” against the ISGS. 

“Our fight continues,” Parly added.

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