The leader of the jihadist group Islamic State in Greater Sahara

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The leader of the Jihadist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS), Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui, was “neutralized” by French forces. French President Emmanuel Macron announced it on the night of Wednesday to Thursday on his Twitter account.

“This is another great success in the fight we are waging against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” Emmanuel Macron tweeted, adding that France is thinking “of grieving families” and of the wounded. “With our African, European and American partners, we will continue this fight.”

Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the Islamic State terrorist group in the Greater Sahara, was neutralized by French forces. This is another great success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel.

– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) September 15, 2021 Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui would have fallen last month between the Malian town of Ménaka and the Nigerian border during a targeted military operation, our Bamako correspondent explains, Serge DanielA French security source specifies that after discovering him, French forces on the ground carried out a military operation at the end of August. But it took a long time to complete the necessary checks and confirm his identity, according to another knowledgeable source.

Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui, originally from Western Sahara, was the former leader of the Mujao (Movement for Uniqueness and Jihad in West Africa) and the historical leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara since its inception. 2015. He was killed along with several other companions who tried to leave northern Mali to neighboring Niger.

Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui was the public enemy in the so-called three border areas – Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger – where his group is still sowing terror. in Niger 2017.

The announcement of his death comes when France announced a change of its presence in the Sahel, more focused on counter-terrorism.

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