Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui was killed by a strike in Barkhane a few weeks ago, according to the French president. The announcement was soberly posted on Emmanuel Macron’s Twitter account shortly before 1am on Thursday, November 16, 2021. Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahraoui and the Islamic State of the Great Sahara Group (EIGS) had been named the number one enemy during the G5 Sahel summit in Pau in January 2020. .
Since July last year, the string has tightened leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS) group, Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui, entrusts a French security source. By this time, two other cadres in the movement had already been killed and documents seized. It is almost in the same area that Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui was shot dead at the end of August. He had apparently just left the surroundings of the Malian town of Ménaka for the border with Niger.
According to a source close to the Elysee, it was an air strike, without ground reinforcement that neutralized him. “A bundle of information indicated the presence of a senior executive, this source continues, but we were not sure it was Abu Walid.” Hence the delay between the death of the terrorist and the official announcement. Confirming his identity took weeks. The operation carried out by French soldiers, according to our information, also made it possible to neutralize several other fighters from the Islamic State organization.
What impact on EIGS His death is a blow to his troops operating in the area known as the three borders – Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger. A hard blow that nevertheless does not mean the end of jihadist operations. ISIS fighters are increasingly being trained to work in small, independent groups. And unlike the other jihadist group led by Iyad Ag Ghali, the Islamic and Muslim Support Group (GSIM), which makes Mali its base, the Islamic State extends its tentacles to Niger and neighboring Burkina Faso to no longer be dependent. . much in Mali, where many foreign forces are concentrated.
Operation Solstice in June last year had already neutralized several executives, such as Rhissa al-Sahraoui or Ikarey. But attacks continue in the three border areas and especially in Nigeria Tillabéri. The last one took place this weekend, even when the President of Nigeria visited this region.
Who was Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui was born in the 1970s. We find him in the 1990s in Algeria as a student and activist for the independence movement, Polisario.
RFI had met him in 2012 near Gao during the occupation of northern Mali by the jihadists. Childish look, walkie-talkie in hand, he did not hide that, unlike other jihadist groups in the north, his ambition was to expand his movement throughout West Africa.
He then quickly established himself as head of the Organization of the Islamic State in Greater Sahara in the three border areas. Its strategy: violence, atrocities and the establishment of jihadist cells, especially in Niger and Burkina Faso, not just because of its Malian bases.
The pet peeve of the West The man of medium height, with a rather thin voice, is known for leading his troops on his own during attacks. This is what he did, for example, in 2017, two years after creating the Islamic State by leading Tongo Tongo’s murderous ambush in Niger against American and Nigerian troops. On August 9, 2020, still in Niger, he personally ordered the murder of six French humanitarian workers.
In Abu Walid’s curriculum, he should also note the kidnapping of several hostages, including Westerners.
At the top of the list of enemies of the Barkhane force, there is now only one name left: Iyad Ag Ghali, head of GSIM, the Support Group for Islam and Muslims.
An announcement coming at a certain time The timing of this announcement from the French authorities is surprising. She comes as the rumor of a contract between Mali and the Russian mercenary company Wagner, circulates. Nothing to see assures Elysee: “This is not the kind of information we make drama with.”