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Islamic State leader in Sahara killed

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – On Thursday, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, announced that his country’s forces killed the leader of the Islamic State in the Sahara, describing his killing as a major success for the French military after more than eight years fighting extremists in the Sahel.

Previous attacks were attributed to the group formed by Adnan Abu al-Walid al-Sahrawi in 2015, most notably the killing of French aid workers in 2020.

The Sahel area, in which the French forces are fighting the group, is three million km², and is distributed over the territories of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso.

Florence Parly, Minister of the French Armed Forces, revealed that al-Sahrawi was killed during Barkhane operation, which was launched by the French forces in mid-August.  

The fighting was ongoing after the blow to the terrorist group, Parly added.  

the Islamic State group is active along the border between Mali and Niger.

A UN peacekeeping mission and a counter-terrorism mission led by the French Operation Barkhane forces backed by the US, are stationed in the Sahel.

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