The French army killed the leader of the Islamic State in the Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi. French President Emmanuel Macron announced that on the night of Wednesday to Thursday. “This is another great success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” Macron wrote on Twitter. Parts of that unstable region, including Mali, are in the hands of militants associated with al-Qaeda and Islamic State.
France, which has stationed military personnel in the area since 2013, is carrying out more frequent attacks on jihadists in the region. In June this year, French soldiers in Mali killed a jihadist who was held responsible for kidnapping and killing two French journalists in 2013, and late last year French troops killed a major terrorist leader who was “a historical figure within the jihadi movement in the Sahel” would be.
The number of French soldiers in the area will be scaled down in the coming time as the French operation will give way to an international one.