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West Africa Islamic State leader killed

French military forces did the operation by drone strike in a ‘decisive blow’ against the group
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Reuters   |   Paris   |   Published 17.09.21, 02:18 AM

French military forces have killed the leader of a West African affiliate of Islamic State by drone strike in a “decisive blow” against the group, and vowed to continue hunting down jihadist leaders to restore stability in the Sahel.

Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi was the head of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), a jihadist group that broke away from other militants in Mali in 2015 when it pledged allegiance to the IS.

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Since then, ISGS militants have spread into neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger, carried out hundreds of deadly attacks on civilians and armed forces, and rendered large areas of West Africa’s  Sahel region ungovernable.



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