France’s President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday that France’s military forces killed Islamic militant Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.
Macron said in a tweet that the operation was a “major success” in the fight against terror groups in the Sahel region, without mentioning where it was conducted.
During a deadly attack in 2017, Sahrawi’s group attacked U.S. soldiers in the Sahel region of West Africa, according to Macron’s office. According to the report, Sahrawi personally ordered the killing of six French charity workers and their Nigerien driver in August 2020.
Macron stated in July that France would begin reshaping its military presence in the Sahel, where it has fought against Islamist militants, and would ultimately halve its numbers.
French operations and political turmoil, particularly in Mali, appeared to have no end in sight for Paris.