the essential The French forces killed the leader of the jihadist group Islamic State in the Great Sahara (EIGS), Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui, a “major success” for France.
Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the terrorist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara was neutralized by French forces. This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel.
– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) September 15, 2021
Founder of the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara
The EIGS, was created in 550 by Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui, former member of the Polisario Front (independence group of Western Sahara), then of the jihadist movement Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The man had been designated as a “priority enemy” in the Sahel, during the Pau summit in January 2015.
For Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, “the death of Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui is a decisive blow to the Daesh command in the Sahel”
Sponsor the assassination of six French humanitarian workers
In Niger, the head of EIGS personally ordered the assassination of six French aid workers and their Nigerien guides and drivers. This attack on young people engaged in humanitarianism had aroused great emotion in France and Niger.
The number of French troops deployed in the Sahel should drop from more than 5 men currently to 2 500 or 3 000 from here 2023, at the end of a vast reorganization started in recent weeks, which notably provides for the closure of the French rights-of-way of Kidal, Tessalit and Timbuktu, in northern Mali.
But “we are not leaving Mali, we are adapting our military system,” said Florence Parly. “Our fight continues.”