Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS), was assassinated in the mission. Al Sahraoui claimed duty for an ambush of US forces in Niger in 2017, which killed 4 American troopers.
In a press convention, Florence Parly, France’s armed forces minister, confirmed al Sahraoui died on Thursday.
He was concerned in a strike on a bike carrying two individuals through the air and floor operation in Mali.
The operation occurred between August 17 and 22, 2021.
The minister known as it a “decisive blow” after a “long-term hunt” for the ISIS-GS leader.
Ms Parley additionally mentioned: “The death of Sahrawi is a decisive blow to ISGS and its cohesion.”
French President Emmanuel Macron ahiled the information of al Sahraoui’s dying.
He posted on Twitter: “This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel.”
Mr Macron additionally thanked the “heroes who died for France” in the submit.
He additionally remembered households bereaved by ISIS-GS, insisting that “their sacrifice is not in vain”.
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ISIS-GS is believed to be liable for the deaths of two,000-3,000 individuals, principally Muslims, based on France.
France additionally believes ISIS-GS nonetheless has lots of of fighters, though Ms Parly mentioned its management was now much less worldwide and extra from the native Fulani tribe.
Ms Parly additionally added: “We have no information on a successor at this stage, but it probably won’t be easy to find a leader who has the same weighting than the one who was killed.”
The US provided reward of $5million (£3.6million) for info on al Sahraoui after the dying of 4 US troops in Niger in 2017.
Bernard Emie, head of France’s exterior intelligence service, advised reporters there would now be elevated deal with neutralising Iyad Ag Ghaly, the top of al-Qaeda’s north African wing.
The group has carried out sporadic operations across the Ivory Coast and Senegalese border areas.
Alexandre Raymakers, senior Africa analyst in danger intelligence company Verisk Maplecroft ,additionally mentioned: “The death of Sahrawi will likely disrupt ISGS operations in the short-term.
“But it is unlikely to permanently cripple the extremist group.”
al Sahraoui was the top of ISIS-GS, a jihadist group that broke away from different militants in Mali in 2015 when it pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
Since then, ISGS militants have unfold into neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.
The militants carried out lots of of lethal assaults on civilians and armed forces, and rendered massive areas of West Africa’s arid Sahel area ungovernable.