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“He was at the origin of massacres and terror.”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on targeting the leader of ISIS in the Greater Sahara.

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sep 16, 2021

  • France announced the terrorist's death this week - though the operation happened weeks ago (the announcement came after confirmation of identity).
  • France says Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi ordered the murder of French aid workers and attacked/killed American service members in Niger.
  • Whether the death of the ISIS leader will have an impact on the ability of the group remains TBD.
  • Context: France announced it will be soon be reducing its military presence in Africa.

Why It Matters: The terror threat continues to grow in Africa. ISIS is just one of many groups that have surfaced and gained strength in recent years.

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