ISIS leader assassinated in North Africa by French troops after $5m bounty put on his head for killing 4 US soldiers
FRENCH troops have assassinated ISIS’s leader in Africa who had a $5 million bounty on his head for ordering the killing of 4 US soldiers.
The terror mastermind had been hunted for 4 years after the assault in Niger which furthermore killed plenty of charity workers from France.
Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, who was in his late 40s, was “neutralised” 4 years after ordering a infamous ambush in Niger in which 4 US servicemen died and others had been wounded.
French president Emmanuel Macron confirmed al-Sahrawi — who furthermore used the alias Lehbib Ould — was lastly ineffective.
In a tweet early this morning, Macron mentioned: “Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahrawi, leader of the terrorist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara was neutralised by French forces.
“This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel.”
The president was referring to an infinite home of primarily desert land in Africa the place terror teams resembling ISIS and Al-Qaeda carry out.
He added: (*4*)
Macron mentioned: “Their sacrifice is not in vain. With our African, European and American partners, we will continue this fight.”
There was no preliminary data as to what was used to kill al-Sahrawi, or the place or when the assault occurred.
But an Élysée Palace spokesman mentioned the ISIS leader “was definitely dead”.
In August, Macron mentioned he can be pulling quite a few his troops out of the Sahel — which covers pretty a few African worldwide areas together with Niger and Mali.
This adopted anti-terrorist operations codenamed Serval and Barkhane that had been ensuing in mounting French losses.
Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the terrorist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara was neutralised by French forces
French President Emmanuel Macron
But the president mentioned express forces supported by airpower together with armed drones would proceed the hunt for lead terrorists.
In October 2019, The US State Department offered “up to $5million” (£3.5m) for any data ensuing in the seize or killing of Al-Sahraoui.
It adopted an ISIS ambush in Niger in October 2017 which led to the deaths of navy sgt David Johnson, 25, workers sgt Bryan Black, 35, workers sgt Jeremiah Johnson, 39 and Staff Sgt Dustin Wright, 29.
Four Nigerian troops had been furthermore killed in the assault, and two American soldiers and eight Nigerien soldiers had been severely wounded.