French President Emmanuel Macron praised the efforts of French service members after they claimed to have shot and killedAdnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi in a single day. 

The operation contained in the Greater Sahara ended with the death of a person that French officers referred to as “enemy No. 1.” Al-Sahrawi allegedly was the actual particular person who ordered the ambush assault contained in the Tong Tongo area that killed 4 U.S. service members in 2017, as appropriately as utterly totally different assaults that led to the deaths of French nationals and of an entire lot of African civilians.  

Macron launched al-Sahrawi’s death and applauded the French effort, noting the impression al-Sahrawi’s death can have on future terrorist and extremist prepare contained in the area. 

A combination photo of U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson (L to R), U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Bryan Black, U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Dustin Wright and U.S. Special Forces Sgt. La David Johnson killed in Niger, West Africa on October 4, 2017, in these handout photos released October 18, 2017.

A mixture {{photograph}} of U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson (L to R), U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Bryan Black, U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Dustin Wright and U.S. Special Forces Sgt. La David Johnson killed in Niger, West Africa on October 4, 2017, in these handout pictures launched October 18, 2017.
(Courtesy U.S. Army Special Operations Command/Handout by technique of REUTERS)

“Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the terrorist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara was neutralized by French forces,” Macron tweeted. “This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel.”

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“The Nation is thinking this evening of all its heroes who died for France in the Sahel in the Serval and Barkhane operations, of the bereaved families, of all of its wounded,” his assertion continued. “Their sacrifice is not in vain. With our African, European and American partners, we will continue this fight.”

A combination photo of U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson (L to R), U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Bryan Black, U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Dustin Wright and U.S. Special Forces Sgt. La David Johnson killed in Niger, West Africa on October 4, 2017, in these handout photos released October 18, 2017.

A mixture {{photograph}} of U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson (L to R), U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Bryan Black, U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Dustin Wright and U.S. Special Forces Sgt. La David Johnson killed in Niger, West Africa on October 4, 2017, in these handout pictures launched October 18, 2017.
(Courtesy U.S. Army Special Operations Command/Handout by technique of REUTERS)

The French authorities didn’t disclose how they acknowledged al-Sahrawi, saying solely that the operation had been executed weeks before now nonetheless that officers held off asserting its success till al-Sahrawi’s identification may very well be confirmed. 

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“This reinforces our determination to fight terrorism with our partners in the Sahel, with our American and European partners,” French Defense Minister Florence Parly instructed reporters in Paris. “We will not leave the Sahel.”

Military Chief of Staff Thierry Burkhard acknowledged that Al-Sahrawi was on a bike with one utterly totally different particular explicit particular person when a drone strike hit him close to the Niger Border on Aug. 17. 

Rumors of the militant chief’s death had circulated for weeks in Mali, although authorities contained in the area had not confirmed it.

The White House, Pentagon and State Department didn’t return a Fox News request for remark. 

France’s head of overseas intelligence, Bernard Emie, estimated {{that a}} amount of hundred jihadist fighters hold inside the world.

The Associated Press contributed to this report