Monday, January 24

Macron announces the “neutralization” of the leader of the Islamic State in the Sahel

Macron announces the "neutralization" of the leader of the Islamic State in the Sahel.

Macron announces the “neutralization” of the leader of the Islamic State in the Sahel.

The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced in the early hours of this Thursday that the leader of the terrorist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al Saharaui, it was “neutralized” by French military forces.

“This is another great success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel“wrote the French president on the social network Twitter.

Macron added in his tweet that his country “thinks tonight of all its heroes who died for France in the Sahel in the Serval and Barkhane operations, of the heartbroken families, of all their wounded.. Your sacrifice is not in vain. With our African, European and American partners, we will continue this fight. ”

Since 2014, Barkhane has been the framework in which the 5,100 French soldiers deployed in that immense desert region operate, and it succeeded the Serval operation launched in 2013 by the then president, François Hollande, to prevent the jihadist groups that had become forts in northern Mali, they managed to take the reins of the country.

Macron announced in early June the end of the operation Barkhane, considering that after so long this French presence “cannot replace” the States of the region that “decide not to assume their responsibilities” and fail to guarantee either security or public services in their territory.

Fifty French soldiers have died in that mission, which costs France close to 1,000 million euros per year and it has eroded its image in the region.

By announcing on June 10 the reduction of the French anti-jihadist force In the Sahel, Macron advanced that the fight against terrorism will be carried out with special forces structured around operations Takuba and EUTM Mali, with French participation and a focus on this type of anti-terrorist interventions.

The device Barkhane It also had seven fighters, 20 helicopters, between 5 and 8 strategic transport planes, 280 heavy combat vehicles, another 220 light combat vehicles and 400 logistics vehicles, according to the Ministry of Defense.

In addition to fighting terrorism, the French strategy in the region also aimed to make the countries of the so-called G5 Sahel (Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Níger y Chad) will achieve the ability to guarantee their own security autonomously.

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