US News Mali. Al-Qaida claims responsibility for the attack that killed a French soldier

03:06  31 july  2020
03:06  31 july  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The Support Group for Islam and Muslims, linked to Al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack on a French military camp near the town of Gossi on July 23, resulting in the death of a French soldier.

The Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), the main jihadist alliance in the Sahel, linked to Al-Qaida , claimed the suicide attack which claimed the life of a French soldier in the north of Mali , July 23.

The GSIM explained that it had targeted a French military camp located near the town of Gossi, in a press release authenticated by the American group Site, specializing in the surveillance of jihadist organizations .

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Islamist fighters detonated two vehicles near the base access gates, allowing a third to enter and detonate, the statement said.

Multiplication of offensives

The GSIM is led by Iyad Ag Ghaly, a member of the Tuareg tribe of Ifoghas, originally from Kidal (northern Mali), essential for several decades on the Sahelian chessboard, first at the head of a Tuareg rebellion in the 1990s, then as leader of armed Islamist groups. He is now the representative in the Sahel of the supreme leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman Zawahiri.

The French army announced last week the death of a parachutist, which occurred when "his armored vehicle jumped in contact with a suicide vehicle loaded with explosives" , during a reconnaissance mission.

The French anti-jihadist operation in the Sahel, Barkhane, has around 5,100 soldiers. In recent months, the French army and those of the G5 Sahel countries have stepped up their offensives in the region, in particular in the area known as “three borders” between Mali , Niger and Burkina Faso .

Paris claimed the “neutralization” of several dozen jihadists in total, including in June the emir of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqmi), the Algerian Abdelmalek Droukdal, a figure of jihadism in the region for 20 years.

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