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US News Who was Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahraoui, the leader of the EIFs shot dead by the French forces?

16:40  16 september  2021
16:40  16 september  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Death of Al-Sahraoui: the city of Gao still marked by the imprint of the head terrorist

 Death of Al-Sahraoui: the city of Gao still marked by the imprint of the head terrorist © Reuters / Adama Diarra "In 2013, Gao was completely in the dark," said this inhabitant (image of illustration) . The disappearance of Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahraoui thus ends at a long reign of the jihadist within the Sahel. Founding member of the Mujao, close to the Aqmi executives, Al-Sahraoui also marked the inhabitants of Gao, which he led with his men during the Jihadist occupation of Northern Mali in 2012.

Un hélicoptère de l’armée française entre Gao et Bourem, au Mali, en 2013. © Pascal Guyot / AFP A helicopter of the French army between Gao and Bourem, in Mali, in 2013.

Priority target of forces engaged in the war against terrorism in Sahel, Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahraoui directed a movement who did not spare civilians.

The head of the group Djihadist Islamic State in the Great Sahara (Eigs), Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahraoui, was shot down by the French army, announced Emmanuel Macron in the night of Wednesday 15th to Thursday, September 16th. While the war against terrorism in the Sahel is debated in French opinion, the President of the Republic qualified this event of " N major success ". This could allow France to justify its intervention, particularly through the Operation Barkhane , at the time the United States retreat from Afghanistan.

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Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahraoui, born in Western Sahara, had quickly become a jihadist emir.

A Sahraoui originally

Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahraoui, Lahbib Abdi Said of his real name, was born in the 1970s in Western Sahara. Member of the reguibat tribe, according to a portrait drawn up in

the world , he first integrated the Polisario Front, an independent group created in 1973 in opposition to the Spanish occupation. Then, he joined the Islamist armed movement during the Algerian civil war in the 1990s. By 2010, he participated in the Foundation of the Movement for Uniqueness and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao) near . Al-Qaeda .

It is present when taking Gao (Mali) by jihadist movements in March 2012. An event that is worth it to regional chief. He then joins another group, Al-Mourabitoune, always affiliated with al-Qaeda and takes command after the death of Ahmed Al-Tilemsi in 2014.

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A killer of civilians

his rally in 2015 to the Islamist state and His autopromotion for emir creates tensions in the movement, especially with

Mokhtar Belmokhtar. In response, Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahraoui created in 2015, the Islamic State in the Grand Sahara (Eigs), with which it reigns terror in the region of the three borders . This zone on the borders of Mali, Niger and Burkina-Faso is the epicenter of the fight tale djihadism in the Sahel. EIFS is active and bloodthirsty. Unlike the support group to Islam and Muslims, linked to Al Qaeda, the new movement also targets civilians. He would be responsible for the death of 2,000 to 3,000 civilians according to the Minister of Armies Florence Parly.

In 2016, he assailed Koutoukale prison in Niger. In October 2017, still in Niger, he conducted an attack in which four American soldiers and four Nigerians are killed. On August 9, 2020, the EIF claims death, still in Niger, seven employees of a French humanitarian organization. And in May 2021, he impriminally applies the Shariah by amputating thieves to Mali.

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A "priority enemy"

The EIFS has been designated by France and its partners. As priority enemies in January 2020 at the Pau summit. The heads of state members of the G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad) and the President of the Republic then reaffirmed their common commitment but called for a broader coalition. They wanted to see the European group of Takuba special forces, ride in power to accompany the French Operation Barkhane. The actors of the summit decided to rank priority target the EIFS and

"priority enemy" Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahraoui, his founder in 2015.

The death of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahraoui is

"the point of Organ of a long series of neutralizations and captures that disorganizes, which divides the high command " of the EIFS, said Florence Parly to AFP, reminding that the French forces had already killed the numbers two and three of The organization since the beginning of the year.

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