World Mali: Nasser Al-Tergui, Head of GSIM in the Gourma, was neutralized by Barkhane

15:30  21 october  2021
15:30  21 october  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Des hélicoptères de la force Barkhane au Mali. © Michele Cattani AFP / File Helicopters of the Barkhane force in Mali.

The information was given this Thursday, October 21, 2021 by the Chief Staff of the French Army. Nasser Al-Tergui enjoyed a significant reputation in the Support Group for Islam and Muslims, close to Al Qaeda. Its elimination, on Saturday, October 16, 2021, intervenes at the very moment when the regime of Bamako announces having mandated the main Muslim religious institution of Mali so that it negotiates with the terrorist group.

Nasser Al-Tergui was a leading frame of the GSIM, number two of the Katiba of the Gourma Serma and Chief of that of Gourma. Its reputation in the installation of improvised explosive machines was no longer to do.

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Friday October 15, Barkhane marks a vehicle carrying 5 individuals northwest of Gossi . The different sources of information make it possible to identify its presence. The vehicle goes to hombori further south. On Saturday, October 16th two aerial strikes are triggered and a commando group is heliporte on zone for identifications and recovery of materials of interest.

While Bamako formalizes the dialogue with the Jihadists of the GSIM, the elimination of Nasser Al-Tergui rings as a reply from Paris, for whom the opening of such negotiations is a red line. This Thursday, NATO Defense Ministers meet in Brussels: France indicates that within the Alliance, the European countries that have joined the Takouba force are on the same line and that the ally American in recent months strengthened its support for the Barkhane force. It is also thanks to their information, specifies the ministry of the armies that Nasser Al-Tergui has been neutralized.

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