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France Says It Has Killed Islamic State Leader Responsible for Deaths of U.S. Soldiers

France said it had killed Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the Islamic State leader responsible for the killing of four U.S. servicemen in Niger in 2017

9/16/2021 7:30:00 PM

France said it had killed Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the Islamic State leader responsible for the killing of four U.S. servicemen in Niger in 2017

Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi led an operation that killed four U.S. servicemen in Niger in 2017 and was the architect of one of the terrorist outfit’s most successful franchises.

.The Islamic State franchise in Sahel “had very tight ties with their mother ship in the Middle East” for propaganda, military training and bombmaking, said Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum in a recent interview.On the ground, al-Sahrawi rose to prominence by using gruesome violence to carve out a space in a booming criminal economy trading in an array of contraband, from stolen cattle and illicit fuel to narcotics, migrants and wildcatted gold. Mr. Bazoum stressed that the group was as much mercenary as ideological: “They are just young shepherds who found a way to be better off,” he said.

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The Tongo Tongo killings put a $5 million U.S. government bounty on al-Sahrawi’s head, making him one of the most wanted men in Africa. In his six years as leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, or ISGS, the group emerged as a rival to more entrenched al Qaeda affiliates in the region. Al-Sahrawi built the group’s political and financial power, using funds to buy weapons, win the loyalty of local tribesmen and pay fighters and administrators’ wages in the areas it controls.

Under al-Sahrawi, Islamic State fighters launched a string of massacres on local populations in the so-called tri-state border region joining Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. In June, suspected ISGS fighters, many of them child soldiers,killed 130 Burkinabe civilians headtopics.com

—the worst terrorist atrocity in the history of a country that has been plunged into extremist violence in recent years—prompting calls to intensify international counterterrorism efforts across West Africa.Hunted by several Western governments, al-Sahrawi remained elusive by constantly moving across a huge geography. At a secret meeting with Mr. Jibril, the Islamic State defector, the jihadist leader arrived on a Honda motorbike, surrounded by just three escorts, and stood under a hastily erected patch of rainproof tarpaulin. “I am the head of the Islamic State in Mali and all the way to Niger,” he announced. “I am the one calling the shots with the

katibas[Islamic State battalions].” A counterterrorism official from the Sahel who tracked him said he never used a mobile phone, relying on a tight cadre of mostly fellow Western Saharans to communicate with the outside world.Al-Sahrawi also had grand plans to expand. Having hired Mr. Jibril to purchase Nigerian refined products and rustled Malian cattle, he offered him the opportunity to set up branches in Ghana or Benin—two countries on Africa’s Atlantic coastline where his Saharan group hadn’t so far gained a foothold.

But the jihadist leader was increasingly targeted by France after personally ordering the killing of six French charity workers and their Nigerian driver, said French Defense Minister Florence Parly.By mid-August, two arrested jihadist operatives provided locations where al-Sahrawi frequently hid, said the French Defense Ministry. On Aug. 17, a French-operated Reaper drone, using a new kind of laser-guided bomb, killed two motorbike riders in a dense forest in Mali’s portion of the tri-state borderlands, said Gen. Thierry Burkhard, France’s army chief of staff. One of them was later found to be al-Sahrawi, the French general said.

With al-Sahrawi dead, French officials say they are now “aggressively” trying to neutralize Iyad Ag Ghaly, a local al Qaeda leader, whose Group to Support Islam and Muslims was behind a 2018attack on the French Embassyin Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. “Clearly today it’s Iyad Ag Ghaly who is the number one priority,” Éric Vidaud, France’s top special-forces commander, said in June. “He’s the person we must absolutely capture, or neutralize if that’s not possible, in the coming months.” headtopics.com

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For Mr. Jibril, the roots that led to his recruitment—a lack of economic development and government presence in rural Sahel—remained unchanged. “If my area had been economically better off…I would have refused their offer,” he said.Corrections & Amplifications

Two arrested jihadist operatives disclosed possible locations of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi by mid-August, according to the French Defense Ministry. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said they provided this information by mid-July. Read more: The Wall Street Journal »

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France calls killing of ISIS leader big victoryFrance says it has killed Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the leader of the Islamic State group in the Greater Sahara.