DIRECT. Sahel: The fight against the Islamic State group in the Great Sahara “continues” after “a decisive blow”, promises Florence Parly

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08:02 : The first political reactions after the announcement of the death of the head of the Islamic State group in the Great Sahara by the French army. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi greets on Twitter “this success of our French armed forces” and pay homage “to your courage and efficiency”.

“This blow hit the Daesh in the Sahelt a remarkable success for our troops in the face of international terrorism! “, welcomes Renaud Muselier, President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Follow our live.

8:20 am : A few more elements after the announcement of the death ofAdnan Abou Walid Al-Sahraoui, the head of the Islamic State group in the Great Sahara. His group, called EIGS, which he created in 2015, had been designated as “priority enemy” in the Sahel, during the summit in Pau in January 2020.

In August 2020, in Niger, it was he who personally ordered the murder of six French aid workers and their guide and driver. This attack on young people engaged in humanitarianism aroused great emotion.

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07:07 : Adnan Abou Walid Al-Sahraoui he was the emir of this jihadist group believed to be responsible for most of the attacks in the so-called “three borders” area, encompassing Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. “This is another great success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel”, tweeted the French president.

The head of EIGS “died as a result of an attack by the Barkhane force”, said the Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly.

French soldiers of the Barkhane force during the war on terror in the Sahel (Africa) in April 2021. (FRED MARIE / HANS LUCAS / AFP)

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07:07 : mmanuel Macron announces that French forces have killed the head of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS) organization.

07:07 : We start with a first point on the news this Thursday, September 16:

Successful takeoff. Four American space tourists embarked on an incredible journey through zero gravity in a SpaceX spacecraft tonight. They must spend three days in orbit around the Earth with no professional astronauts aboard. This is a historic first.

The leader of the jihadist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS), Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui, was killed by French forces, Emmanuel Macron announced on Twitter last night. “This is another great success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel”, writes the French president.

Météo France last night suspended orange surveillance for rain and/or storms for the six departments still on alert. So there are no more departments under surveillance this morning.

• PSG disappoints by entering the Champions League against Bruges (). Tonight is the turn of the Europa League, with Lyon, Monaco and Marseille. We will also be keeping an eye on Rennes, who are entering the competition in the brand new competition, the Europa League Conference.

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