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France announces the death of the al-Qaida leader in the Islamic Maghreb in an operation in northern Mali

June 5, 2020

The French government announced on Friday the death of Al Qaeda leader in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI), Abdelmalek Drukdel, in an operation carried out in northern Mali on Wednesday, in which “many” of your closest associates were killed.

French Defense Minister Florence Parly has detailed that “the French armed forces, with the support of their partners, neutralized the AQMI Emir in the operation” before recalling that Drukdel “is a member of the Al Qaeda Steering Committee and commander of the ‘ Qaidista groups in North Africa and the Sahel Strip. “

AQMI is an integral part of the support group of the Jihadist Coalition for Islam and Muslims, along with the Ansar Dine, Macina Front and Al Murabitún groups led by the well-known Algerian jihadist Mojtar Belmojtar.

France announces the death of the al-Qaida leader in the Islamic Maghreb in an operation in northern MaliFrance announces the death of the al-Qaida leader in the Islamic Maghreb in an operation in northern Mali

In this sense, Parly has stated that “JNIM is one of the main terrorist groups operating in the Sahel”, adding that “operations against the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), the other major terrorist threat in the region, are also continue. “