The ISGS is blamed for most jihadist attacks in the Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso regions.
This troubled “three-frontier” area is often the target of the ISGS and the al Qaeda-linked Movement in Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM).
“This is another great success of our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” he said E. Macronas.
In 2017, the ISGS staged a bloody attack against JAV soldiers. On August 9, 2020, in Niger, the head of the ISGS personally ordered the killing of six French aid workers and their guides and drivers, Nigerians.
The French military has already killed several high-ranking members of the ISGS.
In June, after more than eight years of military presence in the Sahel, Mr Macron announced the downsizing of French anti-jihadist forces in the region at Barkhane. He indicated that more attention would be paid to supporting local forces.
“Tonight, the country is thinking of all its heroes who died in France in the Sahel during the Serval and Barkhane operations, of grieving families, of all their wounded,” Macron said. – Their sacrifice was not meaningless. We will continue this fight with our partners in Africa, Europe and America. “
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