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France Says Its Troops Killed a Leading Terrorist in the Sahel

France Says Its Troops Killed a Leading Terrorist in the Sahel
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By Staff, Agencies

French troops killed one of the Sahel region’s leading terrorist on Oct. 9, France’s defense minister said on Tuesday.

Moroccan Ali Maychou of the so-called Group to Support Islam and Muslims [GSIM] was "the second most-wanted terrorist in the Sahel, including by the Americans", Florence Parly said aboard a government plane as she returned from an official visit to the West African region.

The terrorist group claimed responsibility for the biggest attacks in the Sahel since its official launch in 2017.

Comprising several terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb [AQIM], the GSIM alliance is led by a Tuareg Malian, Iyad Ag Ghaly, a 29-year veteran of regional insurgencies.

Ali Maychou was killed during the night of October 8 in Mali with the help of Malian troops and US support, Parly added.

He had joined AQIM in 2012 before co-founding GSIM with Iyad Ag Ghaly and masterminding its expansion in the Sahel.

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