Malian special forces soldiers participate in combat reload drills at Loumbila, Burkina Faso, Feb. 16, 2019. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Peter Seidler)

France Kills Senior Islamist Leader in Sahel, Vows to Fight on

French forces killed an al Qaeda leader during an operation in the Sahel region of Africa, France’s armed forces minister said on Friday, vowing to keep a substantial military presence in the region a day after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a draw-down.

Speaking in an impromptu address, Florence Parly said that Baye ag Bakabo, who she said was responsible for the death of two French reporters in Mali in 2013, was killed on June 5. Three other militants were also killed.

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