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  • France announces death of top jihadist leader in Mali

    Published on November 6, 2019

    France has announced the death of a top jihadist leader in Mali as it sought to reassure the West African nation of European support in the fight against militant bloodshed.

    The Defence Minister, Florence Parly said, French troops killed Moroccan Ali Maychou of the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM) in Mali last month.

    Comprising several jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the GSIM has claimed responsibility for the biggest attacks in the Sahel since its official launch in 2017.

    In the latest attack, claimed by Islamic State-allied militants, gunmen on Friday shot dead 49 Malian troops at an army base near the border with Niger. Over the weekend, two more Malian soldiers and a French soldier were killed.

    Efforts to boost the European security presence in the region comes as continuing attacks have raised questions over the ability of the Malian army and its foreign backers to take control of the situation, as well as protests against international forces.