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Top Al-Qaeda Operative Neutralized By French Troops - Florence Parly

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A senior official of al-Qaeda's North Africa wing Bah ag Moussa, has been killed by French forces during an operation in northeastern Mali on Friday.

Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly disclosed the above in a tweet: "I congratulate our soldiers for this success which deprives Iyad Ag Ghaly of one of his main assistants. Their commitment, their courage and their selflessness make us strong and proud."

 

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The former Malian army colonel, also known as Bamoussa Diarra, was a right-hand man of Iyad Ag Ghali, the leader of Mali's most prominent jihadi group, Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), which has repeatedly attacked soldiers and civilians in Mali and neighbouring Burkina Faso.

"This is a major success in the fight against terrorism," Parly added.

Former colonial power France has more than 5,100 personnel spread across the region with a large portion in Mali operating against rising militancy.

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