France killed an ex-Polisario, leader of the jihadists in the Sahara, who threatened Morocco

Adnan Abou Walid Al-Sahraoui. DR Known for having been active within the Polisario in the 1980s, before joining the Movement for Uniqueness and Jihad in West Africa of Al Qaida, subsequently merging and giving Al-Mourabitoun, group of ‘Al Qaida, Al-Sahraoui had subsequently pledged allegiance to Daesh in 2015. he has just been eliminated by French special forces. Back on his career The head of the jihadist group Islamic State in the Great Sahara (EIGS), Adnan Abou Walid Al-Sahraoui, was killed by French forces, Emmanuel Macron announced on Twitter on the night of Wednesday 15 to Thursday 16 September. Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the terrorist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara was neutralized by French forces. This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel. – Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) September 15, 2021 Known to have been active in the Polisario in the 80s, before joining the Movement for Uniqueness and Jihad in West Africa of Al Qaida, merging by following and giving Al-Mourabitoun, Al Qaida group, Al Sahraoui had subsequently pledged allegiance to Daesh in 2015. The US State Department announced in November 2019 a reward offer of up to 5 million dollars for information allowing to identify or locate Adnan Abou Walid Al-Sahraoui. Abu Walid on the American list of global terrorists As a reminder, the EIGS group claimed responsibility for the ambush, in October 2017, of a joint American-Nigerien patrol near the village of Tongo Tongo, in Niger, which led to the death of four American soldiers, recalls American diplomacy in a press release. The State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program then also offered the aforementioned reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction, in any country, of any person who allegedly committed, conspired to commit, aided or abetted the commission of this ambush, adds the same source. The EIGS group had been designated on the State Department’s blacklist as a foreign terrorist organization, and its leader, Abu Walid, was placed on the list of specially designated global terrorists. Former member of the “Sahrawi People’s Liberation Army” under the Polisario, Abou Walid then joined the jihadist group Movement for Uniqueness and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao), of which he was the spokesperson. , during the war in Mali. About two years after the merger of the Mujao and the Signatories of the Blood, of Mokhtar Belmokhtar, to form the Al-Mourabitoun group, Abu Walid announced, in May 2015, that his faction had pledged allegiance to Daesh and renamed it “Islamic State in the Great Sahara ”. He had since maintained conflicting relations with his godfathers … The personality of Abu Walid caused a stir after he announced his allegiance to the caliphate of Aboubakr al-Baghdadi as the new emir of the Al-Mourabitoun group, a status which However, it was immediately challenged by the veteran Algerian jihadist Belmokhtar. For the latter, no such decision had been taken by the Shura council of the Al-Mourabitoun group affiliated with Ayman al-Zawahiri, head of Al Qaida since the death of Osama bin Laden. Read also: Who is Abu Walid as-Sahraoui who threatens to terrorize Morocco? Al Jazeera had announced in May 2016 to have an audio recording of the one who proclaims himself “emir of the organization of the Islamic State in the great Sahara”, who said at the time called al-Ansari. He then called to strike several sensitive sites in Morocco including tourist places. The specialized media then gave him the surname of Adnane Abou Walid Al-Sahraoui, which was also threatening at that time, according to the Qatari television channel, to attack the centers where the personnel of Minurso are deployed in the Sahara. Feats of arms perpetrated in Algeria Abou Walid’s allegiance to Daesh had signed the end of the alliance sealed in August 2013 between the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao) – including Abou Walid was one of the founders – and the group of Moulathamines (“those who sign with their blood, or The Signatories of Blood”) of Belmokhtar. We must go back to October 2011, date of the first public appearance of Abu Walid as spokesperson for the Mujao announcing the kidnapping of Westerners in the Rabouni camp in the Tindouf sector controlled by the Polisario Front. In 2012, he reappears to demand a ransom of 30 million euros against their release. It was again he who the same year reported the assassination of Algerian consul Taher Touati, kidnapped in Gao in northern Mali. He is also attributed the responsibility of the attacks carried out against Tamanrasset in the heart of Algerian territory in March 2012. In 2013, he spoke again about him by presenting himself as emir of the Mujao Advisory Council to deny the rumors distilled by the Algerian army evoking his dead on the borders of Mali. Since that time, he had disappeared from radar until his rallying to Daesh in 2015, which he justified by the necessary union between Muslims of all stripes. Former activist of the separatist youth of the Polisario The course of Abu Walid Al-Sahraoui is atypical to say the least. Born in Laâyoune within the Rguibat tribe, one of the main ethnic groups of the Sahara, he joined the refugee camps of the Polisario separatists in Algeria in the early 1990s. According to corroborating sources, his real name is Lahbib Abdi Said who was a member of the Youth Union of the Saguia el-Hamra and Ouad Ed-Dahab Liberation Front. Enlisted by the irredentists who challenge Morocco’s sovereignty over the territory of Western Sahara, he continued his studies at the University of Constantine in Algeria where he obtained a license in sociology. First acquired in the theses and the essentially Marxist doctrine of the Polisario, we do not know more about its process of religious radicalization. Conflict of leaders with Belmokhtar Self-proclaimed Vassal of Al-Baghdadi, who never officially consented to his rallying, Abu Walid, whose number of supporters and the extent of his forces are unknown, had until ‘then claimed no operation on behalf of Daesh. The option he took with the ISIS organization follows a series of conflicting tensions with Belmokhtar prior to 2015, which ultimately caused the dislocation of the Al-Mourabitoune group. Abou Walid Al-Sahraoui had among other demands, refused before accepting, somewhat forced, to pledge allegiance to Aboubakr Al-Masri, right-hand man of Belmokhtar designated as emir of Al-Mourabitoune. The decision taken by Belmokhtar to dissolve this group undermined by internal wars and its integration into the branch of Al Qaida in the Maghreb (AQIM) prompted Abu Walid to secede and seek Daesh as the new suzerain. But Al-Baghdadi always turned a deaf ear to him… “This is another major success in the fight we are waging against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” added the French president when he announced his elimination. The EIGS is considered to be the author of most of the attacks in the “three borders” area, straddling Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. This region is the recurring target of two jihadist armed groups: the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS) and the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), affiliated with Al Qaeda. The EIGS committed particularly deadly actions, targeting civilians and soldiers, in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. He also targeted American soldiers in 2017, France recalled. On August 9, 2020, in Niger, the head of the EIGS personally ordered the assassination of six French aid workers and their Nigerien guide and driver. In the same context, the US State Department announced on June 28 the inclusion of Ousmane Illiassou Djibo, known as “Petit Chapori”, in the list of persons considered terrorists by the Treasury Department of United States. Nigerian by nationality, “Petit Chapori” is a leader of the EIGS. It operates within the Ménaka region in Mali. Washington presented him as being a close collaborator and key lieutenant of the leader of the EIGS, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahraoui, Djibo in particular led several attacks and kidnapping operations in Niger and its surroundings, Washington had said, adding that he had taken 6 Nigerien soldiers hostage in May 2019 and then carried out the attack, in July 2019, against the Nigerien armed forces. © ️ Copyright Pulse Media. All rights reserved.Reproduction and dissemination prohibited (photocopies, intranet, web, messaging, newsletters, monitoring tools) without written authorization