IS Leader Killed in Africa’s Sahel Region

09/17/2021 West Africa (International Christian Concern) – According to Reuters, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the head of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), was killed by French military forces on Thursday via drone strike.

“The death of Sahrawi is a decisive blow to ISGS and its cohesion,” French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly told reporters. “We have no information on a successor at this stage, but it probably won’t be easy to find a leader who has the same weighting than the one who was killed.”

Currently there are many IS affiliates all around Africa, including in Nigeria, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Mozambique. Each affiliate presents a unique danger to the society where it operates, though none of them is as large or as deadly as IS’s affiliates in the Sahel.

The ISGS, based in Mali, pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 2015 and since then has spread throughout the Sahil region, including the tri-border region between Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, the site of frequent attacks by jihadist groups.

“The death of Sahrawi will likely disrupt ISGS operations in the short-term,” said Alexandre Raymakers, senior Africa analyst at risk intelligence company Verisk Maplecroft. “But it is unlikely to permanently cripple the extremist group.”

Please continue to pray for the end of Islamic extremism. Pray for those who engage in horrendous crimes against humanity, that they will experience the love of Jesus and be guided from darkness to light. Please also pray for the Lord to protect and strengthen the persecuted church, and to provide healing to all of those affected by violence.

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