French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that French forces have killed the top leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara. 

Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS), who was wanted by the U.S. for the ambush and killing of four American servicemen in 2017, and had personally ordered the murder of six French aid workers and their Malian drivers in 2020, was killed in a French-led air and ground operation in Mali. 

“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,” Macron wrote. 

“The Nation is thinking this evening of all its heroes who died for France in the Sahel in the Serval and Barkhane operations, of the bereaved families, of all of its wounded. Their sacrifice is not in vain. With our African, European and American partners, we will continue this fight,” Macron added.