Christophe Petit Tesson / Pool via AP, FileIn this May 19, 2017, file photo, a French soldier stands inside a military helicopter during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to troops in Mali. (Christophe Petit Tesson / Pool via AP, File)
French ground forces and military helicopters killed a jihadist commander linked with al-Qaida in Mali along with four others, the French military said Friday.
The operation on Tuesday targeted Bah ag Moussa, military chief for the RVIM Islamic extremist group, who had been on a U.N. sanctions list and was believed responsible for multiple attacks on Malian and international forces in the country, French military spokesman Col. Frederic Barbry said.
Surveillance drones helped French forces in Mali identify Moussa’s truck in the Menaka region of eastern Mali, which was then targeted by the helicopters and 15 French commandos sent to the scene.
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