Islamic State leader in Africa ‘neutralized’: Emmanuel Macron Sep 17, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaParis Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, has been “neutralized” by French forces, President Emmanuel Macron said early on Thursday.“This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” the French president tweeted, paying tribute to the “heroes who died for France in the Serval and Barkhane operations in the Sahel.” “Their sacrifice is not in vain,” Macron said.France had recently announced that it would realign its military presence in the Sahel, and reduce the number of troops in the region by more than 2,000 in the long term.The former colonial power is mobilising up to 5,100 soldiers in the current counter-terror mission, dubbed Barkhane. A number of armed groups are active in the states of the Sahel - an area that stretches south of the Sahara from the Atlantic to the Red Sea. Some have sworn allegiance to Islamic State or the al-Qaeda terrorist network.In 2019 the United States offered a reward of up to 5 million dollars for information on al-Sahrawi, who according to the State Department first vowed allegiance to Islamic State in May 2015 before Islamic State acknowledged the pledge later that year.The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara - which emerged when al-Sahrawi and his followers split from al-Qaeda splinter group al-Mourabitoun - is designated a foreign terrorist organization under the US Immigration and Nationality Act. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES First shipment of Iranian fuel arrives in crisis-hit Lebanon Sep 17, 2021 0 0 Tiananmen vigil group to remove all online posts Sep 17, 2021 0 0 India announces incentives for auto sector to go green Sep 17, 2021 0 0 Indonesian court finds president guilty in air pollution lawsuit dpa Jakarta An Indonesian court on Thursday ordered President Joko Widodo and other top officials to take measures to improve air quality in the capital Jakarta, ruling in favour of a civil lawsuit filed by activists. The .. Chinese astronauts on way back to Earth dpa Beijing Three Chinese astronauts have started their return journey to Earth from the Tiangong space station, which is under construction. The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft (“magic ship”) carrying taikonauts Nie .. With 3.6% of people vaccinated, Africa faces fourth wave dpa Johannesburg In Africa, only 3.6 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, despite parts of the continent being already in the grip of a fourth infection wave. Countries in the .. Taliban deputy PM goes on TV to deny death rumours dpa Islamabad The Taliban’s acting deputy prime minister, Mullah Baradar Akhund, appeared on state-run TV on Wednesday night to reject speculation he had been wounded or killed by Taliban in-fighting. In the brief .. Over 1,500 children orphaned by COVID in Ho Chi Minh City dpa Hanoi Education officials in Ho Chi Minh City are seeking help from local authorities to look after 1,517 orphans who have lost one or both parents due to Covid-19. The latest wave of Covid-19 in Vietnam’s biggest city ..