Head of IS in Greater Sahara killed by French forces as France scales back operations in West Africa
France killed the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara because the group attacked French aid workers, African civilians and U.S. troops, French officials said Thursday, calling him “enemy No. 1” in protracted anti-terrorism efforts in the Sahel. France, the region's former colonial power, recently announced that it would be reducing its military presence in the region, with plans to withdraw 2,000 troops by early next year. FRANCE 24's International Affairs Commentator Douglas Herbert tells us more.