In Africa’s Sahel region, Major General Éric Vidaud, the leader of French special forces, conducted an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24. In his first interview with the press since entering office, Major General Vidaud discussed how French special forces in Mali eliminated Abdelmalek Droukdel, the commander of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), precisely one year ago. He’s after another extremist presently: Iyad Ag Ghali, the head of al Qaeda’s recognized Mali branch. Terrorist groups, he claims, are in a never-ending quest for power.
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