The French military announced Wednesday that they had arrested a “high-ranking member of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara” (EIGS) in Mali. The soldiers claimed in an announcement that Dadi Ould Chouaib, also called Abou Dardar, was captured on June 11 in the sensitive “tri-border” zone between Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso, which has seen repeated attacks by terrorist organizations. He was armed with an automatic pistol, a night vision telescope, a combat vest, a phone, and a radio, but he surrendered peacefully. During a helicopter sweep, he was discovered by forces from France’s Barkhane operation and Nigerien forces as part of a joint effort.
The Crossroads of Special Operations