France Says It Killed Al-Qaida North Africa Chief With US Help

French military forces killed al-Qaida’s North Africa chief, Abdelmalek Droukdel, during an operation in Mali, officials said Friday. “On June 3, French army forces, with the support of their local partners, killed the emir of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, Abdelmalek Droukdel, and several of his closest collaborators, during an operation in northern Mali,” French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly wrote on Twitter. French forces had been hunting Droukdel, a key Islamist fighter, for more than seven years, officials said. The French-led operation against Droukdel was aided by U.S. forces,…

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Rights Groups Condemn Attack on Aid Workers in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – Rights groups in Cameroon have condemned increased attacks on aid workers and hospital staff in the country’s troubled western regions. The groups blame both government troops and anglophone rebels fighting to create an English-speaking state in majority French-speaking Cameroon. Ernestine Maika, a 33-year-old nurse, has just arrived in the French-speaking town of Bafoussam. She says she was rescued by Cameroon military in the English-speaking northwestern town of Ndop after separatist fighters seized a vehicle in which she was transporting medical supplies. Maika says it was the third…

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Cameroon Military Says Missing Journalist Died in Military Hospital

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – There has been massive condemnation in Cameroon after the central African state’s military bowed to pressure from rights groups and journalists Friday and issued a statement that missing Cameroonian journalist Samule Ajiekah Wazizi died in a military hospital 10 months ago. Wazizi was arrested for collaborating with separatists fighting to create an English-speaking state in the majority-French Cameroon and had not been seen in public since. Jude Viban, the Yaoundé-based national president of the Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists says he is scandalized that it was…

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US, France Confirm Death of Key al-Qaida Emir in Africa

The United States says there is no doubt that the long-time leader of a key al-Qaida terror group affiliate in North Africa is dead. Officials with U.S. Africa Command Saturday confirmed the death of Abdelmalek Droukdel, the emir of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), citing an independent assessment of a June 3 operation led by France. “This mission is a collective win,” U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) spokesman Colonel Chris Karns told VOA. “This was a great example of cooperation and partnership to get after a common threat,” he said,…

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