Exclusive: French special ops commander on adapting to terror threat in the Sahel

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Major General Éric Vidaud, the commander of French special forces, granted an exclusive interview to FRANCE 24 in Africa’s Sahel region. It’s the first time he has spoken to the media since taking office. Major General Vidaud shared his insights on the elimination of Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), exactly one year ago by French special forces in Mali. Today, he has another terrorist in his sights: Iyad Ag Ghali, the head of al Qaeda’s official branch in Mali.

Asked about adapting to the threat of terrorist groups, which are increasingly gaining access to weapons, Major General Vidaud said: “It’s a never-ending race. We are always seeking to innovate, to adapt, to modernise… We are always seeking something new, so that we will always be a step ahead; so that we can always take them by surprise.”

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