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

PARIS - French authorities said they have killed the leader of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, Abdelmalek Droukdel, in Northern Mali. If confirmed, this would represent a major victory in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel region.

Abdelmalek Droukdel and several of his associates are believed to have been killed on June 3 by “French forces with the support of their partners.”

In several tweets, French Defense minister Florence Parly said the operation took...