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.