Exclusive: French Special Ops Commander on Adapting to Terror Threats in the Sahel

Major General Éric Vidaud, the commander of the French special forces, gave an exclusive interview to Jowharin the Sahel region of Africa.

It is 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), just one year ago by French special forces in Mali.

Today he has another terrorist in his sights: Iyad Ag Ghali, the head of the official branch of Al-Qaeda in Mali.

Asked about adapting to the threat posed by terrorist groups, which are increasingly gaining access to weapons, Major General Vidaud said: “It is an endless race.

We are always looking for innovation, adaptation, modernization… We are always on the lookout for look for something new, so that we are always one step ahead; so that we can always surprise them.”

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