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French strike likely killed Al-Qaeda ally Belmokhtar

Belmokhtar was likely killed in a strike in Libya earlier this month

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US intelligence helped French warplanes target Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, one of Al-Qaeda’s key allies in North Africa, and believes he was killed, an American official told AFP Monday.

Belmokhtar, a notorious faction commander in the Al-Murabitoun militant group, was likely killed in a strike in Libya earlier this month, the official said.