Trump trades arenas for Rose Garden in attack on Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump transformed an event that was supposed to highlight his China policy into an impromptu campaign rally, delivering an expansive and often meandering broadside against Democratic rival Joe Biden on trade, policing and his son’s business practices, among other topics.

The Republican president traded the arena-style rallies he favors for the sun-drenched heat of the typically apolitical White House Rose Garden. And instead of a raucous crowd, Trump spent more than an hour Tuesday speaking in front of reporters.

The shift presented a challenge for a president who thrives on the validation of his supporters and uses their energy to propel his White House bid. But relenting to the urgent pleas of his political advisers to try to alter a campaign that has been upended by the coronavirus, Trump spent more than an hour framing the November election as the starkest choice in the nation’s history.

“There’s probably never been a time when candidates are so different,” Trump said. “We could go on for days.”

It was a framing Biden himself embraces. Since the early days of his campaign, Biden has sought to portray himself as an empathetic, competent counter to the turbulence of Trump’s administration.

The contrast was on display Tuesday when Biden unveiled the latest of a series of policy proposals, this one a $2 trillion plan to tackle climate change. Trump and his allies, meanwhile, have sometimes struggled to articulate their vision for a second term.

Trump seized on the plan to argue that it would make the U.S. “noncompetitive” with the rest of the world.

That was part of a broader effort to argue that Biden, who ran a relatively centrist campaign for the Democratic nomination, has become captive to the most progressive voices in his party.

“Biden’s gone radical left,” Trump said, lumping his rival in with firebrands like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, particularly on the environment.

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'Difficult to attack vanilla': Trump's throwing everything at Biden, but nothing is sticking

President Donald Trump and his campaign have spent months deploying a series of attacks depicting Joe Biden as weak, unfit and a tool of leftists.

But as Biden rises in the polls, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the attacks aren’t sticking. So Trump’s mission to define Biden to voters has proven difficult.

On Tuesday, Trump stood in the Rose Garden and went on a non-stop nearly hour-long anti-Biden rant, spraying a variety of broadsides at the former vice president, on everything from China policy to immigration to policing and much more. In what may have been his wildest attack, Trump claimed Biden’s housing policy would “abolish the suburbs.”

Republican and Democratic strategists who spoke with NBC News said it has been tough sledding for the president in blasting his Democratic rival for several reasons.

First, Biden has remained low-key during the coronavirus pandemic, while Trump’s handling of it is closely examined daily, they said. Biden is also viewed more favorably than 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who was under investigation during the campaign.

Perhaps most important, Trump was the outsider challenger last time around. Now, he’s an incumbent with a record.

“In 2016, he had a very clear message and very clear action items,” said Matt Gorman, vice president at the GOP consulting firm Targeted Victory. “He had an elevator pitch on why you should vote for him. He had that in the economy until COVID hit. Now it’s harder to find that — especially now that the focus has stuck on him.

“Biden is barely campaigning, so he’s not making many mistakes,” Gorman added. “Trump was also helped by the fact that Hillary had 20 years of built-in negatives.”

'Mind-boggling decision': Some teachers and parents object as Detroit reopens classrooms

DETROIT — The fury surrounding the start of summer school in Detroit this week offers a preview of the emotional battles that could hit many more communities this fall.

The city’s main public school district made the unusual decision to open classrooms for in-person summer learning starting Monday in hopes of helping children catch up four months after the coronavirus forced schools to close.

While the district says it took safety precautions to prevent the spread of the virus and stressed that no students or teachers were forced to participate in face-to-face instruction, the first two days of classes were met with protests. Activists blocked school buses from leaving a bus depot. A civil rights lawyer, who used the word “genocide” to describe the effect of the district’s decision because the student population is 96 percent Black or Latino, says she plans to seek an injunction to close the schools. The head of the city teachers union called in-person summer school a “mind-boggling decision.” And some parents expressed grave reservations about whether their children would be safe.

“I’m scared,” said Kim Martin, 50, who was picking up her son, Allyn, an eighth grader, from his summer school classes at the Brenda Scott Academy on Detroit’s east side Monday. “I don’t want my son to get sick. He’s an asthmatic.”

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Across the country, many districts are embroiled in what has become a highly politicized debate about school reopenings, with President Donald Trump threatening to withhold funding from schools that don’t offer in-person instruction. On Monday, two of the nation’s largest districts — Los Angeles and San Diego — said they will not offer in-person instruction when they reopen for the new school year because of rising COVID-19 case numbers in California.

Detroit, where roughly 500 students attended classes at 23 schools Monday, isn’t the only city to hold in-person summer school. Some districts, though, including in Connecticut and Iowa, have already had to shut down because of confirmed or suspected cases of the virus.

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Americans quick to use cloth masks after govt recommendation – CDC

By Vishwadha Chander

(Reuters) – Most Americans wore cloth face-coverings after the government recommended their use in April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a publication released on Tuesday.

CDC researchers analyzed data from more than 800 adults in two internet surveys in April and May who reported going outdoors in the past week.

Data published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed that within days of the first national recommendation, 61.9% people reported using cloth face-coverings when they left home. This number rose to 76.4% a month later.

The use of cloth masks rose in May across socio-demographic groups. The largest increases were among non-Hispanic White people (54.3% to 75.1%), people older than 65 years (36.6% to 79.2%), and those living in the Midwest (43.7% to 73.8%).

High rates of use were reported at both time points among Black Americans (74.4% to 82.3%), persons of races other than White, Black, Hispanic or Latino (70.8% to 77.3%), people aged 18–29 years (70.1% to 74.9%) and 30–39 years (73.9% to 84.4%), and residents of the Northeast (76.9% to 87.0%).

While more research is needed to understand why some people still do not wear cloth masks, the CDC said public health authorities should continue communicating the importance of covering the mouth and nose.

A more recent survey by U.S. analytics firm Gallup found only 44% “always” wore a mask, and women, Democrats and Northeasterners were most likely to always wear masks in public.

In April, President Donald Trump said the U.S. government recommended use of cloth face-coverings on a voluntary basis to stem the spread of the coronavirus, although he himself would not use one. Trump finally donned one last week during a visit to a military medical facility outside Washington.

(Reporting by Vishwadha Chander in Bengaluru; Editing by Nancy Lapid and Richard Chang)

Daymond John: CEOs who want to address racial inequality should start by listening to their staff

“Shark Tank” investor Daymond John told CNBC on Friday that “the first step” for CEOs who want to address racial inequality in the U.S. is listening to their own employees. 

“Internally, have those tough questions being asked. Find out how your colleague or your staff feels that are of color and have the other individuals who may not be of color ask also,” John said on “Closing Bell.” “They’ll start to get more insight. It has to start within the company.”  

John, who is CEO of clothing brand FUBU and The Shark Group, said he has done the same with his employees. 

“I’m a man of color and many of them are not. I knew there were questions,” he said. “A lot of people that are not minorities just don’t understand, but they feel like they want to do and they don’t know where to start.” 

John’s remarks Friday come as protests continue across the U.S. against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Corporate leaders have also responded to Floyd’s death, issuing statements that expressed a desire to confront racial disparities in the country. 

John said he believes for business leaders to change their own companies, they must understand the presence of systemic racism. For example, John said asking on a job application whether someone has a felony conviction will have a disproportionate impact on black Americans, who make up about 13% of the U.S. population but represent 38% of the current inmates at federal prisons, according to government data. 

“Systemic racism is to arrest as many people of color as you can, then you immediately make it hard for people who are employers to hire them because they look at it as if the guy or girl was Scarface,” John said, referencing Al Pacino’s character, a notorious crime lord, in the 1983 movie. 

“True entrepreneurs, what they do is, they find a problem in the market. They identify the problem, they listen, they do their homework and then they figure it out,” he said. “And this is what you have to do. It starts with the systemic racism. Before you can get to help your company, you need to understand some things to make these adjustments.” 

Adjusting the applicant pool for a job to include people who may have been involved in the criminal justice system or perhaps come from outside of a few elite colleges are two possible ways to start diversifying a workforce, John said. And ultimately, he said, that is good for business. 

“You’re going to get more value, you’re going to get more creativity from two different or four different parties looking at things in a different way. But you have to put the change within your hiring practice,” he said. “You can’t force it … But you’ve got to at least say, ‘I’m going to give them a shot and give them a try and I’m going to look at things such as felonies, records, education.'” 

Disclosure: CNBC owns the exclusive off-network cable rights to Shark Tank,” on which Daymond John is a co-host.

Jeff Bezos responds to Amazon customer who was angry over Black Lives Matter message: 'My stance won't change'

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos addresses the audience during a keynote session at the Amazon Re:MARS conference on robotics and artificial intelligence at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas on June 6, 2019.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Friday expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement by posting an email exchange with an upset customer.

In an Instagram post, Bezos posted a screenshot of an email from a customer who said it was “disturbing” and “offensive” that Amazon posted a message on its website in solidarity with the movement. The customer, whose name was blurred, wrote “ALL LIVES MATTER!” 

Critics of the Black Lives Matter movement often seek to counter the phrase by saying “all lives matter” or “blue lives matter,” referencing fallen police officers. 

“I have to disagree with you,” Bezos replied.

“‘Black Lives Matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter. Black lives matter speaks to racism and the disproportionate risk that Black people face in our law enforcement and justice system.”

Unlike black parents, Bezos said, he will never have to worry that his son “might be choked to death while being detained one day.” He added that he supports the recent protests around police brutality.

“I want you to know I support this movement that we see happening all around us and my stance won’t change,” he added. 

In recent days, protests have erupted nationwide over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police. On Wednesday, three former Minneapolis police officers were charged with aiding and abetting murder in connection with the killing of Floyd. Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck before he died, was also charged with second-degree murder, after he was initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

Many companies have spoken out against Floyd’s killing and police brutality, including Amazon. On Wednesday, Amazon announced it would donate $10 million to social justice organizations. The company also tweeted that the “inequitable and brutal treatment of Black people” must stop. 

At the same time, organizations have criticized the company for its ties with police and development of facial recognition technology. Over 1,000 police departments across the U.S. have partnerships with Ring, the smart doorbell security owned by Amazon. Additionally, human rights groups have called for the ban of Amazon’s facial recognition technology, Rekogntion, which they argue poses a threat to immigrants and religious minorities. 

WATCH: Protests against police brutality spread beyond the U.S.

NFL condemns racism, admits 'we were wrong' not to listen to NFL player protests

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell admitted the league was “wrong” for failing to listen to players who protested social injustice, he said on Friday in a video. 

In his second statement released since the May 25 death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by police in Minnesota, Goodell used the roughly 80-second recorded message not only to “condemn the systemic oppression of black people” but also to admit fault for not listening to its players “earlier.”

Goodell said he wants players to continue to speak out through protesting, supported the Black Lives Matter movement, and offered his participation.

“I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much needed change in this country. Without black players, there would be no National Football League,” Goodell said.  

Floyd died shortly after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was recorded with his knee on Floyd’s neck following his plea of being unable to breathe. Chauvin and three other officers have been fired and charged in connection with Floyd’s death.

The video footage caused an outbreak of protests throughout the country, renewing conversation about police brutality and social injustice.

The NFL has come under fire since Floyd’s death, as the image of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck is being compared to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racism and oppression. The moved sparked years of controversy, lawsuits, an eventual settlement, and a blown attempt to reconcile after Kaepernick was blackballed.

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joined CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Tuesday to discuss the recent protests throughout the country following Floyd’s death, the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville and the Feb. 23 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. 

Abdul-Jabbar said the NFL needs to “prove to all of us that they mean what they say” following Goodell’s first statement to address the “systemic issues”  facing minorities.

“We have to listen to people who are suffering,” Abdul-Jabbar said. He also called for law enforcement and companies to “understand the problem” facing blacks in America. 

“Certain people among the ranks of police are racist or are afraid of people who don’t look like them,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “I think all of us would serve this issue if we can make friends with someone who doesn’t look like us. I think that is a key issue here, that too much of people’s humanity and their right to be a part of the American dream, that’s not recognized all the time, and that’s very unfortunate.”

Michael Jordan's brand donates $100 million to organizations fighting racism against black people

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Michael Jordan and his Jordan Brand company will donate $100 million social organizations “dedicated to ensuring racial equality” the company announced on Friday.

In a joint statement, the basketball Hall of Famer said the funding would also assist organizations that assist with “social justice and greater access to education” over the next 10 years.

“The Jordan Brand is us, the Black Community,” the statement said. “Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people.”

Nike, which produces the Jordan Brand, is also committing $40 million over four years to support black communities, according to a memo CEO John Donahoe sent a memo to employees.

Donahoe’s note follows Nike releasing a moving ad last Friday, telling viewers not to “pretend there’s not a problem in America.” The drop of the video online came just as protests were beginning to occur in cities nationwide

Nike did not immediately return a request for comment.

Jordan’s donation comes days after he released a statement on the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minnesota. Floyd died on May 25 after video footage showed Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck following his plea of being unable to breathe. 

Chauvin, along with three other officers, have fired and charged in connection with Floyd’s death. The video footage caused an outbreak of protests throughout the country, renewing conversation about police brutality, social injustice, and lack of economic opportunity in black communities. 

Jordan stood by protesters for “calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough,” the Charlotte Hornets owner said in his statement.

Los Angeles Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” called for CEOs to assist in helping underprivileged access better economic opportunities. 

“There’s so many things going on, and I think it’s up to our CEO community to be a part of lifting that up,” he said. 

Jordan Brand had its first-ever billion-dollar quarter last December. Nike stock closed the week at $102.71 per share. 

'The troops hate it': John Kelly criticizes Trump threat to use armed forces to quell protests

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

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WASHINGTON — Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said Friday that he did not agree with President Donald Trump’s threat to deploy active-duty U.S. military as the nation braced for another week of planned protests over the death of George Floyd.

“The troops hate it, they don’t see it as their job, they don’t want to be used in that way,” Kelly told Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director, during a livestreamed interview. “Now, natural disasters are a different story, hurricanes, earthquakes, we lean forward in the U.S. military to help,” he added, saying that the civil unrest in the United States are “domestic issues.”

Kelly, who also served as the secretary of Homeland Security in the Trump administration, reiterated the importance of preserving the Department of Defense’s apolitical nature.

“We have always attempted to be apolitical,” explained Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general. “And we think that’s important because the U.S. military serves the nation, all of its people, not a party, not a political persuasion, not an individual.”

Kelly’s comments come as Secretary of Defense Mark Esper faces scrutiny for referring to American cities as a “battle space” and for participating in a widely criticized photo in front of a historic church. 

“I think we need to look harder at who we elect and I think we should start, all of us, regardless of what our views are of politics, I think we should look at people running for office and put them through the filter, what is their character like, what are their ethics and if elected, are they willing to represent all of their constituents and not just their base,” Kelly said.

On Friday D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser asked for the withdrawal of “all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence” from the city as protests over Floyd’s death continued.

“The deployment of federal law enforcement personnel and equipment are inflaming demonstrators and adding to the grievances of those who, by and large, are peacefully protesting for change and reforms to the racist and broken systems that are killing Black Americans,” Bowser said in a letter to Trump.

Bowser also authorized the painting of the message “Black Lives Matter” in giant yellow letters down 16th Street in Washington, the site of many demonstrations.

‘I agree with Mattis’

U.S. President Donald Trump (C), White House chief of staff John Kelly (R) and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis attend a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House October 5, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

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Kelly’s remarks come on the heels of a scathing statement from James Mattis, former secretary of Defense.

Mattis, who was Trump’s first Defense secretary, broke his near three-year silence and ripped into his former boss by saying, he “watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled.”

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us,” Mattis wrote in a statement published by The Atlantic.

Read more: Former Defense Secretary Mattis breaks silence and tears into Trump: ‘He tries to divide us’

“We must reject any thinking of our cities as a ‘battlespace’ that our uniformed military is called upon to ‘dominate,'” Mattis explained.

“Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part.”

Police forces and National Guard vehicles are used to block 16th Street near Lafayette Park and the White House on June 3, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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“I agree with Mattis,” Kelly said when asked about the statement made by his fellow Marine Corps general.

“The partisanship has gotten out of hand, the tribal thing has gotten out of hand, we don’t look at each other as fellow Americans it seems anymore we look at each other as opponents, we don’t talk to each other anymore, we yell at each other,” Kelly said. 

Mattis also took issue with a Monday night incident in which protesters were forcibly cleared from Lafayette Square, a small park in front of the president’s residence.

“The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind,” Mattis wrote.  

Trump walked through the square with several members of his Cabinet to stand in front of St. John’s Church while holding a Bible and posing for photographs. He later motioned to members of his Cabinet to join him for more pictures.

President Donald Trump walks with US Attorney General William Barr (L), US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper (C), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Milley (R), and others from the White House to visit St. John’s Church after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd June 1, 2020, in Washington, DC.

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Esper, who has previously said he would preserve the U.S. military’s apolitical nature, entered the frame and stood alongside Trump for the photo op.

In a Tuesday night interview with NBC News, Esper said, “I didn’t know where I was going” when asked about the highly criticized photo opportunity. “I thought I was going to do two things: to see some damage and to talk to the troops.”

When asked about the incident, Kelly said he would have advised the president to not follow through with the planned photo.

“I would have recommended against it,” he said.

Correction: John Kelly is a retired four-star Marine Corps general. An earlier version misstated his status.

Boeing, Airbus shares soar despite order drought

An Airbus A330neo commercial passenger aircraft takes off in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, July 10, 2018.

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For the second time in the last four months, Airbus has recorded zero orders for new airplanes. 

The European plane manufacturer recorded no new orders in May as the company adjusts to the harsh reality of airlines canceling or deferring orders for new planes in a bid to save cash. Boeing reports May orders and deliveries next week with some analysts expecting the company to post a fifth straight month of no order growth.  

“I’m not surprised by these numbers,” said Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst for the Teal Group. “I think we have another two years of negative book-to-bill for the plane makers.”

The drought in orders has already forced both Airbus and Boeing to lower their production schedules and outline plans to cut thousands of jobs, a bitter pill after nearly a decade of strong orders creating record backlogs. In March and April, shares of Boeing and Airbus were both at multiyear lows due to concerns about mounting losses.

The outlook for both plane makers hasn’t changed, but their investors don’t seem to care. Shares of Boeing and Airbus are both up more than 40% in the last month. What’s driving the renewed optimism by investors?

Aboulafia said a primary factor is the hope of a V-shaped recovery in commercial air travel. “This a real head-scratcher,” said Aboulafia. “My head is red and raw trying to figure out why people expect such a strong rebound in air travel.”

On Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration screened 391,882 people at airport security checkpoints in the U.S., the highest number of screenings since March 22. Overall, daily passenger levels at U.S. airports are down more than 85% compared with the same time a year ago.

Transfer rumours: Havertz, Grealish, Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Sane, Aarons

Manchester United have prioritised the signing of Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, 24, this summer – but could change their plans if Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz becomes available. (Manchester Evening News)

However, Bayern Munich believe they are close to beating United – a host of other leading European clubs – to the 20-year-old forward’s signature. (Independent)

Leicester City are “relaxed” about Chelsea’s pursuit of left-back Ben Chilwell, believing qualifying for next season’s Champions League would put them in a strong position to keep the England international. (Leicester Mercury)

And the Foxes would demand at least £60m for 23-year-old Chilwell. (Guardian)

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane will sign a five-year contract with Bayern Munich. But the 24-year-old Germany international will not become the highest-paid player at the German champions. (Bild)

Everton are ready to make a move for Paris St-Germain captain Thiago Silva, whose contract is set to expire at the end of June. The 35-year-old Brazil international’s former club AC Milan are also interested. (Le10Sport)

Arsenal are interested in Norwich City right-back Max Aarons, 20, but are not willing to pay the £30m asking price. (Goal via Norwich Evening News)

Manchester City have made a tentative enquiry to Barcelona about right-back Sergi Roberto. But the 28-year-old Spain international will only leave the Nou Camp if they tell him he can go. (Mundo Deportivo, in Spanish)

Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff, 20, is likely to end up at Premier League rivals Watford if he signs for Italian club Udinese, with both clubs owned by the Pozzo family. (Watford Observer)

Inter Milan would only consider selling Slovakia centre-back Milan Skriniar, who has been linked to Manchester City, if they received an offer over €80m. (Tuttosport via Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United have opened negotiations with Argentine side Velez Sarsfield to sign 19-year-old midfielder Thiago Almada, who has a £20m release clause and has also been linked with Arsenal. (Fichajes, in Spanish)

Premier League strugglers Aston Villa and Championship promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion are set to face each other in a training match as part of their preparations for the season restarting. (Daily Mail)

French forces kill al Qaeda's North Africa chief in Mali

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French forces have killed al Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel in northern Mali, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Friday.

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“On June 3, French army forces with the support of their local partners, killed al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s emir, Abdelmalek Droukdel, and several of his closest collaborators, during an operation in northern Mali,” Parly said in Twitter.

Droukdel was among North Africa’s most experienced militants and was one of those who took part in the Islamist militant takeover of northern Mali before a French military intervention in 2013 drove them back and scattered fighters across the Sahel region.

Droukdel was believed to be hiding in the mountains of northern Algeria. The group operates across northern Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Algeria.

Parly said that French forces, which number about 5,200 in the region, had also on May 19 captured Mohamed el Mrabat, a fighter she identified as a veteran militant in the region and member of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.

“Our forces, in cooperation with their local partners … will continue to track these (people) down without respite,” Parly said.

(REUTERS)

French forces kill al Qaeda's North Africa chief in Mali, ministry says

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French forces have killed al Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel in northern Mali, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Friday.

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“On June 3, French army forces with the support of their local partners, killed al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s emir, Abdelmalek Droukdel, and several of his closest collaborators, during an operation in northern Mali,” Parly said in Twitter.

(REUTERS)