American and Italian hostages killed in US drone strike against al-Qaeda
The Telegraph - 04/23/2015
Some experts have questioned the utility of the Obama administration’s “decapitation strategy”, arguing that it only serves to splinter and further radicalize terror organizations.
Recently published research by Max Abrahms, a political science professor at Boston’s Northeastern University, has suggested that terror groups with fragmented leaderships are more likely to target civilians.
“My research suggests that drone strikes tend to change the tactical thinking of terror groups and make them more unrestrained and less selective, as well as creating a backlash among otherwise law-abiding local populations who then move to support the very terror groups we are trying to undermine,” he said.