Do US killings of militant leaders work?
The Wall Street Journal - 05/26/2016
Social scientists who examined the effect of such decapitations on militant groups have found little empirical evidence that the killings advance U.S. goals. One of these researchers is Max Abrahms, a scholar of terrorism at Northeastern University.
“When a leader of a militant group has been taken out, the group tends to become even more extreme,” he said. “When militant groups are placed under duress, there is also greater chance that they will decentralize, sometimes by splitting.”