Does the death of Abu Mohammad al-Adnani spell the end for ISIS?
Newsweek - 08/31/2016
“When the leaders of terrorist groups are killed, the group tends to become more radical. A group in the immediate aftermath of leadership loss is more likely to direct its violence against civilian targets,” says Max Abrahms, professor of political science at Northeastern University and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
“When you remove a leader of a terrorist group, lower level members rise to the top and suddenly they are in power and that’s why the target selection of the group tends to change,” he continues. “However, in the case of the Islamic State, it’s hard to believe that Adnani’s replacement will be more extreme than he is.”