Three top Islamic State leaders killed in airstrikes, U.S. officials say
Huffington Post - 12/18/2014
Max Abrahms, a professor at Northeastern University who has done research on so-called decapitation strikes targeting the leadership of terrorist groups, said the U.S. success in killing Islamic State leaders may have important consequences for how the group is run.
It may empower lower-level militants who are less strategic in their thinking, Abrahms said, and therefore cause even more indiscriminate violence. He added that such strikes tend to boost tensions within militant groups, as fighters begin to suspect one another of having provided intelligence to the enemy and engage in struggles to fill high-ranking vacancies.