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Does Killing Terrorist Leaders Make Any Difference? Scholars Are Doubtful | The New York Times

Does Killing Terrorist Leaders Make Any Difference? Scholars Are Doubtful | The New York Times

It seems obvious: Killing terrorist leaders should weaken their organizations, depriving those groups of strategic direction and ideological appeal. The death of someone like Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, a senior Islamic State figure reported killed on Tuesday in Syria, should seem like a significant setback for the group.

But scholars have struggled to find evidence that killing leaders is an effective way to dismantle terrorist organizations, instead finding ample evidence that it makes little difference.

Source: Does Killing Terrorist Leaders Make Any Difference? Scholars Are Doubtful – The New York Times