The U.S. national counterterrorism chief calculates that ISIS will select a new leader within the next two weeks. Russel Travers called the death of Baghdadi a substantial loss, but that the group has a deep bench. Travers also states that “the United States and the coalition overall has had tremendous success in eliminating leadership over the years of both al Qaeda and ISIS, and yet the bench tends to rise to the top”. The original potential successor was recently killed in northern Syria, but there are others behind him ready to step forward.
November 16, 2019