““The death of a jihadist leader is always a dangerous moment for the group as it can lead to internal struggles”

 “In general, however, jihadist groups do tend to survive such strikes,” “[Osama] bin Laden was replaced by his former number two, [Ayman] al-Zawahiri, a much less charismatic leader, but one that still heads a powerful and global terror franchise.”

“What al-Baghdadi’s death won’t reverse is Washington’s gradual loss of influence in Syria and the region as a whole, and the perception that America is not a dependable ally.”

“Whatever was done after [the US withdrawal], including the ceasefire and pledge to maintain some US presence to protect ‘the oil’, can only be described as chaotic damage control””

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