Decapitation strikes continue to haunt ISIL in Syria
ISIS’s second-in-command hid in Syria for months. The day he stepped out, the U.S. was waiting.The war of attrition continues against the ISIL leadership making it difficult for them to exercise command and control of their forces. It is not the most effective way to win a war but it does make it difficult for the enemy to operate. It does little to stop the mass murder attacks and the genocide against certain religious and ethnic groups. It is going to take boots on the ground to do that and the US is relying on Iraqis and Kurds for that chore.
Abu Muhammad al-Adnani’s death in a missile strike was the biggest prize in what U.S. officials describe as an increasingly successful campaign to track and kill the Islamic State’s senior commanders. At least six high-level ISIS officials have died in U.S. airstrikes in the past four months, along with dozens of deputies and brigadiers.