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Why drone strikes on leaders are a good tactic for fighting ISIS, but not all terrorist organizations

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A man inspects the damage at the site where a US drone strike killed Maher al-Agal, a leader in the Islamic State militant group, near the village of Khaltan, near Jindayris in northern Syria, on July 12, 2022. - US officials called the leader of the Islamic State militant group in Syria was killed Tuesday in a drone strike, the Pentagon said. Maher al-Agal was killed while riding a motorcycle near Jindires in northern Syria, and one of his top aides was

Although the news about ISIS has largely disappeared from our TV screens and social media feeds since the extremist group lost any territorial control in Syria and Iraq in 2019, U.S. Central Command and allies continue Operation Inherent Resolve. 

In the last few years, they have conducted numerous special operations and targeted drone attacks, killing and capturing various ISIS leaders, with the latest successful counterterrorism operation announced last week.

On July 12, the U.S. military and intelligence community carried out a precision drone strike outside of Jindayris in northwest Syria, killing a “top five” ISIS leader, Maher al-Agal, who was responsible for aggressively pursuing the development of ISIS networks outside of Iraq and Syria, CENTCOM said

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