What ISIS Leader’s Death Could Mean for Al Qaeda

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Bruce Hoffman is a professor at Georgetown University and Visiting Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations.  He has served as a commissioner on the Independent Commission to Review the FBI’s Post-9/11 Response to Terrorism and Radicalization, a Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the CIA, and an adviser on counterterrorism to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in 2004.

The Cipher Brief:  Can you give us a sense strategically, of how al-Baghdadi’s death could shake up the major terrorism networks? Is it realistic to think there might be potential collaboration between al-Qaeda and ISIS?

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