Though ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deaths of over 1,200 people in attacks in 21 countries outside of Iraq and Syria, larger terrorist organizations have arranged only a fraction of incidents labeled as ISIS attacks.
There has been a lot of euphoria in Afghanistan about Mullah Mansoor's demise. President Obama called it a "milestone." But eliminating one person may not produce the results that Washington and Kabul desire.
The Taliban promptly denied the claims.
While relatively few Afghans are anxious to see the Taliban's return, many seem willing to believe their promises to govern differently than in the past. Incidents like the strike on Kunduz's Doctors Without Borders hospital by American gunships can also serve to channel anger against a Kabul regime reliant on foreign troops.
He called the decision to conceal ex-leader Mullah Omar's death a "historic mistake."
For almost a decade and a half the messianic Omar served as a unifying force for the Taliban who have sustained massive losses in their insurgency against the powerful U.S.-led NATO Alliance and Afghan Army.
Former leader Omar's death was announced last week.
An expert describes challenges for the militants' new leader.
The son of ex-leader Mullah Omar accused him of a power grab.
The height of the Pakistani state's chutzpah is that it does not only harbor these terrorists for decades and unleash them on the neighbors and the world, but also that it wants to be given credit and a thank you note even when America or Allah takes them out. The fundamental question about Mullah Omar's death in Karachi is who in Pakistan knew about his presence there, when did they know it and what, if anything at all, did they do about it.
Has the leader really been dead for years?