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.
While the Afghan government viewed the dissent in the Taliban's rank as good news, Pakistan is worried that the breakup will lead to the weakening of their strong card in the Afghan conflict game.
Who ultimately emerges as the undisputed Taliban leader, what his agenda will be, if the group splinters further and how Pakistan is going to play this game with its new twists shall affect the future of Afghanistan and the region.
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.