Targeting Top Terrorists: How Leadership Decapitation Contributes to Counterterrorism

  title={Targeting Top Terrorists: How Leadership Decapitation Contributes to Counterterrorism},
  author={Bryan C. Price},
  journal={International Security},
  • B. Price
  • Published 2012
  • Political Science
  • International Security
Several states, including Israel and the United States, have put decapitation tactics, which seek to kill or capture leaders of terrorist organizations, at the forefront of their counterterrorism efforts. The vast majority of scholarly work on decapitation suggests, however, that leadership decapitation is ineffective at best and counterproductive at worst. Contrary to this conventional wisdom, leadership decapitation significantly increases the mortality rate of terrorist groups, although the… Expand
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