Senior US official predicts Islamic State will replace the slain leader al-Baghdadi
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A senior US counterterrorism official says he expects a new leader of the Islamic State will emerge following the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a weekend raid.
Acting Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Russell Travers says the killing of the Islamic State leader by US forces in Syria on Saturday was a “significant” development.
But Travers warns that the group has a “deep bench” of leaders who could replace al-Baghdadi.
He issues the warning at a House hearing on global national security threats.
He tells members of Congress he doesn’t believe al-Baghdadi’s death will affect any attacks that were in the process of being planned by the group, which once controlled a large swath of territory across Syria and Iraq.