“‘When you think about the impact it will have on ISIS going forward, this is more like the close of a chapter, but by no means the end of the story,’ said Nick Rasmussen, the former head of the National Counterterrorism Center during the last two years of President Barack Obama’s tenure and the first year of the Trump administration.

“‘In terms of the immediate impact on the lethality of the group… or the degree to which ISIS as an organization or a global enterprise threatens the United States, that doesn’t change in the immediate aftermath of something like this,’ he said…”

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