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What does alleged Paris “mastermind” Abdelhamid Abaaoud’s death mean for IS?

The militant's killing has propaganda and strategy ramifications—but the group won't be too worried

By Josh Lowe  

Twenty-five Syrian soldiers about to be executed by Islamic State in the Roman amphitheatre in Palmyra, western Syria, in July

In the frenzied search for the culprits behind last week’s attacks in Paris, which killed 129 people, one name has been pre-eminent: that of Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Suspected of being the “mastermind” behind the shootings and bombings, 28-year-old Abaaoud, born in Belgium, took on a sudden and, as it turned out,…

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