Great news as this death and earlier and later hits will disrupt the organization to some degree and might result in inner conflict. While many rightly point out that this might not be the end of it we should not forgot that this person was a decisive factor in creating out of the chaos an Entity which controlled the lives of millions and destroyed so much for so many of them. Deriding him as a coward does not change the fact that he was able to obtain a level of influence and power almost unimaginable after sitting in an Iraqi prison thanks to his personal abilities which thrived in that shattered area. The black banners of ISIS will lose more of it's allure to vulnerable minds and it is likely that fewer will be pushed to carry out terror acts to their acclaim. According to this article quoting senior SDF officials. As the tasked team did make a DNA test on site they had obviously had his DNA before from somewhere. There are covert SDF operations in Afrin and as SDF fought so long against the Daesh and captured so many of them they should have a considerable interest as well as a wealth of knowledge on it's workings. LINK It certainly fits the mold of the last years, with the Turks letting manpower and supply through, the Russians focusing on what is left of the syrian opposition forces and hospitals while part of the West, foremost the US, the Iraqi forces and the SDF had to carry the fight against the Daesh. But of course we don't know. LINK As the compound was so close to the Turkish border in a region at least heavily influenced by Turkey and Turkish military intelligence at least tolerated some Daesh activities there are of course a lot of question concerning Turkey. That we do not even longer wonder that the task force was not at least returning to a Nato ally a couple of km away speaks volume. In any case a victory has many fathers and there will be much noise, many claims and even more attempts to muddy the water in the vein of the fantastic Russian stories around the plane downing over Ukraine.