"Khan's death affects ISIS recruiting efforts and will disrupt their operations in Afghanistan and the region," reported Pentagon deputy press secretary Gordon Trowbridge.
As expected with the removal of a high profile target, the organization experienced immediate setbacks. Although no first person accounts are available in their training camps, military intelligence monitors satellite and aerial images to oversee their daily activities.
"The morning after he was eliminated, ISIS leadership began having meetings throughout the day at their base camps. These lasted for hours with very little activity in between. In situations like this they either select a new commander and continue with renewed vigor, or in the absence of clear agreement, split into separate groups while fighting for the same cause."
In this case, a new commander was selected by nightfall and their operation resumed the following day. Now security forces will start their next mission to locate, identify, and eliminate the new leader. This process can take years and require a wide array of resources, but once completed, ISIS will lose another day in the war.