ISIS to review toxic organizational culture after al-Baghdadi suicide
IDLIB, Syria – The remaining Islamic State senior leaders are looking inward to address reports of toxic organizational culture following news that their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, killed himself this weekend.
“His death was tragic but preventable. This is a perfect example of our lack of resiliency,” said one senior ISIS leader. “He was a product of the 'move-up or blow-up' system that often forces our fighters into roles for which they are not prepared. It’s completely toxic. The first time some special operations unit comes knocking on their door, they go to pieces. Figuratively, of course."
"And literally now, I suppose.”
While reports of toxic organizational culture are a revelation to senior ISIS leaders, junior fighters and mid-level militants are not surprised.
“I am treated like a cur and I don’t feel like my talents are being managed,” said one militant, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal. “I have a 'raping and pillaging' background but all they want me to do…
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