Don't Get Complacent about Insurgency in Iraq

Gravatt, B. L.
October 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Oct2003, Vol. 129 Issue 10, p64
Conference Proceeding
Having had some exposure to insurgency and counterinsurgency it seems that the U.S. is in the early stages of such warfare in Iraq. Using one categorization of the often indistinct stages of insurgency, what is happening in Iraq appears to be a mix of initial organization, incipient guerrilla warfare and low-level terrorism. It appears that organized autonomous cells in a few municipalities are conducting the hit-and-run attacks in Iraq. Any good counterinsurgency book or appropriate service manual will provide ways to oppose infiltration as well as present a generic list of methods that can be adapted to peculiarities of Iraq to defeat the insurgency.


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