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Historical past indicates that an troubled kingdom needs to itself defeat an insurgency politically and militarily, and tips on how to assistance is to provide suggestion, education, and kit.

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Responses? 62 Senior policymakers, such as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, have mentioned the emergence of a global insurgency,63 and in the judgment of the Bush administration, Iraq is its most important manifestation. But countering a global insurgency is a formidable challenge for the United States, and as policymakers craft a counterstrategy, they should keep in mind the inherent difficulties of such an approach. Global insurgency is not a new problem. During the Cold War, the 60 Olivier Roy, “Britain: Homegrown Terror,” Le Monde Diplomatique, August 2005, p.

CHAPTER TWO The Evolving Insurgency Challenge Introduction After a decade or more of languishing in obscurity, the phenomenon of insurgency reemerged as a subject of official, analytical, and academic interest during the first years of the 21st century. The ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan illustrate in dramatic terms that insurgency can pose a considerable challenge for even the most formidable military power. ”2 Insurgency as form of political-military struggle is not new. S. Agency for International Development, “USAID’s Role in the War on Terrorism,” Issue Brief 1, 2001.

Tomes, “Relearning Counterinsurgency Warfare,” Parameters, Vol. XXXIV, No. 1, Spring 2004; and Lester Grau, “Guerrillas, Terrorists, and Intelligence Analysts,” Military Review, July–August 2004. 9 Quoted in Robert Burns, “Army Chief Says Islamic Extremist Threat is Like a ‘Cancer’ that Will Linger,” Associated Press, June 15, 2004. 30 Air Power in the New Counterinsurgency Era Toward that end, this chapter will offer four very broad principles national security planners should bear in mind as they develop strategies, forces, and technology for counterinsurgency.

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