Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in the Current Era of Conflict
Small Wars Foundation Bethesda United States
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In recent years, insurgency and counterinsurgency have been the topics of conversations regarding military theory and doctrine and the subject of diplomatic efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The American armed forces, having avoided counterinsurgency warfare since the end of the Vietnam War, were caught unprepared for this type of conflict, preferring instead to train for war with the Soviet Union. This paper seeks to briefly consider counterinsurgency operations in the CENTCOM Theater of operations since the invasion of Afghanistan, and to evaluate some successes and failures. This paper seeks to answer a number of questions regarding the ethics and propriety of counterinsurgency operations.