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    The former RUC (now PSNI) HQ Mobile Support Units...

    The former RUC (now PSNI) HQ Mobile Support Units (HMSU) carried HK G3 rifles for years. The PSNI HMSUs are still equipped with them, as seen in the shooting of Officer Stephen Carroll last year.
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    David is correct..

    Anne Speckhard (US Academic) has written fairly extensively on this. Probably the best articles of hers on the subject are:

    Speckhard, A, and K Ahkmedova. "The Making of a Martyr: Chechen Suicide...
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    I stand corrected :eek::D

    I stand corrected :eek::D
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    I'm pretty skecpitcal about this body-bomb story....

    I'm pretty skecpitcal about this body-bomb story. It started off the bomb was in his arse (plausible I guess) but now it appears to have reversed up his digestive tract. The Saudis claim it was in...
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    From the NYT...

    From the NYT:



    Tribal militia?
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    David, Very enlightening - thanks for the...

    David,

    Very enlightening - thanks for the comprehensive (and swift) answer.

    gh
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    Also a new article in Vanity Fair ...

    Also a new article in Vanity Fair

    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/11/taj-hotel-siege-200911?

    Focuses a lot on the human element, but brings across the chaos of the response...
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    One of the best overviews of this subject (in my...

    One of the best overviews of this subject (in my view at least) comes from Martha Crenshaw who, in this article, does a fairly good job of knocking down both Robert Pape (Occupation theory) and Mia...
  9. Thread: COIN v CT

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    JMM, Interesting and thought provoking stuff....

    JMM,

    Interesting and thought provoking stuff.

    How do the evolving US Laws of War etc impact on the status of the protagonists? I realise there has been a long running debate on this but...
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    Some interesting images from Mexico's drug...

    Some interesting images from Mexico's drug battles..

    http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/03/mexicos_drug_war.html
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    While I am by no means a legal/theory expert on...

    While I am by no means a legal/theory expert on this (there are those on here who are, and I welcome correction on any of the following), does the need to draw a distinction not come down to the...
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    I would offer that it is not really surprising...

    I would offer that it is not really surprising that there has been a blurring over recent years. Use of terms like illegal enemy combatant (along with the 'advanced interrogation' of persons such as...
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    Marvellous.

    Marvellous.
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    Without forming a judgment as to whether he is right or wrong, the Best/Good options do not sound too dissimilar to the approach advocated by Rupert Smith in the Utility of Force, who said...


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    According to an ISAF document (FOUO) on Wikileaks...

    According to an ISAF document (FOUO) on Wikileaks (dated 14 Jan 09), Afghanistan saw a 27% in increase in IED incidents in 2008 (from previous year), and a 29% increase in casualties resulting from...
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    Yep, I've downloaded the CTC material you refer...

    Yep, I've downloaded the CTC material you refer to - just have to get round to processing it now.

    Thanks.

    GH
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    A recent piece from the Economist on this subject...

    A recent piece from the Economist on this subject.

    I'd endorse David's view above - Bob Lambert's got some interesting experience in this area. I think he's just finished his PhD thesis on...
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    David, Much appreciated. GH

    David,

    Much appreciated.

    GH
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    Cheers

    Mike,

    Many thanks.

    An interesting article, not least because it places the use of the tactic in the context of an overall operation (i.e. taking and controlling the town) - to date I've been...
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    Suicide attacks - Iraq

    Hi folks,

    I'm currently engaged in a project (academic/open source) looking at suicide attacks (specifically organisational capability to mount different attacks against different types of...
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    I thought it was a wind-up but apparently not...

    http://www.orthodoxanarchist.com/images/alpaca.jpg
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    A piece by Jason Burke in today's Observer; ...

    A piece by Jason Burke in today's Observer;

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/24/afghanistan



    Not very cheering, to say the least.
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    Isn't this the nub of the problem? The British...

    Isn't this the nub of the problem? The British (and the Coalition more widely) failed to create a sufficiently permissive environment in Iraq (and subsequently in parts of Afghanistan) for the...
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    As I understand it, Dannatt's comments arise from...

    As I understand it, Dannatt's comments arise from the British Army's experiences in southern Iraq, starting from April 2003. They had taken control of Basra and were trying to fill in the gaps caused...
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    Further operator error: ...

    Further operator error:



    http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=World_News&subsection=Pakistan+%26+Sub-Continent&month=February2008&file=World_News2008020881947.xml
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