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    Default COIN in Algeria & Malaya and today's campaigns

    In the June issue of the Marine Corps Gazette - From Algeria to Iraq by John Kiser.

    This article explores the relevance of the French experience in Algeria to fighting Islamic insurgencies today. The ideas presented below are a byproduct of researching the subject of a book in progress, The Arab Who Conquered France: The Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader (1807–1883). Abdelkader was a Sufi turned jihadist following an inept “liberation” of the Arab population in the Regency of Algiers. The sincerity with which he lived his faith in war and in exile, his nobility of spirit, and humanistic Islam ultimately won him admirers all over the world, but especially in France, whose generals fought him for 15 years...

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    Default Counterterrorism v. Counterinsurgency: Lessons from Algeria and Afghanistan

    Counterterrorism v. Counterinsurgency: Lessons from Algeria and Afghanistan

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    Counterterrorism v. Counterinsurgency: Lessons from Algeria and Afghanistan
    by David N Santos

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    In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States the terms of terrorism and insurgency have become part of the everyday American lexicon and for that matter much of the international community’s as well. So common has the usage of these terms become that it would appear they are almost interchangeable if not the same. There is, however, a distinction between a terrorist and an insurgent. It is this distinction which lies at the heart of the difficulty in combating an enemy who does not look like or operate in the manner of a traditional conventional armed threat. If an enemy is identified as being irregular and not keeping with traditional enemy threat models what are the most effect methods for addressing this type of threat? Add to this complexity of combating an unclear and irregular threat the use of terrorism which adds a new dynamic to the situation. Does the presence of terrorist acts indicate those acts were committed by terrorists or some other type of group such as a revolutionary, an insurgent or a guerrilla?

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    Major David N. Santos is an active duty Military Intelligence officer currently attending the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.



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    Default Malaya: The Myth of Hearts and Minds

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    Default 50 Years after Algeria: America’s Endgame in Afghanistan

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    Default Algeria and Malaya: A Tale of Two Distinct and Dramatically Different COIN campaigns

    Algeria and Malaya: A Tale of Two Distinct and Dramatically Different Counterinsurgency Campaigns

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