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Old 01-03-2018   #181
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Twenty three threads have been merged in today, all bar one from SWJ Blog. Prompted by the next post.
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Default War is coming [back] to the cities

Hat tip to WoTR for this article https://warontherocks.com/2018/01/ol...rkeys-war-pkk/ which dissects what happened when the PKK opted to fight in Turkish cities (it will be cross-posted elsewhere).

The authors have observations on the wider impact on urban operations, for strategy and operations. Near the end:
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This dynamic suggests armed groups might choose to target cities even when their chances of military success are slim, that is, if they believe that they can frame the urban battle in ways that will help them achieve their long-term strategic objectives.
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Default Primer on Urban Operations

From Army University Press and on open access, except for the post-Mosul report. Citing their introduction in part:
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Army Press has compiled a selection of articles from Military Review, publications from the Combat Studies Institute, monographs from students at the Command and General Staff College, and other publications. This primer on urban operations should not be viewed as the textbook on the subject, but rather as a starting point for renewed study and conversation.
Link:ww.armyupress.army.mil/Online-Publications/Primer-on-Urban-Operations/#5?platform=hootsuite
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Default Urban / City Warfare (merged thread)

Lessons to Be Learned: The Employment of Suicide Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devises in the Islamic State’s Defense of Mosul

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Default Cities and terror: an indivisible and brutal relationship

Jason Burke, a journalist with The Guardian and writer on terrorism, has this very well-timed article, which draws on history and seeks to explain why terrorists know attacks in cities matter.

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f the urban environment offers practical assistance to the aspirant terrorist – a degree of anonymity, ease of sourcing components or funds, proximity to others in a network, communication facilities, transport – it also offers a wealth of targets. The nature of these virtually guarantees what all terrorists seek: attention.
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The history of terrorism is thus the history of our cities. The history of our cities, at least over the last 150 years or so, is in part the history of terrorism. This is a deadly, inextricable link that is unlikely to be broken anytime soon.
Link:https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2...hip-terrorism?

In today's mailbox was a - startling for me - WoTR article on the Tet 1968 offensive in South Vietnam; which had an urban focus. A military failure for the NVA / VC, but a strategic victory. Worth a read.
Link:https://warontherocks.com/2018/01/im...tet-offensive/

Reading these articles and the coverage on the very recent, brutal Taliban / ISIS attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan, could GIRoA and its allies be in danger of repeating the Tet offensive?
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Default 75yrs since Stalingrad: Urban Warfare: Past, Present, Future

RUSI held a day, closed conference last week and have now published the programme and three other items, one a short paper. Plus a podcast by the opening speaker, ret'd General Mungo Melvin (till 33:45) and the historian Antony Beevor.

Link:https://rusi.org/event/urban-warfare...present-future

There are three PPT, alas slides only by:Peter Mansoor, David Kilcullen and a British brigadier.

The paper refers to a re'd UK General Tony Newton's experience of how the British Army lost sight of urban fighting and has a section on Operation Agile Warrior that appears earlier in this thread.
Link:https://rusi.org/sites/default/files...rks-newton.pdf
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Default The helpful App @ Raqqa

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An app created using a map seized from Islamic State was a "game changer" in the battle to defeat the extremists in Raqqa, a British man who fought the murderous group has said....Speaking to the Press Association, the 30-year-old said he understands the app was put together by the Americans using a very detailed map of Raqqa that was captured from IS: "I would be walking down the street and would take fire from a building or I would see enemy movement or a tank, all I'd have to do is move my dot, get the grid coordinates and call it in."
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