American Perspectives on Asymmetrical Warfare

Asymmetrical conflict is an umbrella term used to discuss conflict in which opposing forces differ in military abilities and this discrepancy is made up for with the use of unconventional weapons, and, or tactics. Asymmetry of power can be both dynamic and changeable. Since the turn of the century, asymmetric warfare has come to be associated almost exclusively with the global war on terror, involving particularly the US and its allies against al Qaeda and its affiliates. American understandings of the global war on terrorism often encompass various insurgencies as well.  For example, insurgencies against the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan, alongside insurgencies against US and allied forces during a period of military occupation. Strategies involved in battling an al Qaeda type organisation differ in character from strategies appropriate for counter insurgency.

 

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