Terrorist Strategy in Countering Counter-Insurgency

Terror struck into the hearts of the enemies is not only a means, it is the end in itself….It is the point where means and the end meet and merge. Terror is not a means of imposing decision upon the enemy; it is the decision we wish to impose upon him.[1]- S.K. Malik, The Quranic Concept of War, 1979Counterinsurgency, or COIN, was first systematically discussed in the seventeenth century, and has been used in asymmetric warfare throughout history. Military thinkers and strategists have long attempted to understand insurgencies and the best way to effectively combat them. Most recently, the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps have codified counterinsurgency doctrine and established a set of principles for confronting the twenty-first century insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Photo: 2007 Afghanistan.  Royal Marines in Afghanistan Storm a Taliban Compound.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/defenceimages/6220131407/Terrorism and COIN Inextricably LinkedWhen discussing…

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Ramzy Mardini

Ramzy Mardini is a Research Analyst at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), where he focuses on Iraqi politics and security. He also serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the Iraq Institute for...

Griffin Huschke

Griffin Huschke was a Research Assistant with the Atlantic Council's Energy and Environment Program. He holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in...