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- n. Political and military strategy or action intended to oppose and forcefully suppress insurgency.
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- n. Any political or military action taken to defeat insurgency, especially during guerrilla warfare.
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- n. actions taken by a government to defeat insurgency
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PÃ©rez Molina was serving as a military commander in El QuichÃ©, one of Guatemala's most heavily indigenous and war-wracked departments, when RÃos Montt launched what was dubbed Victoria Victory 82, a military offensive that the historian Virginia Garrard-Burnett has written led to "the period of most extreme violence committed in the name of counterinsurgency" during the war, and which was particularly furious in El QuichÃ©'s northern region.
Pérez Molina was serving as a military commander in El Quiché, one of Guatemala's most heavily indigenous and war-wracked departments, when Ríos Montt launched what was dubbed Victoria Victory 82, a military offensive that the historian Virginia Garrard-Burnett has written led to "the period of most extreme violence committed in the name of counterinsurgency" during the war, and which was particularly furious in El Quiché's northern region.
Considering that success in counterinsurgency requires addressing the concerns of a population for justice and prosperity — not just security — these are critical shortages.
What accounts for this pattern of outcomes in counterinsurgency (COIN) wars?
CAP: Recommended broad cuts to the program (reduce budget by 1/3 over the next four years) because of development issues and questions as to the value of the program in counterinsurgency operations.
The coordination of more than a score of such battalions, not to mention 45 Army Special Forces A-teams, Marine special-ops units, and so on, all involved in some aspect of counterinsurgency, is less the job of McChrystal than that of Lieutenant General David M. Rodriguez, like McChrystal and Kolenda a West Point graduate, who heads the ISAF Joint Command.
Blowback is most important in counterinsurgency warfare, where you are out among the civilian population, and its goodwill matters — this, note, is the strategic frame of many of the military blowback critics — but it matters far less if the operations are counterterrorism.
The problem with viewing civilian development as a part of counterinsurgency is that the insurgents will blow up the development.
Saying counterinsurgency is a pain in the ass and should be avoided at all costs means nothing, unless you provide alternatives for post invasion scenarios.
President Obama's tentative 2011 withdrawal date for such a long-term counterinsurgency (COIN) approach has only fostered confusion and frustration among civilian and military ranks alike, as well it should.