Guerilla Warfare

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Guerilla Warfare

A type of warfare in which small groups of soldiers and/or armed civilians strike suddenly against an exposed target and then withdraw quickly. Guerilla warfare is used when one military cannot meet another successfully in the open field, or when the regular army already has been defeated. Guerilla warfare can be very bloody, but has been successful in the past. It is a kind of political risk in some areas.
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The mujahideen have started guerilla wars in the settled areas of the country like Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar.
This,in turn,could be expected to precipitate a guerilla war with potentially a billion Muslims throughout the world.
Almost 500 rebels and dozens of soldiers and police have been killed since the offensive started in the oil-rich province, where GAM has been waging a guerilla war since 1976, seeking an independent state.
Army troops defeated Filipino forces in a traditional campaign and, with help from the Navy and Marine Corps, in a subsequent guerilla war.
DESPERATE Taliban fighters appear to be taking to the Afghan mountains in preparation for a guerilla war, defence sources said yesterday.
But US Rear Admiral John Stufflebeem warned that they may simply be making a tactical retreat to Afghanistan's inaccessible mountains, to join the terrorists of Osama bin Laden's al Qaida network in a guerilla war.
The loss of Jalalabad would be a severe blow to the retreating Taliban who now control less than 20% of the country and could hasten their move to fight a guerilla war in the hills and mountains.
He said Omar had told his forces to head for guerilla war in their southern stronghold of Kandahar after being forced from the capital by the Northern Alliance.
Thanks to the American advisers' "conventional mindset," he writes, ARVN "was not trained for the guerilla war burgeoning within its own boundaries.
A war veteran academic and activist, the author digs into the roots of the country's revolution of 2000 to its guerilla war of the 1970s.
The ongoing military operation is not a conventional but a guerilla war, so no timeframe can be set," Gilani said.