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.
The present conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have degenerated into a similar bloody guerilla war, with the added bloody cocktail of suicide bombers and child combatants.
In a guerilla war, "difficult" quickly morphs into "nearly impossible." Troops cannot be located, much less inspected.
Not long after, Watson's husband, William Pike, a journalist who had covered the guerilla war in Uganda, was offered an editorial position with Uganda's main newspaper after the guerillas took power.
Fahd also funded the anti-Soviet guerilla war in Afghanistan.
If confirmed, Rahman would be the first British Muslim to have died in the guerilla war against American troops in Iraq.
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. Several years ago, Brian M.
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.
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.