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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:27 AM   #11

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Old November 27th, 2012, 12:34 PM   #12

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The key to winning is to not look weak and to deny the enemies resources. You cannot be heavy handed as this will just give the enemy more willing soldiers. Limiting the supplies of the insurgents will strain them, making them weaker, and eventually their movement will run out of steam and crumble. Also you have to look as if you benefit the populace , they will support you rather than the enemy.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 05:17 AM   #13

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Cut them off from their moral and logistical supply base,don't lose patience.
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COIN is first and foremost a test of Will
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COIN is first and foremost a test of Will
I think that applies to all forms of warfare
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I think that applies to all forms of warfare
Quite true, Poly. Insurgency requires a LOT of will, typically theyre outnumbered by superior forces. On the COIN side, it can be a long protracted war so the same principle applies. For both sides, its how much are you willing to sacrifice and how long are you willing to do it?
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It takes a lot of will and endurance. It took Sri Lanka 26 years to defeat the Tamil Tigers, and it took Charlemagne 30 years to subdue the Saxons, but ultimately both insurgencies were defeated.
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There are many reasons why insurgencies succeed. The two main physical reasons are logistical supply, both internal and external and the rate of troop replacement, ie. the number of people coming of age each year. In Vietnam the North was supplied from outside and relative to losses, they had more than sufficient young men coming of age each year to replace their horrific losses.
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