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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2017 9:12 p.m. PST

"Civil wars have been given fairly blunt analysis for years. Security analysts have painted all civil wars as "guerrilla wars." It's also common for civil wars to be depicted as featuring near-constant fighting until one side either gives up or is defeated. Very few analysts account for the fluctuating relationships between governments and insurgents.

But guerrilla warfare refers to a specific type of fighting that is not always a feature of civil wars. And the relationship between insurgents and governments is often quite complicated.

Guerilla wars are characterized by a weak combatant fighting a powerful foe through deception. Guerrillas use roadside bombs, sniper attacks, occasional ambushes and sabotage of supply lines to wear down the stronger side's willingness to continue fighting…"
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