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Treading on Hallowed Ground: Counterinsurgency Operations in Sacred Spaces

C. Christine Fair and Sumit Ganguly

Abstract

After America's Iraq adventure devolved into a debacle, a chorus of commentators and analysts noted that the U.S. military had no plan to fight a counterinsurgency campaign. Given the failure of conventional tactics, America in the last two years has redoubled its efforts to develop a new strategy to fight the Iraqi insurgency, and has gone so far as to place its leading counterinsurgency expert, General David Petraeus, in charge of the Iraq theater. In sum, there seems to be a growing consensus that for better or worse, counterinsurgency will be a core tactic in future American military campa ... More

Keywords: Iraq, U.S. military, America, General David Petraeus, military campaign, sacred spaces, churches, mosques, shrines, temples

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195342048
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342048.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. Christine Fair, editor
RAND Corporation

Sumit Ganguly, editor
Indiana University, Bloomington

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