Since direct fighting is connected with great risk

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Since direct fighting is connected with great risk, the insurgent will use more indirect tactics such as ambushes, roadside bombs and indirect firing weapons. Whatever the impression generated by the media, these methods in fact are not completely unfamiliar to regular forces.
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A roadside bomb is fundamentally the same as an intelligent mine, and a suicide bomber is much like an auto-guided bomb. These are aspects of warfare to which a modern force always has to relate. So the basic tactics developed in traditional conflicts are still useful. Western forces do in fact win the majority of the tactical confrontations in the present conflicts.
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MEANS The tools of war have always included more than just military means. During the Second World War, economic sanctions, diplomatic approaches and similar instruments were applied to the full extent. The difference between traditional warfare and insurgency warfare is more likely to involve the extent to which different means are used in different cases. In traditional wars there is a clearer separation in terms of time and area between the individual political means of power used.
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Traditionally, diplomacy works before and after a war or in connection with a ceasefire situation. Economic means of power are used during the entire conflict: before the battle in the form of sanctions and trade barriers during the conflict. Example: oil and economic embargo. Typically in the form of blockades carried out by the military, and after the conflict as a means of ensuring that the defeated party remains on the course set out by the victor.
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In the field of information, the available media are used to demonise the opponent prior to the fight and during the fight. After victory, engagement in this area ensures that the victory is maintained and used by influencing the defeated country. Counterinsurgency challenges this established hierarchy. In counterinsurgency conflicts, diplomatic efforts often fail because insurgents are not susceptible to influence through dialogue. Since the insurgent by definition does not have control of a country, he cannot establish a diplomatic representation. Nor does the insurgent recognise any rules of engagement, which is why agreements are not necessarily respected.
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The military cannot deliver a result alone. Instead, a dynamic situation of security is often the result, which can only be maintained for a limited period of time if no progress is made on the civilian front. Thus, the traditional decisive battle disappears and is replaced by a long series of tactical engagements which have no direct strategic significance. An unusual dependency on civilian players is the result, because these civilian players have a greater influence than the military with regard to ending a conflict.
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