The counterinsurgent is bound to the defence of and

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The counterinsurgent is bound to the defence of and has the responsibility for a given area, strategy and avoid decisive battles for the control of cities, infrastructure and land areas .
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One of the most important strengths of a insurgent is that he is not bound or burdened by territory. He is indiscernible, and usually he gives up territory freely in order to gain time. If he is forced to abandon a base, a village or a position he merely moves his activities to another area, where the counterinsurgents, due to limited resources or political restrictions, are not present in great numbers. The paradox, then, is that the military weakness of the insurgent is also the essential source of his strength, since he is forced into the role of a “free bird” (free territory) in the conflict. As described in one of the classical works of COIN literature: “The strategy of conventional warfare prescribes the conquest of the enemy’s territory, the destruction of his forces.
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The trouble here is that the enemy holds no territory and refuses to fight for it. He is everywhere and nowhere. By concentrating sufficient forces, the counterinsurgent can at any time to be at any place that they intend. Such an operation, if well sustained, may reduce guerrilla activity, but if the situation becomes untenable for the guerrillas, they will transfer their activity to another area and the problem remains unsolved.
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To the insurgent, escape and retreat are not associated with shame or the loss of face. Instead, they constitute a special discipline which – according to Mao Tse-Tung – should be mastered to perfection by any insurgent or guerrilla soldier. The freedom from territorial responsibility also helps to make the military superiority of the counterinsurgent less relevant. The insurgent’s willingness and ability to hide undermines and erodes the significance of superior fire power, discipline and training.
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TACTICS In most cases, a regular military force will be superior to irregular forces tactically speaking; better training, better equipment and better leadership combined with the advantage of being able to call on support from advanced weapon systems normally put regular forces at a tactical advantage.
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Thus, the insurgent will only seek a confrontation when circumstances are in his favour. The intention of the irregular combatant will often be to create losses with a view to eroding the political will to fight in the home countries of the regular forces.
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