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Counterinsurgency Survival

Evasion Tactics

By on February 2, 2017

Special forces, downed pilots and also regular infantry troops might come across a situation where they are alone in enemy territory. SERE (Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion) training prepares military personnel for such an occurrence. If you find yourself on your own behind enemy lines, here is what you…

counterinsurgency tactics: chinook in afghanistan


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US Military Counterinsurgency Capabilities (3)

By on December 22, 2016

An Analysis on US Navy SEAL’s losses in COIN operations

Sixty eight US Navy Seals and Navy personnel assigned to SEAL teams have been killed in action since September 2001. Most of them (55) died in Afghanistan, while 13 were killed in Iraq.
Especially the high number of Navy SEALs who…

US Army in Afghanistan, Wikimedia Commons CC0


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US Military Counterinsurgency Capabilities (2)

By on December 18, 2016

How to accurately measure Battle Damage?

Battle Damage Assessment is  a way to determine the material damage that has been caused by air strikes, artillery fire or other weapons on the enemy.

Most modern militaries involved in counterinsurgency operations have abandoned the century old practice of counting the enemy’s dead bodies…

us counterinsurgency forces take cover to avoid flying debris as they board a helicopter during a mission.


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US Counterinsurgency Capabilities (1)

By on December 16, 2016

An analysis of current US military doctrine and tactics in Counterinsurgency operations

The US military is at war with various insurgent groups in many places around the world for over fifteen years. The results are discouraging: While the situation in Iraq has somehow changed for the better, after a massive…

Afghan and US troops in a joint operation in Afganistan


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Counterinsurgency Movements

By on December 7, 2016

In Guerrilla warfare both sides heavily rely on infantry troops. While it is clear that an insurgent force is often not able to conduct many of its operations with the help of motorized vehicles, this is less obvious for a counterinsurgency force.

However, the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan…

Important elements of counterinsurgency: Marines patrol in rough conditions,


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The most important elements of counterinsugency operations

By on November 20, 2016

There is no quick solution when it comes to successfully fighting a guerrilla army. Patience is demanded.

There’s also no cheap solution. Guerrilla wars are tedious affairs. Therefore the first thing a counterinsurgency or anti guerrilla force has to do is to be ready for a long and costly campaign.

Most important…

An important element of counterinsurgency is air assault: Huey Gun Ship pickup 1969, Vietnam, Pixabay CC0 Public Domain ​


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On Counterinsurgency

By on November 18, 2016

Many books and manuals have been written about counterinsurgency strategies. But looking at the current situations in Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan, it seems that either nobody has read any of these writings, or the given advice is wrong or not applicable.
It is often said that to understand counterinsurgency, one…

Roland Bartetzko
Prishtinë, Kosovë

This blog was created by Roland Bartetzko with the help and support of his friends. Bartetzko served in the German Army, the Croatian Defense Council (HVO) during the Bosnian War and with the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) during the 1999 Kosovo War. Last year he published a study about radical Islam in Kosovo. Bartetzko has a university degree in law and is currently working for a law firm in Pristina, Kosovo. The aim of this blog is to show the wide range of aspects which are all named "unconventional warfare" and show them from different angles and perspectives. A person interested in learning about counterinsurgency might get new insights if he or she is reading about the insurgent's point of view. And persons who are worried that their country might be overrun one day by a bigger and stronger neighbor will find some useful advice how to prepare themselves. This site is for everybody who is interested in the matter and we therefore try to avoid special military terms which might not be easily understandable for a civilian. Thus said, we are far from perfect. To make this website special we need your help! If you have a comment, a suggestion or if you want to contribute with an article or post, don't hesitate and contact us!

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