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Terror Tactics and Techniques for our Times

Stop and think about terrorist tactics over the last decade for a minute, if you would. Al-Qaeda and similar groups’ tactics, at any rate, if you’re confused about what constitutes terrorism and what doesn’t.

We’ve seen traditional explosive-vest suicide bombings, VBIEDs, regular IEDs, sniping, the use of explosively-formed projectiles, the use of jets as weapons, the use of rockets and mortars and other indirect-fire weapons, and a couple of obscure oddities like camels rigged with explosives. (No, really.)

What kind of surprises me, though, is that when you start looking at specifics, a lot of the most spectacularly successful techniques were only used for a brief period of time.
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Published in: General, History | on May 6th, 2009 | 1 Comment »