War in the modern world

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  • War in the Modern World
    • Can terrorism be defined as war?
      • For
        • (In Theory) - Terrorism is closely related to Guerrilla and Revolutionary Warfare.
        • (By Definition) - Terrorism involves all three levels of War; Strategy, Operations and Tactics.
        • (By Definition) - Can be split into Physical, Moral and Conceptual components.
        • "War is an extension of politics"  - Terrorism is an extreme extension of war.
          • Against
            • Terrorists class as 'Violent Non-State Actors' under international law.
            • Because of this, under the Geneva convention, the VNSA procedure is different. VNSA's are treated as a mix between Combatant and Non-Combatant.
            • Conventional Warfare (Symmetrical) = State versus State.
              • Unconventional Warfare (Asymetrical) = State versus VNSA.
            • Unconventional Warfare (Asymetrical) = State versus VNSA.
      • Against
        • Terrorists class as 'Violent Non-State Actors' under international law.
        • Because of this, under the Geneva convention, the VNSA procedure is different. VNSA's are treated as a mix between Combatant and Non-Combatant.
        • Conventional Warfare (Symmetrical) = State versus State.
      • Can modern wars be won without air superiority?
        • Six Day War (1967)
          • Israeli air force dominates Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian air forces despite being numerically out matched.
          • Israel's (C3 / C3I), Preemptive strike and skilled pilots and ground crews allowed them to destroy opposition almost immediately.
        • Dunkirk (1940)
          • German air power dominates the skies over Dunkirk, picking off waiting troops on the beach.
          • British forces only had limited air support for a few hours at a time with long gaps between.
        • Arab Revolt (1916 - 1918)
          • Arabs harassed by sorties from the Ottoman Empire.
          • Arabs conduct guerrilla campaign against the Ottomans despite superior firepower and air support from the Ottomans.
      • Three third world countries at odds with the west.
        • Afghanistan (2001 - 2017)
          • Taliban turn out victorious in the Afghan civil war and run the country according to strict Sharia laws.
            • Al Qaeda are harbouring within Afghanistan and Pakistan's Pushtu tribal regions.
              • Al Qaeda launch an attack on the US killing almost 3000 people.
                • US demands that the Taliban hand over Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. They fail to do so and America invokes 'Article 5' of the NATO treaty.
          • The Taliban's opposition in Afghanistan (The Northern Alliance) work with Coalition air power to remove the Taliban from Government.
            • The Taliban come back as an insurgency, ISAF gets entangled in a long and costly COIN operation.
              • Majority of combat troops withdraw in 2014/2015. Leaving only training teams and advisers to help Afghan security forces fight the Taliban.
        • Iraq (2003 - 2011)
          • Saddam Hussein believed to have 'weapons of mass destruction' (He didn't it was for the oil).
          • Coalition (USA, UK Poland etc) invade Iraq in 2003 and defeat Saddam.
          • Britain entangled in a messy COIN operation in Southern Iraq that ends badly. Terrorist and militant groups running a mock.
          • Britain withdraw with a tarnished reputation.
        • Argentina (Falklands War, 1982)
          • Background: Argentina wants the Falklands - Maggy Thatchers says oi get lost its ours.
          • Britain responds with a fleet of carriers, ships, aircraft and 3 commando brigade and 5 Infantry Brigade.
          • Despite some ships being sunk before landing at San-Carlos Water, 3 Commando Brigade and 5 Inf. went on to defeat Argentine troops at Goose Green, Tumbledown, Wireless Ridge and Port Stanley.

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