Asymmetric warfare in Basra

Asymmetric warfare in Basra

“If he (the enemy) is superior in strength, evade him. If his forces are united, separate them. Attack him where he is unprepared; appear where you are not expected.” Sun Tzu

“Leveraging inferior tactical or operational strength against American vulnerabilities to achieve disproportionate effect with the aim of undermining American will in order to achieve the asymmetric actor’s strategic objectives.” Lt Col Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr, USMC

Iraq shuts Basra Oil Terminal after attacks

A classic piece of asymmetric warfare. A few suicide bombers shut down a critical port. It’s not even clear if they damaged the port, authorities were so spooked they closed it anyway.

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