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asymmetric warfare


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  • n. armed conflict between belligerents having different strengths and weaknesses


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  • Until recently, the meaning was limited to the application of surprise force by a terrorist against a stronger force’s vulnerability, but ever since the Sept. 11 attack, Pentagonians have been applying asymmetric warfare to the kind of commando and anti-guerrilla techniques, drawing heavily on intelligence data, to be used against Taliban forces in Afghanistan—using non-superpower strength to go after a weaker foe’s vulnerabilities.

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  • It still sounds way too euphemistic a term, if you ask me. Why bother coming up with a fancy name for this "activity" when there are so many simpler ways to phrase it? Assymetric warfare to an average person doesn't say anything. I had to look it up, and I have a college degree. Still, thanks for an alternative definition!

    July 14, 2008

  • No, it's more to do with using a conventional army to tackle suicide bombers etc.

    July 14, 2008

  • assymetric warfare – a euphemism for local violence or unrest, suicide bombing; contained violence

    July 14, 2008