The new insurgent playbook

We’re four years into the insurgency in Iraq, and depending on whom you ask, anywhere from a few months to over a year into a sectarian civil war there. And things aren’t getting better. In fact the insurgents continue “adapting to win” in new and deadly ways. They’re bringing down U.S. helicopters with greater success, ...

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We're four years into the insurgency in Iraq, and depending on whom you ask, anywhere from a few months to over a year into a sectarian civil war there. And things aren't getting better.

We’re four years into the insurgency in Iraq, and depending on whom you ask, anywhere from a few months to over a year into a sectarian civil war there. And things aren’t getting better.

In fact the insurgents continue “adapting to win” in new and deadly ways. They’re bringing down U.S. helicopters with greater success, incorporating chemicals like chlorine into bombs, and creating deadlier (and highly feared) new IEDs. In this week’s List, we break down the new insurgent playbook and how the new tactics are changing the nature of the fight.

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Carolyn O'Hara is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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