Definition/Scope: (JP 3-0) An organized movement aimed at the overthrow of a constituted government through use of subversion and armed conflict. It is a condition of politically motivated conflict involving significant intra- or interstate violence but usually short of large-scale operations by opposing conventional forces. Insurgencies often include widespread use of irregular forces and terrorist tactics. An insurgency may develop in the aftermath of general war or through degeneration of unstable peace. Insurgencies may also emerge on their own from chronic social or economic conditions. In addition, some conflicts, such as the Chinese Revolution, have escalated from protracted insurgencies into general wars. Intervention by a foreign power in an insurgency may increase the threat to regional stability.
Broader Terms:Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade
Narrower Terms:M136 AT4
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