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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
civil disturbances
Harakat ul-Mujahadin
Irregular Warfare
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades
Jaysh al-Mahdi
political crimes

Narrower Terms:

M136 AT4
M141 Bunker Defeat Munition
M47 Dragon
M72 Improved Light Antiarmor Weapon
M72 Light Antitank Weapon
Rocket Propelled Grenade
Rocket Propelled Grenade - 16
Rocket Propelled Grenade - 18
Rocket Propelled Grenade - 2
Rocket Propelled Grenade - 22
Rocket Propelled Grenade - 26
Rocket Propelled Grenade - 27
Rocket Propelled Grenade - 28
Rocket Propelled Grenade - 29
Rocket Propelled Grenade - 32
Rocket Propelled Grenade - 7
RPG (Russian)
Sons of Iraq

Related Terms:

cache search operation
counter ied
foreign terrorist organization
guerrilla warfare
hybrid warfare
irregular threat
Muqtada al-Sadr
Muslim Brotherhood
political conditions

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