Insurgency in Algiers…and Baghdad

Friday, November 14, 2003

Perhaps the biggest challenge faced by occupying armies fighting hostile insurgents is that the guerrillas never fight them on their own terms. So how to prepare war planners for these sorts of conflicts? How about taking them to the movies? A few months ago, Pentagon officials were invited to a special in-house screening of the 1966 classic "The Battle of Algiers." Rand Corporation terrorism analyst Bruce Hoffman routinely uses the film in his courses, and tells Bob why.

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