Beheading the Hydra? Does Killing Terrorist or Insurgent Leaders Work?

@article{Dear2013BeheadingTH,
  title={Beheading the Hydra? Does Killing Terrorist or Insurgent Leaders Work?},
  author={K. Dear},
  journal={Defence Studies},
  year={2013},
  volume={13},
  pages={293 - 337}
}
  • K. Dear
  • Published 2013
  • Economics
  • Defence Studies
  • As Alexander was troubled by the hydra-like nature of his Afghan opponents so today is NATO. The Taliban’s leadership has been pursued continuously and ever more intensely since the start of the conflict in 2001, and is now being killed, according to senior American and British commanders, ‘on an industrial scale’. Twelve thousand insurgents were reportedly killed or captured by Special Forces in ‘night raids’ targeting named individuals in the 12 months to May 2011 while there were 350 night… CONTINUE READING
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