The Strategic Limits of Suicide Terrorism in Iraq

  title={The Strategic Limits of Suicide Terrorism in Iraq},
  author={George Michael and Joseph M. Scolnick},
In 2005, suicide attacks in Iraq reached an unprecedented level in the history of modern terrorism. Recent research on the topic of suicide terrorism suggests that this tactic is ‘rational’ in the sense that it fulfills a strategic purpose, that is, to expel foreign occupiers from one's homeland. While this approach may have proven viable in previous conflicts, this article argues that suicide terrorism on such a massive scale as practiced in Iraq could actually be counterproductive. The… CONTINUE READING