Military operations in urban areas are among the most complex challenges confronting the U.S. Army. Analysis of urban terror campaigns in Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan provide insight into operating in this new environment.
Dec 16, 2004
Urban warfare can take many forms, from guerrilla attacks to militia patrols to gang violence, but fighting in cities and towns — where civilians are at risk and combatants can hide more easily — is markedly different from combat in a more open or defined theater of operations. Determining how to assess enemies, mount a defense, and protect civilians is a focus of urban warfare research at RAND.