RUSI JournalVolume 163Issue 1members only

Blood Between Us: Psychological Occupation and Resistance in Mosul


The resourceful resistance effort in Mosul provides useful lessons on how psychological operations can be effectively countered.

Following the liberation of Mosul, it is now possible to examine how local activists evolved into a coherent resistance movement during three years of occupation. In this article, Michael Stevens discusses how this evolution, particularly in non-lethal and information activities, provides lessons in how to build local, sustainable resilience in populations that are vulnerable to adversary narratives, with potential for global application.

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