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Atrocities in Britain’s Counter-Insurgencies

RUSI Journal, 2 June 2011
UK, History, Law and Ethics
Atrocities and excesses in counter-insurgency are by no means a modern phenomenon

The current scrutiny of British conduct in Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of allegations of abuse of civilians has raised some troubling questions. But as a review of British history shows, from Northern Ireland to Kenya, atrocities and excesses are by no means a phenomenon unique to ‘modern’ small wars or today’s generation of soldiers.

 Benest June 2011

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