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Militants Use Disguise In Attacks

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Terrorists used disguise to execute two attacks in Iraq recently. A suicide bomber wearing a police uniform detonated his explosives at a police checkpoint near a Shiite mosque the southern Iraqi city of Basra recently, killing at least 53 people and injuring more than 137 others. Then just one day later militants wearing police uniforms executed a brazen attack on the western Iraqi city of Ramadi’s anti-terrorism police building killing least 21 people many of them police personnel and injuring more that 14 others.

Remember that in the past many social scientists referred to guerrilla warfare as the “weapon of the weak” and terrorism as the “weapon of the weakest.” Terrorists use violence to generate fear, and thereby achieve their political goals. Experts say that terrorists target two types of targets: symbolic items of the country, and places with large numbers of people.

Additionally, remember that infiltration is a classic tactic, officials have warned that terrorists could use uniforms as a means of to bypass established security protocols and strike hardened, high-value targets.  In today’s threat environment, the potential exists for the use of official looking uniforms to bypass security and gain access to a secure area for terrorist activities or an actual terrorist attack.

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