Fourth Generation Warfare

The Next Stage of the Insurgency?

Already we have seen the destruction of enemy military bases, military vehicles, and star chambers, the direct expropriation of ruling class assets, the assassination of enemy troops, and demands for the releases of incarcerated insurgents. What would be the next stage? When will low-grade fourth-generation warfare be increased to high-grade?


The Assault of Ayacucho prison was an incident in the Peruvian city of Ayacucho, also known as Huamanga, on March 2, 1982. A group of 150 armed terrorists, members of the Sendero Luminoso, or Shining Path, staged simultaneous assaults on two local police stations before staging an assault on the prison, resulting in the release of 255 inmates. After a 5-hour battle, 16 people, including two prison guards, were dead and 12 people were wounded.


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