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British Army prepares for urban combat increase

6th February 2018 - 17:16 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London

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The recent surge in fighting in densely-populated cities, particularly in Iraq and Syria, is leading Western armies to reassess how they train and prepare for urban warfare following years of counter-insurgency (COIN) operations.

Senior Western officers, including the US Army’s chief of staff Gen Mark Milley have noted that urbanisation and the growth of ‘megacities’ will have a significant impact on the character of warfare and will influence doctrine, training and technology for years to come.

Defence planners in the UK are particularly keen to revisit the principles of fighting in complex, built-up areas, something that the British Army became …

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