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QPME: Small Wars and Irregular Warfare

The small wars of the Marine Corps play an important part in Marine Corps history - and a provide a foundation for understanding modern-day irregular warfare and counterinsurgency operations.

Maps: Banana Wars


" ... achieving victory for an insurgent may depend less on defeating an armed opponent and more on a group’s ability to garner support for its political interests (often ideologically based) and to generate enough violence to achieve political consequences."

Insurgencies and Countering Insurgencies, FM 3-24/MCWP 3-33.5


Portion of map of Central America, the West Indies South America and portions of the United States and Mexico.
United Fruit Company, 1909. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 

Maps: IW and COIN Regions


Political map of Afghanistan, 2008. 
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin.


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