http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/webform/intlsec/29.3 pdfs/Kramer.pdf The Perils of Counterinsurgency: Russia's War in Chechnya Its a PDF. You can google that URL and get it in HTML, but I'd recommend just reading the PDF, if you don't mind PDF. This is my train reading. And guys... I know this is an emotionally charged topic (if there are any Russians in here), but please refrain from the typical calls for genocide threads like this get. Read the article. This isn't about the politics of the Chechyn conflict, which I know from living in Moscow during Nord Ost, having my McDonalds blown the fuck up, etc. are messy... this is about how to effectively (and in this case ineffectively) conduct a counterinsurgence. Which has direct relevance to our current situation, in a purely strategic and tactical sense. This is part of my train reading (38 hours from Margao, Goa-> Delhi and YES it will be as hot as in Kuwait when I get there), assuming that I can get a power jack in 2nd class AC. I've perused it and determined it revelant and damned good material for this forum It is 59 pages, and I intend to read it all, along with the counter-insurgency manual that Ranger posted, so I'll have an informed ability to interpret the news about Iraq. I encourage you guys to do so as well. The manual to learn how to operate a counterinsurgency... and this article to learn how NOT to operate a counterinsurgency.