Welcome to a new kind of war: the rise of endless urban conflict | Cities | The Guardian
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In the 21st century, the search for national security has become a source of urban insecurity.
The traditional security paradigm in our western-style democracies fails to accommodate a key feature of today’s wars: when our major powers go to war, the enemies they now encounter are irregular combatants. Not troops, organised into armies; but “freedom” fighters, guerrillas, terrorists. Some are as easily grouped by common purpose as they are disbanded. Others engage in wars with no end in sight.