Publié le 27/06/2006


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This article suggests that the tactics and strategy used by Jihadists are not completely new. The strategic posture of Jihadist groups can indeed be compared to the one adopted by guerilla movements in the 1950’s-1970’s. Jihadists and guerilla fighters have at least three common features: they are aware of their asymmetric position; they try to introduce tactical innovations to prevent themselves from being defeated; they know that the necessary condition for victory is popular support.Marc Hecker is Assistant of Research at the Department of the Safety Studies of Ifri.