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Infrastructure and Irregular Warfare: A Good Year for Afghan Dams | RealClearDefense

Infrastructure and Irregular Warfare: A Good Year for Afghan Dams | RealClearDefense

There are few elements of strategic infrastructure more important in irregular warfare than hydroelectric dams.  They address two of the three biggest development priorities in most countries—power and water—and they have huge, multigenerational social and economic impacts.  Dams also help legitimize the government that operates them, since they provide key basic services to the people at the same time that they raise revenue through the sale of electricity.  Because of that, some dams are aggressively targeted by insurgents.

Source: Infrastructure and Irregular Warfare: A Good Year for Afghan Dams | RealClearDefense