This thread is to investigate the question of what constitutes a legitimate target by resistance forces. The main scenario under consideration is Iraq, but I imagine much would apply to the Israeli-Palestinian situation as well. The title asks it all -- what are legitimate targets for a resistance force? When starting this thread, I decided that I'd look at the first three links I got off of doing a Yahoo! news search on "Iraq" that looked like they contained examples of insurgent action, just to get started. They were: http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050626/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_the_images_1 http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050626/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_050626111836 http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20050626/wl_afp/iraq_050626112117 At this point, I've only read a little bit of the first link. Now, reading through them... Some examples of insurgent actions (not intended to be a representative sample) from the first link: "Underneath is the body of a 10-year-old girl, killed in her neighborhood by a roadside bomb." "In photograph after photograph, burned-out wreckages hulk under highway overpasses, straddle sidewalks, slam into the sides of tanker trucks." "From a helicopter hovering near the Syrian border, an image is made of 10 dead men, outlined by an expanse of desert ... They are thought to have been off-duty Iraqi soldiers, dressed in civilian clothes, driving two minivans across the desert toward a vacation in Baghdad." "an Iraqi translator kidnapped five months ago with a French journalist" From the second: "The first attack happened at a police headquarters in Mosul, killing 13 policemen and two civilians and wounding six more" "a suicide bomber blew himself up in a parking lot outside an Iraqi army base, killing 16 and wounding seven more, Walter said. Almost all the victims were civilian workers arriving at the site" "a suicide car bomb struck an Iraqi police convoy near a checkpoint, wounding four police officers" "a suicide bomber trailed by five cars loaded with armed insurgents slammed into a wall outside the home of an Iraqi special forces police officer in the Sunni triangle city of Samarra, killing at least nine people on the street" "insurgents rounded up eight police officers at a checkpoint outside the western city of Ramadi, then marched them into their office and shot them to death," And from the third: "The bomber drove a pickup truck loaded with explosives concealed under a cargo of melons to the back wall of the Al-Hadba police station" "a deputy police chief in Baghdad, was gunned down outside his home" "One of the attacks involved insurgents blowing up a dog strapped with explosives as a police convoy drove by." "the disfigured bodies of nine Shiite sheep dealers were brought home to their native Karbala province" "on Saturday the bodies of five poultry dealers were found south of Baghdad, after the discovery of six bodies north of the capital the previous day." I don't know if we can tell if these are typical insurgent actions or not, but anyways... I think it's clear that many of these examples should not be considered legitimate targets... do I have agreement on this? Do people think police forces should be legitimate targets? What about off-duty military personel? We see that frequently there are civilian casualties. Do you think insurgents appear to be trying to avoid civilian casualties in attacks against the police and military? Or are the Iraqi government and coalition forces negligent for placing legitimate targets near population centers? Or, are these simply acceptable casualties?