Westgate mall attacks: urban areas are the battleground of the 21st century (The Guardian)

As the terror attack in Nairobi this week brutally illustrates, cities will be the war zones of the future.

Things aren’t where we left them when we headed off into the mountains after 9/11. When the hangover clears, and the generation that fought in Afghanistan and Iraq comes home from these wars, we’ll find that much of what we thought we understood has changed. The future (crowded, coastal, urban, connected) will be so different from Afghanistan (remote, landlocked, rural) that we’ll have to reconsider much of what we think we know about 21st-century conflict.

Read David Kilcullen’s full article on The Guardian website.

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