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July 27, 2007



I think your definition of insurgent is not correct, in the dictionary sense, and in the real-world sense in Iraq. Home-grown Sunnis and Shia can be insurgents, completely supported by Iraqi resources.

is a fighter from a foreign country, armed by its government, who enters a different country and commits acts of violence intended to help his homeland.

Dictionary.com defines the word from several sources as follows:

a person who rises in forcible opposition to lawful authority, esp. a person who engages in armed resistance to a government or to the execution of its laws; rebel.

The Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka were/are home-grown, I believe. There isn't a foreign connection (origin of the fighter or support by outside country) needed to earn the word. Armed resistence is the source of the concept.

The Nicaraguan Sandinista terrorists were another home-grown insurgent group, that was opposed by another insurgent group of locals (the Contras) but with outside (US) support.

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