1. A form of rebellion in which a dissident faction instigates the commission of acts of civil disobedience, sabotage and terrorism, and wages irregular warfare in order to overthrow a government or disintegrate part of the national territory. In its ultimate stages it could escalate to a conflict on conventional lines. Although insurgency often starts internally, it has seldom been known to succeed without outside assistance, support and encouragement. (AFPM 3-8-1) 2. Is a condition where an organized movement aims to overthrow a constituted government through the use of subversion and armed conflict. It is a condition of politically motivated conflict involving significant intra- or interstate violence but usually short of large-scale operations by opposing forces. (PAM 3-00)

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