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Suicide bombing is the act of blowing oneself up in order to kill (destroy) or injure (damage) a target. The target may be military or civilian or both. Typically, the killing or physical destruction of the target is less important than the terror generated by undertaking the act. This ultimately makes suicide bombing a “disruptive firepower” capability (based on Bond-Relationship Targeting) utilized by opposing forces (OPFORs) which lack traditional destructive firepower.
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Robert J. Bunker and John P. Sullivan, “Suicide Bombings in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Land Warfare Paper W46 (Arlington, VA: Association of the United States Army, September 2004).