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Stop overestimating the threat posed by Russia’s ‘new’ form of warfare

Russia's hybrid war is neither new nor particularly effective Image: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Sir Lawrence Freedman

Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London

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Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes on Hizbollah's stronghold in southern Beirut July 14, 2006. Israel battered roads, mobile phone antennas and fuel tanks in Lebanon on Friday, inflicting further devastation on its neighbour's economy in reprisal for the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hizbollah guerrillas.
Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes on Hizbollah's stronghold in southern Beirut. Image: REUTERS/SHARIF KARIM
A part of the wreckage is seen at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), in the Donetsk region July 21, 2014. Russia's Defence Ministry on Monday challenged accusations pro-Russian rebels were to blame for shooting down a Malaysian airliner and asked the United States to produce satellite images to support its assertions. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17. Image: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

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