The Moro War by James R. Arnold
How America Battled a Muslim Insurgency in the Philippine Jungle, 1902-1913

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As the global war on terror enters its second decade, the United States military is engaged with militant Islamic insurgents on multiple fronts. But the post-9/11 war against terrorists is not the first time the United States has battled such ferocious foes. The forgotten Moro War, lasting from 1902 to 1913 in the islands of the southern Philippines, was the first confrontation between American soldiers and their allies and a determined Muslim insurgency.




The Moro War prefigured American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan more than superficially: It was a bitter, drawn-out conflict in which American policy and aims were fiercely contested between advocates of punitive military measures and proponents of conciliation.




As in today's Middle East, American soldiers battled guerrillas in a foreign environment where the enemy knew the terrain and enjoyed local support. The deadliest challenge was distinguishing civilians from suicidal attackers. Moroland became a crucible of leadership for the U.S. Army, bringing the force that had fought the Civil War and the Plains Indian Wars into the twentieth century. The officer corps of the Moro campaign matured into the American generals of World War I. Chief among them was the future general John Pershing-who learned lessons in the island jungles that would guide his leadership in France.




Rich with relevance to today's news from the Middle East, and a gripping piece of storytelling, The Moro War is a must-read to understand a formative conflict too long overlooked and to anticipate the future of U.S. involvement overseas.

 

About James R. Arnold

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James R. Arnold is the author of more than twenty books, including Jungle of Snakes: A Century of Counterinsurgency Warfare from the Philippines to Iraqknl (named one of the Best Books of 2009 by the St.Louis Post-Dispatch). He lives on a farm near Lexington, Virginia.
 
Published July 26, 2011 by Bloomsbury Press. 316 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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But the Americans gradually began to gain control of the province, partly by enlisting both Moros and northern Filipinos as auxiliary troops, or “scouts.” While the war as a whole was not a matter of set battles, the futility of the Moro resistance was most clearly shown in two actions—massacres,...

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Mark Moyar reviews "The Moro War: How America Battled a Muslim Insurgency
in the Philippine Jungle, 1902-1913" by James R. Arnold.

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As a young colonial power, the U.S. governed the Moro people directly, with American Army officers serving as provincial and district governors.

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Dallas News

As historian James Arnold notes, America’s longest sustained military engagement was the Moro War, extending from the signing of the Treaty of Paris that formally ended the Spanish-American War in 1898, until 1913.

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The forgotten Moro War, lasting from 1902 to 1913 in the islands of the southern Philippines, was the first confrontation between American soldiers and their allies and a determined Muslim insurgency.The Moro War prefigured American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan more than superficially: It ...

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Americans won essentially all engagements in this 11-year campaign because the Moros were incompetent insurgents, preferring to fight from behind massive earthwork forts rather than in the jungle, which was perfect for guerrilla warfare.

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