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7 wars that defined the decade and changed how we fight around the world

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  The past decade has tested military alliances and brought on
  threats few could have imagined.
  
  ISIS's use of social media to recruit fighters and
  disseminate propaganda was unprecedented, Philippines President
  Rodrigo Duterte's government has relied on Facebook
  disinformation to bolster support for his drug war and disparage
  his enemies. 
  
  Russia has used both Syria and Ukraine as testing fields for
  hardware and propaganda campaigns.
  
  
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  The past decade has tested military alliances and brought 0n
  threats few could have imagined.

  In many ways, the principles of conflict never change - there is
  always an enemy to be vanquished, and the consequences are always
  tragic. But in the past decade, technology re-defined how we
  fight most of our conflicts. 

  Whether it's artificial intelligence, disinformation, or
  hypersonic missiles, this decade's conflicts have been defined by
  rapid technological advances - and the manipulation of
  technologies built for civilian use. 

  From North Korea's nuclear threats to Syria's chaotic
  battlefield, here are the conflicts that have defined our decade.

  • The past decade has tested military alliances and brought on threats few could have imagined.
  • ISIS's use of social media to recruit fighters and disseminate propaganda was unprecedented, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's government has relied on Facebook disinformation to bolster support for his drug war and disparage his enemies.
  • Russia has used both Syria and Ukraine as testing fields for hardware and propaganda campaigns.
  • Visit Business Insider's home page for more stories.

The past decade has tested military alliances and brought 0n threats few could have imagined.

In many ways, the principles of conflict never change - there is always an enemy to be vanquished, and the consequences are always tragic. But in the past decade, technology re-defined how we fight most of our conflicts.

Whether it's artificial intelligence, disinformation, or hypersonic missiles, this decade's conflicts have been defined by rapid technological advances - and the manipulation of technologies built for civilian use.

From North Korea's nuclear threats to Syria's chaotic battlefield, here are the conflicts that have defined our decade.

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