I know that obstacles and mines need to be covered by fire, but I wonder whether that is as true as it was - anti-handling devices, drones........ British forces are taking casualties moving over ground that isn't worth holding - no strategic importance - and is worthless for agricultural purposes. Could the policing/fighting task be simplified by clearing huge areas of the country and using a bucketload of razorwire and mines to ensure they couldn't be re-colonised? Most of the country is shit anyway, and simply provides entry and escape routes - bit of compensation for the poor benighted bas****ds who live there, lay mines.. Imagine how much easier life would be if 70% of what has to be controlled at the minute is represented on the map as shaded areas that can be forgotten about. Preserving the mine-free status of the remaining routes might be easier, and anyone wanting to move would be forced through checkpoints.