compromise the main defences [compromise = weaken?]


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BBC NEWS :The military strategy behind IS conquests

Added to this are the droves of individual suicide bombers deployed both when attacking and when under attack.

Smaller urban areas are overrun using a "pinch manoeuvre" with VBIEDS attacking from two sides, followed by jihadists wearing suicide vests and then by a wave of lightly armed and highly mobile vehicles and foot soldiers.

Larger cities are taken by a combination of infiltration, particularly into disenfranchised Sunni communities in Iraq and through what the ISW study calls the Belt Strategy: "A way to organise a battle plan around a principle city using dispersed units, informal tactics and freedom of manoeuvre to compromise the main defences of a conventional enemy."

Does compromise mean 'weaken' here?
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