counterinsurgency

noun
coun·​ter·​in·​sur·​gen·​cy | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-in-ˈsər-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce counterinsurgency (audio) \

Definition of counterinsurgency

: organized military activity designed to combat insurgency

Other Words from counterinsurgency

counterinsurgent \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​in-​ˈsər-​jənt How to pronounce counterinsurgency (audio) \ noun

Examples of counterinsurgency in a Sentence

The military has launched a counterinsurgency.
Recent Examples on the Web After 20 years of counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan, Americans are understandably weary of foreign entanglements. Robert C. O’brien And Alexander B. Gray, WSJ, 24 Feb. 2022 For example, his base and the Joint Readiness Training Center in Louisiana both shifted to counterinsurgency training during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Lolita C. Baldor, Chron, 16 Apr. 2022 Britain started supplying antitank missiles to Ukraine in January, before the invasion, but those weapons were designed to help Ukraine defend itself in a counterinsurgency-style war. William Mauldin, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Furthermore, engaging in tactics like intimidation, collective punishment, corruption or looting are all cited as factors that would make a counterinsurgency potentially less successful. Katharina Buchholz, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 According to the Rand study, few past counterinsurgency operations that relied on force alone could actually succeed. Katharina Buchholz, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Two years later, he was convicted of human rights violations for the extrajudicial killings of 25 civilians by death squads during his government’s counterinsurgency campaign. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Whether fighting large-scale combat operations or a counterinsurgency, modern war is about controlling urban terrain. Lionel Beehner And John Spencer, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 The Philippine resistance turned against the United States, which fought a years-long counterinsurgency war to maintain control. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of counterinsurgency

1962, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2022

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“Counterinsurgency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterinsurgency. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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