counterinsurgency

noun
coun·ter·in·sur·gen·cy | \ˌkau̇n-tər-in-ˈsər-jən(t)-sē \

Definition of counterinsurgency 

: organized military activity designed to combat insurgency

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counterinsurgent \ˌkau̇n-tər-in-ˈsər-jənt \ noun

Examples of counterinsurgency in a Sentence

The military has launched a counterinsurgency.

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About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since the government launched a violent counterinsurgency campaign last August in western Myanmar, where most live. Washington Post, "US broadcaster loses Myanmar outlet over Rohingya name," 11 June 2018 Myanmar’s military responded with counterinsurgency sweeps and was accused of widespread human rights violations, including rape, murder, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes. Time, "The U.N. Urges Myanmar to Seek Accountability for Violence Against Rohingya," 11 May 2018 The United States has renewed its commitment to the counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. Mujib Mashal, BostonGlobe.com, "At least 38 die in Afghan attacks, including 10 journalists," 30 Apr. 2018 Myanmar contends that the operations are legitimate counterinsurgency measures in response to attacks by Rohingya militants on border guard posts in August. Eli Meixler, Time, "Myanmar Says Its Soldiers Are to Blame For the Deaths of 10 Rohingya Found in a Mass Grave," 11 Jan. 2018 Examples of such a warplane include the A-29 Super Tucano counterinsurgency aircraft (above) and the Textron AirLand Scorpion, though the Air Force might look into entirely new designs or a derivative of the upcoming new jet trainer. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Looking Into a New Warplane To (Kind Of) Replace the A-10," 9 Mar. 2016 Avoiding such conversations was untenable with service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, who were enmeshed in messy counterinsurgency campaigns that often involved close-range killing and noncombatants. New York Times, "The Wounds of the Drone Warrior," 13 June 2018 Four militants and a police official with the counterinsurgency force were killed in the fighting, said Col. Aijaz Hussain, The Christian Science Monitor, "India takes control of Kashmir territory," 25 June 2018 Officially called the Army Special Forces, the unit, known by the caps the soldiers wore, was composed of soldiers trained in counterinsurgency and guerrilla warfare techniques. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Maj. Gen. Michael Healy, Paragon Among Green Berets, Dies at 91," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of counterinsurgency

1962, in the meaning defined above

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counterinsurgency

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English Language Learners Definition of counterinsurgency

: action by a group, army, etc., against people who are fighting to take control of a government

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