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

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

Examples of counterinsurgency in a Sentence

The military has launched a counterinsurgency.

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Both emphasize a shift from counterterrorism and counterinsurgency efforts toward a focus on large power competition, such as from China and Russia, forming the basis for future budget and policy priorities. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Trump Outlines Broader Missile-Defense Strategy," 17 Jan. 2019 Myanmar's military responded with counterinsurgency sweeps and a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages. Fox News, "Human rights group opposes moving Rohingya to island camp," 6 Aug. 2018 The study hails the switch to a counterinsurgency strategy overseen by Gen. David Petraeus, here in Baghdad in 2007, and Gen. Odierno. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "The Army Stymied Its Own Study of the Iraq War," 22 Oct. 2018 Some 700,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine over the past year in response to a brutal counterinsurgency campaign by the military, which has been accused of massive human rights violations. Victoria Milko, The Seattle Times, "Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, others to stop hate," 28 Aug. 2018 Under new Pentagon leadership, Army priorities changed from counterinsurgency to countering powers such as Russia and China. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "The Army Stymied Its Own Study of the Iraq War," 22 Oct. 2018 The seminar, which is focused on riot suppression, counterinsurgency, and counterterrorism, attracts a variety of attendees, including local police, immigration-enforcement agencies, and even campus police. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "How Policing in the U.S. and Security in Israel Are Connected," 16 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of counterinsurgency

1962, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of counterinsurgency

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

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