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 counterinsurgency (audio) \ noun

Examples of counterinsurgency in a Sentence

The military has launched a counterinsurgency.
Recent Examples on the Web As a result of a century of political organizing and lobbying, civilian gun owners and police see themselves as co-combatants fighting a perpetual domestic counterinsurgency. Alex Yablon, The New Republic, "Why Police Back Gun Guys," 20 Nov. 2020 Like any counterinsurgency campaign, dealing with propaganda and disinformation are core parts of Barkhane. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "France Is Flooding Africa With Fake News," 28 Dec. 2020 Divisions inside Mozambique’s security services, which human rights groups have frequently accused of abuses against civilians in Cabo Delgado, have further hampered the counterinsurgency effort. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "With Village Beheadings, Islamic State Intensifies Attacks in Mozambique," 11 Nov. 2020 At points, the 200-page manual goes into considerable detail in outlining logistics of counterinsurgency operations. Sarah Jeong, The New Republic, "The Battle of Portland," 3 Sep. 2020 Israel suffered from years of terror attacks between 2000 and 2004, and the army became used to fighting a counterinsurgency war. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "War in the Desert, 21st-Century Style," 27 Sep. 2020 Police, which usually participate in counterinsurgency operations, said the July 18 encounter was a solo operation by the army. Aijaz Hussain, Star Tribune, "Indian military admits wrongdoing in 3 Kashmir killings," 18 Sep. 2020 Since the national demonstrations have started, those in power have employed their own counterinsurgency tactics, which include various forms of copaganda. Erin Corbett,, "What Is Copaganda? A Look At The Dangerous Ways Police Seek Public Sympathy," 2 July 2020 Despite the coronavirus outbreak, violence has escalated in Kashmir in recent months as India has stepped up its counterinsurgency operations. Washington Post, "Photo of toddler sitting on slain grandpa angers Kashmiris," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of counterinsurgency

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterinsurgency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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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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