Definition of counterinsurgency
: organized military activity designed to combat insurgency
counterinsurgentplay \ˌkau̇n-tər-in-ˈsər-jənt\ noun
Examples of counterinsurgency in a Sentence
The military has launched a counterinsurgency.
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McMahon, clinging to his faith in the dubious doctrines of counterinsurgency, chases after an illusory victory that his allies, colleagues and bosses don’t really believe in any more.
Peter Mansoor is one of the most influential military thinkers on counterinsurgency — currently serving as Gen. David Petraeus’ executive officer.
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Definition of counterinsurgency for English Language Learners
: action by a group, army, etc., against people who are fighting to take control of a government
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