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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The Light Attack planes are optimized for counterinsurgency and other types of warfare wherein the U.S. Air Force largely has aerial dominance. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "New Air Force light attack plane moves quickly toward combat," 21 Aug. 2018 Violence against the Rohingya increased markedly in August that year, when security forces launched a brutal counterinsurgency campaign that drove more than 700,000 Rohingya villagers into neighboring Bangladesh. Washington Post, "UN report condemns sexual violence by Myanmar military," 22 Aug. 2019 Myanmar’s military in August 2017 launched a counterinsurgency campaign in response to an attack by a Rohingya insurgent group. Julhas Alam,, "Myanmar, Bangladesh schedule Rohingya repatriation," 16 Aug. 2019 Local police have increasingly come under pressure from rebels fighting against Indian rule since 1989, who have warned them to stay away from India’s counterinsurgency operations. Aijaz Hussain,, "A pre-dawn food run then a rush home: Kashmir under curfew," 9 Aug. 2019 More recently, reports in 2015 indicated the Nigerian government contracted a number of companies to aid in counterinsurgency efforts targeting Boko Haram. Jonathan Powell, Quartz Africa, "The controversial role of private military and security companies in Africa," 9 Aug. 2019 In Florida, Mayan Guatemalans first settled in Indiantown, a village northwest of Palm Beach’s luxurious estates, in the 1980s, to toil in vegetable fields and citrus groves after fleeing a counterinsurgency campaign by the Guatemalan military. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Schools Scramble to Handle Thousands of New Migrant Families," 9 July 2019 But in counterinsurgency—that already-paradoxical quest to win hearts and minds at the ends of rifle muzzles—such draconian tactics moot the strategy. Adrian Bonenberger, The New Republic, "The Sum of All Beards," 4 June 2019 Initially in the early 1990s when the anti-India rebellion peaked, Kashmir police were hesitant to be drawn into the counterinsurgency following attacks on them and their family members. Aijaz Hussain, Fox News, "Anti-India rebels abduct and kill 3 policemen in Kashmir," 21 Sep. 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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