war zone


Definition of war zone

1 : a zone in which belligerents are waging war broadly : an area marked by extreme violence
2 : a designated area especially on the high seas within which rights of neutrals are not respected by a belligerent nation in time of war

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The Republican president has also made some of the operations, the ones outside of war zones, more secretive. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "The Trump Administration Is Waging a Drone War in Somalia With Increased Air Strikes," 12 Mar. 2019 Look at the #MeToo movement, the investigations of Donald Trump’s finances, the remarkable reporting that journalists do every day in the midst of war zones and Ebola outbreaks and authoritarian regimes. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Is the media making American politics worse?," 22 Oct. 2018 As the Syrian war dragged on, Dr. Albezem became president of a local branch of the Syrian-American Medical Society and traveled with the nonprofit group to the Turkish border with Syria to care for people ferried out of war zones. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "From Anguished Appeal to Presidential Tweet: The Doctor Who Changed U.S. Policy," 18 Oct. 2018 But an attack of this kind may seem unthinkable outside of war zones. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 The president and his entourage escaped largely unharmed, but for many, this incident introduced the idea of the potential threat from drones outside war zones. Ulrike Franke, The Verge, "The Caracas drone attack won’t be the last of its kind," 17 Aug. 2018 So this Ebola vaccine rollout in a war zone is something to celebrate. Brian Resnick, Vox, "10 science stories in 2018 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome”," 18 Dec. 2018 Children, thousands of them, housed en masse behind chain link fences in warehouse-like facilities with mylar for blankets and no parents in sight. Stunningly, these are not images from a faraway war zone. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: With children behind fences, it's time for some national soul-searching," 21 June 2018 Mitchell notes that one of her sons survived a war zone and the other was killed in a free country. Katie Zezima, Washington Post, "‘How do I change this tragedy to be a celebration of life?’ Gun violence victims seek solace, a voice.," 2 May 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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