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asymmetric warfare

or asymmetrical warfare

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noun
  1. warfare in which opposing groups or nations have unequal military resources, and the weaker opponent uses unconventional weapons and tactics, as terrorism, to exploit the vulnerabilities of the enemy.
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British Dictionary definitions for asymmetrical warfare

asymmetrical warfare

noun
  1. warfare between a powerful military force and a weak guerilla force
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