- a program or an act of combating guerrilla warfare and subversion.
- of, relating to, or designed for combating guerrilla warfare and subversion: counterinsurgency funds.
Origin of counterinsurgency
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Examples from the Web for counterinsurgency
Allen worked closely with those tribal leaders during the counterinsurgency in Iraq in 2007 and 2008.Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check in the War Against ISIS?
Eli Lake, Josh Rogin
September 17, 2014
Salahaddin is an internal province of Iraq, and its force was tailored for counterinsurgency.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight
June 29, 2014
The searches enraged the local civilian population and derailed the counterinsurgency operations taking place at the time.We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night
Nathan Bradley Bethea
June 2, 2014
The revolving flux of idiosyncratic secondary characters, caught up in counterinsurgency jargon, is also at times distracting.Send in the Marines—and the Anthropologists too?
John Kael Weston
August 23, 2013
It is also an important look at what the post-American counterinsurgency looks like.In ‘The Project,’ the Stormy Battle to Take On Somali Pirates
April 22, 2013
- action taken by a government to counter the activities of rebels, guerrillas, etc
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Word Origin and History for counterinsurgency
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Military power applied in guerrilla warfare in support of the established government.
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