dirty war

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Dirty War

An Argentine military campaign against left-wing guerrilla groups and other opponents of the regime 1976–82.
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Noun1.dirty war - an offensive conducted by secret police or the military of a regime against revolutionary and terrorist insurgents and marked by the use of kidnapping and torture and murder with civilians often being the victims; "thousands of people disappeared and were killed during Argentina's dirty war in the late 1970s"
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
offence, offensive, offense - the action of attacking an enemy
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Durante La Guerra Sucia en Argentina, habian activistas izquierdistas quienes lucharon contra la dictadura.
Oaxaca's conflict has entered a new phase, of guerra sucia ("dirty war").
Many have speculated that the anticipated opening of the guerra sucia files could have been a motivating factor in the shooting death of human rights lawyer Digna Ochoa on Oct.