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One, such as a nation, that assists another or others in waging war, usually without entering a formal alliance.


(Military) a country fighting in a war on the side of another country


(ˌkoʊ bəˈlɪdʒ ər ənt)

a nation allied to another in waging war.
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What level of association must a group have to be labeled a cobelligerent of al-Qaeda?
Hardly a saint, however, Bowery was a complicated man: muse to Lucian Freud, cobelligerent of Michael Clark and Charles Atlas, thorn to straight thinking everywhere.
If President Truman and Prime Minister Atlee had set a precedent of military overflights during a Cold War "conflict," they did so under Chapter VI of the United Nations charter, which, their legal experts affirmed, also justified missions over the Soviet Union because it was an "unannounced cobelligerent.
They now see us as a useful cobelligerent in their internal struggle for power against their enemies in the Baghdad government and the Kurds.
on playing the role of chief arbiter, if not sole peacemaker, when in fact it has been cobelligerent.
It takes but limited imagination to see that the AUMF might apply to Islamist or jihadist groups and persons who could fairly be cast as cobelligerents with al Qaeda and its affiliates in such war or terrorism against the United States.
against the United States or its co-belligerents," or (2) "purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States or its cobelligerents," including anyone who is "part of' the Taliban, al Qaeda, or an "associated" armed group.
Friendly ports included not only the ports of the privateer's own country, but possibly also the ports of cobelligerents (Petrie 1999, 105).
i) a person who has engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States or its cobelligerents who is not a lawful enemy combatant (including a person who is part of the Taliban, al Qaeda, or associated forces);
Along with a handful of fellow cobelligerents, de Roover devoted most of his career to demonstrating that a commerical revolution actually occurred in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and that many economic institutions and business techniques associated with twentieth-century capitalism are direct descendants of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
I affirm the value of collaboration across faiths, and affirm the value of allegiances of cobelligerents based on common understandings.