collateral damage


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collateral damage

n.
Unintended damage, injuries, or deaths caused by an action, especially unintended civilian casualties caused by a military operation.

collateral damage

n
(Military) military unintentional damage to civil property and civilian casualties, caused by military operations

collateral damage

Unintentional or incidental injury or damage to persons or objects that would not be lawful military targets in the circumstances ruling at the time. Such damage is not unlawful so long as it is not excessive in light of the overall military advantage anticipated from the attack.
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Noun1.collateral damage - (euphemism) inadvertent casualties and destruction inflicted on civilians in the course of military operations
euphemism - an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh
fatal accident, casualty - an accident that causes someone to die
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
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He is liable for direct damage both to your chimneys and any collateral damage caused by fall of bricks into garden, etc.
Well, in any war, unfortunately, there will be collateral damage.
While in the world, collateral damages are reported in such kind of military operations carried out by top world forces, he added.
New Delhi: A surgical strike is a military attack which is intended to result in only damage to the intended legitimate military or terrorist target, and no or minimal collateral damage to surrounding structures, vehicles, buildings, or the general public infrastructure and utilities.
Would it be better to send a coalition of ground troops to give the innocent civilians a chance of escape from Isis or becoming collateral damage, and avoiding becoming a recruiting sergeant for the terrorists?
British supermarket financial services provider Sainsbury's Bank on Thursday revealed that research from Sainsbury's Home Insurance shows that 26% of Brits have caused some collateral damage to their home in the process of getting ready to go out.
But equally I condemn the murder by my own government of thousands of innocent civilians by so-called collateral damage in the current bombing campaign.
In a statement issued on Friday, He termed it a sinister attempt to justify the drone attacks by presenting minimum collateral damage of life and property when compared with the fatalities of terrorists who have been reportedly killed more than two thousands whereas civilian casualties are only 67.
The warfighters' ability to conduct missions requiring escalation of force (Eon capabilities has proven to be a critical element in our nation's success in hybrid warfare because noncombatant casualties and collateral damage can have strategic implications.
Washington, July 24 ( ANI ): Senate Committee on Intelligence chairperson Senator Dianne Feinstein has said that collateral damage from drone strikes was generally much lesser than reported in the media.
We find civilian casualties unacceptable as President (Hamid) Karzai does," Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt John Kirby told reporters on the recent collateral damage Afghanistan.
Collateral Damage features images by a range of artists, including Birkenhead-born Tim, who was killed in Misrata on April 20.

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