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Political and military strategy or action intended to oppose and forcefully suppress insurgency.

coun′ter·in·sur′gent n.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) action taken by a government to counter the activities of rebels, guerrillas, etc


(ˌkaʊn tər ɪnˈsɜr dʒən si)

n., pl. -cies.
a program or an act of combating guerrilla warfare and subversion.
coun`ter•in•sur′gent, n., adj.


Those military, paramilitary, political, economic, psychological, and civic actions taken by a government to defeat insurgency. Also called COIN.
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Noun1.counterinsurgency - actions taken by a government to defeat insurgency
conflict, struggle, battle - an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals); "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine; "police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"
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and the counterinsurgency (COIN) that has preoccupied strategy studies and foreign policy conferences over the last year.
It included the original foreword by General Patraeus, a new foreword by counterinsurgency expert Lieutenant Colonel John Nagel, and an introduction by Sarah Newall, the reactionary head of Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
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Aa Israel can proclaim the IDF is the world's most moral army as America nods approvingly in the background, but doing so ignores basic principles of counterinsurgency.

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