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

coun′ter·in·sur′gent n.


(Military) of or relating to counterinsurgency
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Adj.1.counterinsurgent - of or relating or characteristic of actions taken by a government to defeat insurgency
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There followed the disastrous decisions to invade Iraq with a force too small to secure the country, to disband the Iraqi army (by not recalling it to paid duty), to deprive the reconstruction effort of sufficient money and essential Baathist professional expertise, and to fight a counterinsurgent war in a manner that benefited the insurgency itself.
If failure is the best teacher, then the study of insurgent victories is obviously of benefit in enhancing counterinsurgent strategies.
For starters, counterinsurgent planners should consult law enforcement personnel associated with antigang units, inner-city community leaders, social psychologists, and cultural anthropologists.
Analysis of LN perceptions can assist in the planning of effective CA operations to meet the immediate security goals of the counterinsurgent while promoting longer-term stability and sustainable development.
Counterinsurgency (COIN) is thought of as a competition of legitimacy; the insurgent or counterinsurgent who sways and holds the support of the population wins.
Every counterinsurgent represents a possible intelligence collector, and every person a possible source of important information.
Crisis for the counterinsurgent Britain had fought in several wars in recent decades and would soon be embroiled in one of the first global wars.
This fact requires that counterinsurgent leaders be intensely aware of the roles and capabilities of participants who are likely to play a key role in counterinsurgency operations.
Arie Amit, a retired Israeli General and a seasoned counterinsurgent, told an audience in Washington, D.
The population, therefore, becomes the objective for the counterinsurgent as it was for his enemy.
Air mobility offers another edge in counterinsurgent operations.
However, all of these methods of intelligence collection are contingent upon the security of the population, offer little anonymity, and place anyone who cooperates with the counterinsurgent force in danger of reprisal.

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