diversionary attack


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diversionary attack

An attack wherein a force attacks, or threatens to attack, a target other than the main target for the purpose of drawing enemy defenses away from the main effort. See also demonstration.
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Noun1.diversionary attack - an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack
diversionary landing - an amphibious diversionary attack
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
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The post Facing defeat in Mosul, IS mounts diversionary attack to south appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
Summary: Iraqi and Kurdish forces advanced on a town near Mosul Sunday as part of an operation to retake the northern city from Daesh (ISIS), which staged an assault in western Iraq that appeared to be another diversionary attack.
There would be a strike in Ireland, a major thrust down the west coast of England and a diversionary attack into Northumberland, led by the earls of March, Moray and Douglas.
This diversionary attack was supported by the explosion of a mine near the Double Crassier, north of the raiders' objectives.
Although planned as a diversionary attack, the fighting at Hougoumont continued on and off throughout the battle, steadily draining French troops.
KHARTOUM: South Sudanese forces have made a diversionary attack near the contested Abyei region, state-linked media in Khartoum said, as international pressure mounted Wednesday to pull the rivals back from the brink of all-out war.
It began with a diversionary attack at Lone Pine on the afternoon of 6 August 1915, which succeeded in taking a heavily defended complex of Turkish trenches but cost the lives of 2000 men of the 1 st Infantry Brigade.
They struck in a two-pronged assault after armoured vehicles and infantry from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales Regiment lured Taliban fighters from the strongholds by launching a diversionary attack a few miles to the north.
During the offensive, Smith was sent on a diversionary attack at Tingkrukawng.
There were technical hitches, as German artillery responded vigorously, but Royal Marines landed in a diversionary attack.