covert operation

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covert operation

An operation that is so planned and executed as to conceal the identity of or permit plausible denial by the sponsor. A covert operation differs from a clandestine operation in that emphasis is placed on concealment of identity of sponsor rather than on concealment of the operation. See also clandestine operation; overt operation.
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Noun1.covert operation - an intelligence operation so planned as to permit plausible denial by the sponsor
military operation, operation - activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign); "it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"
black operation - a covert operation not attributable to the organization carrying it out
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If attaining this requires war, covert interventions, propaganda and psychological warfare, political and economic destabilisation of other countries, or regime changes, so be it
Can proactive and assertive policies be interpreted as covert interventions that threaten social security and peace in Arab societies and beyond?
During the early years of that boom the CIA operation in Iran looked like a success - so much so that it smoothed the way for similar covert interventions against governments in Guatemala, Congo and elsewhere.
The Police Federation was found to have obstructed the IPCC's questioning of officers, with representatives also said to have made covert interventions designed to assist officers by disrupting inquiries.
will seek to mitigate the latter risk by continuing its covert interventions -- particularly its use of unmanned aerial vehicles.
It does not deserve to be thwarted by covert interventions.
This expectation was based on American covert interventions in the Iranian affairs.
The CIA intervention in Guatemala established the precedent for a series of covert interventions in the 1960s in the Western Hemisphere: Cuba (1959-1963), British Guiana (1961-1964), and Brazil (1962-1964).