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death squad

n.
A clandestine military or paramilitary group that carries out the killing of political opponents or civilians deemed undesirable.

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n.
any of various paramilitary groups, esp. in Latin America, whose members murder political opponents and petty criminals.
[1965–70]
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Noun1.death squad - a clandestine military or paramilitary team who murder political dissidents or petty criminals (usually with the government's tacit approval)death squad - a clandestine military or paramilitary team who murder political dissidents or petty criminals (usually with the government's tacit approval)
hit squad - a team of assassins
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death squad

nsquadra della morte
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In the UN, EU, and the rest of the world, the Philippines is now known for a government that unleashed death squads against its own people.
They might actually lie low for a while and order a temporary stop to the extra-judicial killings by the PNP death squads, in the hope to assuage the ICC Prosecutor that it is doing something to stop the killings, or even to fool her that there is actually no government-sponsored and funded program of social mass extermination,' the former Justice secretary said.
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Summary: For Rodrigo Duterte, the brutal death squads that have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people during his tenures as mayor of Davao City -- between 1988 and 1998, between 2001 and 2010, and again as of 2013 -- in the Philippines' main southern island of Mindanao do not represent a problem.
For Rodrigo Duterte, the brutal death squads that have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people during his tenure as mayor of Davao City in the Philippines' main southern island of Mindanao are not a problem.
of the collapse of the security in al-Muqdadiya district , demanding for punishment of the " death squads .
Qatar is, of course, one of the major sponsors of the Syrian invasion (also known as the Syrian "rebels") and has played a massively important role in financing, training, arming, and directing the death squads currently being mopped up by the Assad government.
Egyptian authorities are reportedly unhappy over rumours linking Ford to running death squads in Iraq when he was posted there as political counsellor.
It has been claimed he delivered slum priests to the brutal 1976 to 1983 dictatorship's death squads while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
OTTAWA, (SANA) -- The Canadian website Global Research uncovered one of the plots targeting the Syrian people, shedding light on the presence of death squads that commit massacres with Washington's blessings and logistic and material support.
ISLAMABAD -- Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind, lonely opposition member in Balochistan Assembly said private death squads were operating in the province and they were involved in killing the people after looting them.