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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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death′ squad′


n.
any of various paramilitary groups, esp. in Latin America, whose members murder political opponents and petty criminals.
[1965–70]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Then law enforcers in Colombia and Nicaragua followed and went even bolder in giving name to their organization - the death squads. Political opponents and litigants in civil cases against powerful officials were in the hit list.
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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.
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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.