second strike

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second strike

The first counterblow of a war. (Generally associated with nuclear operations.)
Translations
Zweitschlag
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Toward the start of the Syrian civil war, the Israeli military established a number of red lines, which if violated would result in a retaliatory strike, including any attacks, either intentional or otherwise, against Israel.
It came after he said he would rather put pressure on Iran's economy than launch a retaliatory strike after a US spy drone was shot down last week.
Last week, Trump said he had drawn back from a retaliatory strike on Iran after it shot down an unmanned US drone.
US President Donald Trump aborted a retaliatory strike on Iran on Friday.
Tensions between them flared up in February this year, when Indian warplanes violated Pakistan's airspace and dropped bombs triggering a retaliatory strike by Pakistani jets in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
No doubt, Iran has vowed to take measures to safeguard its national interests but there was absolutely no indication that Tehran was preparing for retaliatory strike in response to punitive measures by Washington over the row on Iranian nuclear programme.
GAZA: A Palestinian militant commander was killed in an Israeli retaliatory strike in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, in response to rocket barrages fired from the enclave.
CAPTAIN Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth, left), Chief Warrant Officer Cal Spencer (Michael Shannon), Sergeants First Class Sam Diller (Michael Pena) and Ben Milo (Trevante Rhodes), and senior medic Bill Bennett (Kenny Sheard) volunteer to spearhead a retaliatory strike against the Taliban in the wake of the attack on the Twin Towers.
THE BRITISH press did not do Cyprus tourism any favours at the weekend with a spate of scare-mongering reports that claimed Cyprus was in the war-zone and that Britons holidaying or living here were "terrified" about the possibility of a retaliatory strike on the British base in Akrotiri by Russia.
According to the newspaper, the Israeli army has deployed the Iron Dome missile defence system in anticipation of any retaliatory strike. It noted that the alert was also in place due to the increasing possibility of a US missile attack on military positions in Syria following allegations of a chemical attack carried out by the Syrian regime in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta.
Under the existing doctrine India could carry out retaliatory strike against Pakistani cities, but that too could change to include pre-emptive strikes against Pakistani nuclear assets', the experts added.
But a UK nuclear strike, whether it is a first strike, a preemptive strike or a retaliatory strike, will always put us at risk.