accidental attack

accidental attack

An unintended attack which occurs without deliberate national design as a direct result of a random event, such as a mechanical failure, a simple human error, or an unauthorized action by a subordinate.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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The ruling military council says they are investigating the accidental attack and pledged to hold the perpetrators accountable.
According to the agency, the country's prosecutor general, Sotir Tsatsarov, and Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said they were considering all versions of the murder, from "an accidental attack of a mentally ill person with a strong sexual desire to a planned attack with a personal motive".
Russia said they deliberately left the Russian plane vulnerable to an accidental attack by the Syrian air force.
it wasn't an accidental attack, that it was deliberate," said Sam Taylor, the spokesman for MSF operations in Syria.
The President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto has condemned Egypt's accidental attack on a tourist convoy in the Western Desert that led to the deaths of Mexican nationals.
Thankfully, no one was injured in what was described as an accidental attack.
The Pakistanis often seemed to retaliate for losses they had suffered in an accidental attack by United States forces with a deliberate assault on American troops, most probably to maintain morale among their own troops or to make a point to the Americans that they could not be pushed around, a former American military officer who served in both Afghanistan and Pakistan said.
These risks were mitigated only by the fact that each of the protagonists operated in a developed nation supported by sophisticated technical equipment, and each nation was constantly evaluating the other to avoid a false calculation or accidental attack.
forces, one year earlier, bombed al-Jazeera's Baghdad offices, killing reporter Tareq Ayoub, after the network naively gave its GPS coordinates to the Pentagon in order to prevent an accidental attack. A few days earlier U.S.
military's attack of a Baghdad hotel housing journalists, two of whom died during the accidental attack, as a specific example of government whitewashing.
LOW PUNCH: Philip's pain is all too clear after Fern's accidental attack
Reliance upon it, by reducing decision time for Russian retaliation to less than five minutes, greatly increases the dangers of accidental attack on the United States.