diversionary attack


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diversionary attack

An attack wherein a force attacks, or threatens to attack, a target other than the main target for the purpose of drawing enemy defenses away from the main effort. See also demonstration.
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Noun1.diversionary attack - an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack
diversionary landing - an amphibious diversionary attack
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
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Marcelos Morales, the police regional director, instructed all his police commanders in the regions to 'strictly' enforce all possible actions 'to preempt any diversionary attack by the terrorist groups.'
Proceeding north to south: a diversionary attack by the Sherbrooke Fusiliers was made against Francqueville.
The Germans also planned a diversionary attack to the north between Aberdeen and Newcastle.
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Summary: Iraqi and Kurdish forces advanced on a town near Mosul Sunday as part of an operation to retake the northern city from Daesh (ISIS), which staged an assault in western Iraq that appeared to be another diversionary attack.
There would be a strike in Ireland, a major thrust down the west coast of England and a diversionary attack into Northumberland, led by the earls of March, Moray and Douglas.
Although planned as a diversionary attack, the fighting at Hougoumont continued on and off throughout the battle, steadily draining French troops.
KHARTOUM: South Sudanese forces have made a diversionary attack near the contested Abyei region, state-linked media in Khartoum said, as international pressure mounted Wednesday to pull the rivals back from the brink of all-out war.
The Battle of Fromelles was a diversionary attack to distract German reserves from the Somme offensive, 50 miles to the south.