hostile intent


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hostile intent

The threat of imminent use of force by a foreign force, terrorist(s), or organization against the United States and US national interests, US forces and, in certain circumstances, US nationals, their property, US commercial assets, and other designated non-US forces, foreign nationals, and their property. When hostile intent is present, the right exists to use proportional force, including armed force, in self-defense by all necessary means available to deter or neutralize the potential attacker or, if necessary, to destroy the threat. A determination that hostile intent exists and requires the use of proportional force in self-defense must be based on evidence that an attack is imminent. Evidence necessary to determine hostile intent will vary depending on the state of international and regional political tension, military preparations, intelligence, and indications and warning information.
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In another corner two old bees are languidly fighting, or cleaning themselves, or feeding one another, without themselves knowing whether they do it with friendly or hostile intent. In a third place a crowd of bees, crushing one another, attack some victim and fight and smother it, and the victim, enfeebled or killed, drops from above slowly and lightly as a feather, among the heap of corpses.
Persuaded they were there with hostile intent, they advanced upon them, levelled their rifles, and killed twenty five of them upon the spot.
Norman sent Red Shandy to the outer walls to learn the mission of the party, for visitors seldom came to this inaccessible and unhospitable fortress; and he well knew that no party of a dozen knights would venture with hostile intent within the clutches of his great band of villains.
Her view of the matter was that, though the inhabitants of the hives were familiar and friendly with her by this time and recognized that she came among them without hostile intent, it might well happen that among so many thousands there might be one slow-witted enough and obtuse enough not to have grasped this fact.
Romana said the Chinese government had told them that their warships have 'no hostile intent' when they cross within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Romana said the question boils down to whether there is any hostile intent with the Chinese vessels' passage.
"Their first goal in the talks is to prove to the North that they can trust the US and that Washington wants to do something historic to ensure the hostile intent of both sides is now firmly in the past," it added.
He said soldiers have been ingrained with the knowledge and skills to ensure their personal security and prepare themselves against suspected individuals with hostile intent. Soldiers also cover each other's backs when stationed in high risk areas.
Instead of admitting a visibly failed attempt to sneak into our territory with hostile intent, India had boasted to hit a 'terrorist camp' through the said intrusion.
The military's rules of engagement allow for units to defend themselves or US citizens against hostile forces or forces that have shown "hostile intent", potentially providing a path around the limitations of Posse Comitatus, when it comes to lethal force.
Dahl asserts that although an enemy's hostile intent is often well known and understood by intelligence officials--as it was at the time of the embassy bombings--prevention depends upon whether or not the intelligence community and law enforcement give decision makers sufficiently specific warnings that convince them to take action.