military action


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Noun1.military action - a military engagementmilitary action - a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
amphibious landing - a military action of coordinated land, sea, and air forces organized for an invasion; "MacArthur staged a massive amphibious landing behind enemy lines"
battle, engagement, fight, conflict - a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
blockade, encirclement - a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy
defense, defensive measure, defence - (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
electronic warfare, EW - military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine or exploit or reduce or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum
police action - a local military action without declaration of war; against violators of international peace and order
resistance - the military action of resisting the enemy's advance; "the enemy offered little resistance"
saber rattling, sabre rattling - the ostentatious display of military power (with the implied threat that it might be used)
sortie, sally - a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
group action - action taken by a group of people
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
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Tony Blair was facing calls today to avert military action against Iran as a coalition of organisations warns it would be disastrous.
military action against Saddam Hussein, but believes the United Nations should help rebuild Iraq.
The terrorist attacks presented Bush with a golden opportunity to earn more respect for his presidency by resorting to military action dressed up as righteous American justice.
He was referring to controversy over the U.S.- and British-led military action in Iraq, which received support from leaders of some eastern European countries scheduled to join the European Union next year but was strongly resisted by EU-founding members France and Germany.
The war, America's second major military action since the September 11 attacks, took the nation into unknown territory, with risks and possibilities not only for the U.S.
Bush indicted "some permanent members of the Security Council" who opposed military action to enforce the UN's decrees.
BRITAIN would have ``nothing whatever'' to do with any military action against Syria or Iran, Foreign Secretary JackStraw signalled today.
The Bush administration has supported the idea of preemptive military action in its National Security Strategy and in various international and national forums.
Delta Air Lines has announced a flexible ticketing policy in response to military action in the Middle East.
This time, however, Math marched in a sea of lavender armbands, literally shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other members of the Out Against the War Coalition, a Bay Area organization of gay people who oppose military action in Iraq.
Bush could decide on military action against Iraq anytime after a U.N.
A SIGNIFICANT majority of the British public now believe that military action must be used to remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from power, a new poll suggests.

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