pre-emptive strike

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Noun1.pre-emptive strike - a surprise attack that is launched in order to prevent the enemy from doing it to you
coup de main, surprise attack - an attack without warning
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Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against "unidentified pilots" of the Indian Air Force (IAF) for bombing and destroying 19 trees in the Balakot area, according to a media report, days after New Delhi launched a pre-emptive strike against the Jaish-e-Mohammad's alleged largest training camp in the country.
Pakistan said India launched an air strike on its territory early yesterday that caused no casualties, while India said it targeted a terrorist training camp in a pre-emptive strike that killed a "very large number" of militants.
India's foreign secretary, Vijay Gokhale, told reporters in New Delhi yesterday that Indian fighter aircraft targeted Jaish-e-Mohammad camps in a pre-emptive strike after intelligence indicated another attack was being planned.
Fire and fury flowed in the comments warning nuclear war between Russia and the US and also about a "pre-emptive strike" to paralyze the enemy, the U.S.
Adding to the Air Force's existing fleet of F-15Ks and F-16s, the F-35As are expected to play a key role in South Korea's envisioned Kill Chain pre-emptive strike system.
"In view of the nature and scale of US military reinforcements, they are designed to make a pre-emptive strike against the DPRK," Ju told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament, adding that Washington has been "deploying large nuclear assets" on the Korean peninsula, Sputnik reported.
administration disagreements over a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.
North Korea accused the United States of seeking to aggravate the situation on the divided peninsula by "deploying large nuclear assets" nearby, laying the ground for a possible pre-emptive strike against it.
At a conference held by Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in 2017, he said, "There is increasing evidence that India will not allow Pakistan to go first." He asserted that India may abandon NFU and launch a pre-emptive strike against Pakistan if it believed that Pakistan was going to use nuclear weapons or most likely the tactical nuclear weapons against it.
'A successful disarming, decapitating or pre-emptive strike against adversary possessing credible nuclear weapons capability is considered an impossibility as a rational decision,' he maintained hoping that India would act as 'a rational actor and would not undertake this dangerous exercise of launching a pre-emptive strike.'
The pre-emptive strike thwarted a "terrorist attack", according to a previous statement by the military spokesman
In What appears to be a pre-emptive strike, a local legislator has filed a bill to regulate how insurance companies treat gun owners.