preventive attack

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Noun1.preventive attack - a strike that is carried out in order to deter expected aggression by hostile forces
strike - an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective; "the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"
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Richard Betts notes that the difference between preemptive and preventive attack "has often been confused, even by professional strategists.
March 10, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan People's Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) on Sunday said they carried out preventive attack on two positions held by Sudanese army in Blue Nile state.
Richard Haass, a renowned Middle East expert in the Council for Foreign Relations says that he takes Israel's threat to launch a preventive attack at face value.
We're afraid that a so-called preventive attack on Iran might also destroy us.
The CNAS report is only the latest in a series of studies and analyses that have warned against a preventive attack on Iran, particularly by Israel.
Even a successful preventive attack would at most set back Iran's nuclear program a few years.
Sarkozy said last week that Iran's "military, nuclear and ballistic ambitions constitute a growing threat that may lead to a preventive attack against Iranian sites that would provoke a major crisis that France wants to avoid at all costs.
There must be some further consideration that keeps the option of a preventive attack on North Korea off the table.
Although the National Security Strategy and other policy statements use the word "preemption" to refer to a first strike against a perceived security threat, (12) "generations of historians, social scientists, legal scholars, and policymakers have defined preemption more restrictively, distinguishing preemptive from preventive attack.
The moral questions he raises are, and should be, crucial to policy makers, but his framework is more suitable as an after-action analysis than as a guide to preventive attack.
Some Russian politicians and generals have said Poland must be prepared for a preventive attack on the site in the future.
The purpose of this RAND study is to answer three central questions that arise in light of this doctrinal change: 1) under what conditions is preemptive or preventive attack worth considering or pursuing as a response to perceived security threats?

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