preventive strike

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Noun1.preventive strike - 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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Militarily, however, preemptive attack forfeits some of the benefit of surprise that can be kept by a preventive strike.
Thus, in his 2013 Nowruz speech, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei threatened to destroy the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel launched a preventive strike against Iran's nuclear infrastracture --a threat subsequently repeated by other officials.
But the key difference between the (1967) Six Day War and the (1973) Yom Kippur War lies first of all in the fact that in the Six Day War we launched a preventive strike that broke the chokehold our enemies had placed on us, and on Yom Kippur the government decided, despite all warnings, to absorb the full force of an enemy attack.
A preventive strike on Iraq was, the administration argued, an urgent necessity.
But Congress spokesperson and chairman of the prestigious parliamentary standing committee on law and justice, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, launched a preventive strike by resigning from both the posts late on Monday afternoon.
Almost as if he doing a preventive strike to avoid a feud with rappers on top of their game, Eminem admits he almost dissed Lil Wayne and Kanye West solely out of sheer jealousy and, in hindsight, muses, "Thank God that I didn't do it/I would of had my (expletive) handed to me/And I knew it.
Moreover, while a preventive strike would delay Iran's nuclear efforts, it would not stop the regime from rebuilding, and it might also create conditions that cause problems for the regime's domestic opponents.
Thus, Israel's 1981 attack on the Iraqi nuclear facility at Osirak faced condemnation by the Security Council as an unlawful preventive strike.
Just as the Bush Doctrine appeared to become a reality with the 2003 war against Iraq, the Begin Doctrine became a reality with the Israeli preventive strike on Iraq's nuclear power reactor, called Osiraq, in 1981.
In 1981 Israel launched its preventive strike against the Iraqi nuclear facility at Osirak.
This time round the first leg will take place in London and UEFA will make a preventive strike in a bid to stop any more animosity.
doctrine of ''preemption'' -- mounting a preventive strike on a terrorist organization or a ''rogue state'' -- is an open challenge to the U.

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