What affinity does a rank-and-file conservative feel with a militia type?
Assad also is a key ally of Hizbullah, the Lebanon-based militia group.
“We are the ones who made this revolution happen,” said Alajami Ali Al-Ateri, a Zintan militia commander.
A group of persons, however well armed, who resisted the government were not a "militia."
Then the militia took Shuster away, inside the prison—he was arrested.
Few tories received quarters from the militia, and fewer of the militia asked it of the tories.
We now marched through a settled country, with some militia for our guards.
On the beach of the beautiful little harbor he posted five hundred of his militia and volunteers to hamper the British landing.
I thought ye might belong to Portman's yellow regiment of militia.
At last the order came, and the bullion was landed under the care of the Gallician militia which was ordered to escort it to Lugo.
1580s, "system of military discipline," from Latin militia "military service, warfare," from miles "soldier" (see military). Sense of "citizen army" (as distinct from professional soldiers) is first recorded 1690s, perhaps from a sense in French cognate milice. In U.S. history, "the whole body of men declared by law amenable to military service, without enlistment, whether armed and drilled or not" (1777).