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calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear act of terrorism , terrorism , terrorist act
activities organized by civilians for their own protection in time of war or disaster civil defense
(euphemism) inadvertent casualties and destruction inflicted on civilians in the course of military operations collateral damage
offensive conducted by secret police or the military of a regime against revolutionary and terrorist insurgents and marked by the use of kidnapping and torture and murder with civilians often being the victims dirty war
agreement first drawn up in Geneva in 1864 and later revised concerning the treatment of captured and wounded military personnel and civilians in wartime Geneva Convention
civilians armed in military emergency levy en masse
entire body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service militia
military force made up of civilians militia
civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army militia , reserves
group of civilians organized in a military fashion (especially to operate in place of or to assist regular army troops) paramilitary , paramilitary force , paramilitary organisation , paramilitary organization , paramilitary unit
detachment empowered to force civilians to serve in the army or navy press gang
paramilitary group of Protestants in Northern Ireland that tries to prevent any political settlement with the Irish Free State; attacks interests of Catholic civilians in Northern Ireland; responsible for arson and bombing and murder Red Hand Defenders , RHD
terrorist group formed in the 1980s in Sierra Leone; seeks to overthrow the government and gain control of the diamond producing regions; responsible for attacks on civilians and children, widespread torture and murder and using children to commit atrocit Revolutionary United Front , RUF
surprise attack involving the deliberate use of violence against civilians in the hope of attaining political or religious aims terrorist attack
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