counterinsurgency counterinsurgency  /ˌkaʊn tə rɪn ˈsɜr dʒən si/


  • (n) actions taken by a government to defeat insurgency


  1. A successful counterinsurgency requires more than military force.
  2. In other areas, however, the Pakistan army has spurned counterinsurgency support.
  3. The Army's new counterinsurgency doctrine says you go where the people are concentrated and protect them, then gradually move into the sectors the bad guys control.


  1. U.S. oversees war games in Jordan amid Syria turmoil

    Amid fears of spillover from Syrian conflict, 8,000 multinational troops gather in Jordan for training on border security, terrorism and counterinsurgency
    on June 20, 2013     Source: CBS News

  2. Michael Hastings' Historic Takedown Of Stanley McChrystal Is Filled With Profound Insights That Will Be Relevant For ...

    "COIN, as the [ counterinsurgency ] theory is known, is the new gospel of the Pentagon brass, a doctrine that attempts to square the military's preference for high-tech violence with the demands of fighting protracted wars in failed states."
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Business Insider


  1. "It is by applying the tried and true principles of counterinsurgency used in the surge -- which Senator Obama opposed - - that we will win in Afghanistan. With the right strategy and the right forces, we can succeed in both Iraq and...
    on Jul 16, 2008 By: John McCain Source:

  2. "If you look at any counterinsurgency campaign throughout history, there's always been a point at which you start to negotiate, probably through proxies in the first instance," he said on BBC radio.
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: David Richards Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "You have to pinch yourself a little to make sure that is real because that is a very significant development in this kind of operation in counterinsurgency," General Petraeus told the Associated Press. "It's all about the local people. When...
    on Aug 15, 2007 By: David Petraeus Source: New York Sun

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