militia militia  /mə ˈlɪ ʃə/


  1. (n) civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
  2. (n) the entire body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service


  1. Sadr's militia, the Mahdi Army, stood its ground in several days of heavy fighting with Iraqi soldiers backed up by American and British air power.
  2. Federallaw enforcement officials are the real terrorists, militia leaders bluntly told a Senate paneltoday.
  3. Ten days after Mahmoud Shakir Mohsen arrested a member of the religious militia, the religious militia arrested him.


  1. Interior-Based Militia Unit Regroups, Invites Others To Training Rendezvous

    An Interior Alaska militia group gathered over the weekend near Delta Junction. The Central Alaska Militia’s leader says the group is not associated with the defunct Fairbanks based Alaska Peacekeepers Militia. That group’s leader Schaeffer Cox, was sentenced to 26 years in prison, earlier this year, for plotting to kill government officials. Download Audio
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Alaska Public Radio Network

  2. Report: Kony's militia killing elephants

    African warlord Joseph Kony and his struggling militia are poaching elephant ivory across central Africa to get funds for weapons, ammunition and food, a report says.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: CNN

  3. Militia Members Fire On Demonstrators in Benghazi

    Members of a powerful militia fired on protesters surrounding the group’s headquarters on the edge of Benghazi in an outpouring of public anger.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: New York Times

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  1. "The locality has been a hub of militants. Locals set up a militia and expelled the militants from this area. This attack seems to be a reaction to their expulsion," Ayub Khan, the local police chief, told reporters.
    on Jan 1, 2010 By: Ayub Khan Source: Common Dreams (press release)

  2. Tsvangirai said authorities were "threatening anyone that doesn't vote or who votes for the MDC with death. ...... The militia are warning that tomorrow they will launch Operation Red Finger that will target anyone who has not voted."
    on Jun 28, 2008 By: Morgan Tsvangirai Source: CNN

  3. Donnelly said militant gunmen "are using civilians as protection and have no regard for the innocent. Currently there are berms (earthen barriers) placed to impede movement to/from the city by the militia group, who have fired on CF (Coalition...
    on Jul 24, 2007 By: Major Michael Donnelly Source: Forbes

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