Crossword clues for paramilitary
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
a. relating to a paramilitary n. 1 A group of civilians trained and organized in a military fashion, but which do not represent the formal forces of a sovereign power. 2 (label en colloquial) A member of a paramilitary group.
adj. of or relating to a group of civilians organized to function like (or in aid of) a military unit
A paramilitary is a semi-militarized force whose organizational structure, tactics, training, subculture, and (often) function are similar to those of a professional military, and which is not included as part of a state's formal armed forces.
Under the law of war, a state may incorporate a paramilitary organization or armed agency (such as a national police, a private volunteer militia) into its combatant armed forces. The other parties to a conflict have to be notified thereof.
The use of the term paramilitary can be debated, but the general consensus being of a combatant force or organization, more military-like than civilian. Organizations that have been described as paramilitary are as diverse as the Minutemen, Black Panthers, youth groups (from scouting to the Pioneer movement), and even military-themed boarding schools.
Though a paramilitary is not a military force, it is usually equivalent to a military's light infantry force in terms of intensity, firepower and organizational structure. A paramilitary may also commonly fall under the command of a military, even despite not being part of the military or play an assisting role for the military in times of war.
Usage examples of "paramilitary".
These paramilitary cadres were trained in basic small arms skills and the protection of Baath Party headquarters and other key sites, which was one of the missions that the Iraqi military failed to carry out in the uprising of 1991.
But that war had been largely fought by an Afghan-based opposition group, CIA paramilitary units, Special Forces, local warlords, and a relatively small deployment of Marines.
The Army had lost eighteen soldiers in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia: Baghdad was a city of some six million, defended by the Special Republican Guard and paramilitary forces under the iron fist of a dictator who was deemed to possess weapons of mass destruction.
But the Iraqi paramilitary Fedayeen quickly occupied Zubayr and treated the British who followed the Marines to a hail of rocket and machine gun fire whenever they approached the town.
Two scouts had been wounded--one a platoon sergeant--by paramilitary forces.
Marines stepped up their fight against the Fedayeen and blunted the paramilitary attacks along the lengthening supply lines.
SOF and CIA paramilitary units should be able to tie up the Fedayeen, freeing conventional Army and Marine forces for the push north.
There were paramilitary forces in Samawah and Najaf and they were moving between the two towns.
Qatar, McKiernan fired off a quick message to Franks, defending Wallace and making the case once again for slowing the push to Baghdad in order to defeat the paramilitary foe in the south.
He agreed that speed was imperative, but there was a huge difference between viewing icons on a computer screen and moving large formations on the battlefield as they were fighting a paramilitary foe over extended distances.
The battery was worried that paramilitary fighters might sneak into their position.
The 3rd Infantry Division had battled a paramilitary foe that had been largely ill-defined before the war but two of the principal threats it had expected to encounter had evaporated: WMD and the much touted Republican Guard.
But after the American military was attacked by paramilitary forces in the rear, the 101st was ordered to clear the southern Iraqi cities of Najaf and Karbala before moving north.
But it would be the paramilitary Fedayeen that represented the principal challenge in Nasiriyah, Samawah, Najaf, Kifl, and Diwaniyah, and that fought tenaciously in Baghdad as well.
Iraqi intelligence, security, and paramilitary units attempt to set up defenses in An Nasiriyah in order to delay U.