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Afghanistan

Afghanistan  

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Still a battleground between the Taliban and government and NATO forces.Afghanistan is a largely mountainous country: more than half the territory is above 2,000 metres. Its central highlands are the ...
airborne force

airborne force  

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A force made up of both ground and air combat units, brought together, equipped, and trained to engage in airborne missions.
al-Qaeda

al-Qaeda  

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A network of Islamic fundamentalist groups, founded in 1988 and associated with the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. The name comes from Arabic, meaning literally ‘the base’.
arctic Warfare

arctic Warfare  

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Characterized by subzero temperatures, rapidly shifting weather fronts, and vast expanses of tundra or icefields, the arctic is an especially hostile environment in which to conduct combat ...
coup d'état

coup d'état  

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A violent and immediate seizure of state power, usually by armed forces, and with the implication of being undemocratic and unconstitutional. Successful examples occurred in Greece in 1967, Chile in ...
Guantánamo Bay

Guantánamo Bay  

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Site of a US air base in Cuba where a number of those captured fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan, or suspected of terrorist involvement, are held.
helicopters

helicopters  

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N.an aircraft that becomes airborne and travels using one or more blades that rotate on a vertical shaft.v.to travel or transport by means of a helicopter.n.[...]
heliograph

heliograph  

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(from Gr: hēlios, sun, and graphē, writing).A heliograph was a communications system consisting of two mirrors on a tripod used to flash signals with sunlight. The signals could be ...
Indian army

Indian army  

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By 1902, when Kitchener became Commander‐in‐Chief in India, it was established practice that most regiments of the British army stationed a battalion in India. In 1903 the three armies of Madras, ...
Kabul

Kabul  

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Capital of Afghanistan. With its excellent location on the Kabul River in a fertile plain surrounded by mountains and hills, Kabul is a natural strategic site and has a history ...
loya Jirga

loya Jirga  

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Traditional tribal councils of Afghanistan.
mountain troops

mountain troops  

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(see also arctic and mountain warfare). These are specialists trained and equipped to operate in mountainous environments. Western Europe has a number of locally raised units, traditionally linked ...
RPG

RPG  

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Abbr. rocket-propelled grenade.
Taliban

Taliban  

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A fundamentalist Muslim movement which in 1996 set up an Islamic state in Afghanistan. The Taliban were overthrown in 2001 by US-led forces and Afghan groups following the terrorist attacks of 11 ...

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