Political and military strategy or action intended to oppose and forcefully suppress insurgency.(noun)
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"Pérez Molina was serving as a military commander in El Quiché, one of Guatemala's most heavily indigenous and war-wracked departments, when Ríos Montt launched what was dubbed Victoria Victory 82, a military offensive that the historian Virginia Garrard-Burnett has written led to "the period of most extreme violence committed in the name of counterinsurgency" during the war, and which was particularly furious in El Quiché's northern region."
"Considering that success in counterinsurgency requires addressing the concerns of a population for justice and prosperity — not just security — these are critical shortages."