- n. Plural form of desertion.
“There have been 150,000 desertions from the Mexican military in the past 6 years and many of the soldiers take their weapons with them (illegally.)”
“The sectarian violence that alarmists keep wanting to call a "civil war" is anything but; there have been no large-scale desertions from the standing army to the "other side", as in a real civil war, and there is no one credibly claiming to be the legitimate government of Iraq, except the one in place which was democratically elected.”
“It seems that there had been of late several desertions from the French vessels lying at Monte Video, great inducements of very high wages being offered by the revolutionary party in Buenos Ayres for men to serve them.”
“In all the American accounts and discussions on the question, they ignore the usage or customary law of civilized nations as to neutral or mutually friendly nations in respect to belligerent powers, and are silent as to France and England being at war with each other, and that in encouraging desertions from the English ships, and then claiming them as American citizens, they were playing into the hands of Bonaparte against England.”
“Rather than being surprised, Dexter Filkins, a Times correspondent who reported from Iraq between 2003 and 2006, called the desertions “remarkable” for being so limited.”
“Themistocles calculated that the messages would have one of two effects: they would either lead to desertions from the Persian fleet or make the Persians distrust their Greek sailors.”
“Following are the complete figures on so-called desertions, the variances in the several states being given:”
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“Syria's military bombed a restive northwestern town Friday, as fleeing refugees created scenes of chaos on the Turkish border and reports continued of desertions from Syria's armed forces.”
“He hoped for the future that the regiment would “not have many desertions.””
“The rapid pace at which Alassane Ouattara's forces have been able to move across the country from east to west and up to Abidjan suggests that there have been widespread desertions in the Gbagbo forces.”
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