Definitions

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  • noun An air attack on a ground or naval target.

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  • noun An attack by air forces or other military aviation assets against an enemy ground or naval position.

Etymologies

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From air + strike.

Examples

  • CNN: U.S. general sure Afghan civilians wounded in airstrike

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: September 07, 2009

  • I wonder if at this point the value of any particular airstrike is dwarfed by the detriment to public opinion.

    What The Thunder Said | ATTACKERMAN

  • Pakistan denounced the airstrike from the beginning as a violation of its sovereignty, and it has responded by shutting the crucial Torkham border crossing to NATO vehicles for the past week.

    Probe of airstrike concludes poor coordination between Pakistan, U.S.

  • As I understand it, when a ground unit encounters any sort of significant military resistance, calling in an airstrike is a standard tactic.

    Matthew Yglesias » Counterinsurgency by Air

  • Again, none of those guys are military planners (and looking at their article, their conclusions are suspect – an Israeli airstrike is clearly not feasible, and the only practicable invasion plan is the “heavy” option from the West – the rest are recipes for disaster).

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Vietnam Comparison — A Closer Look At The Numbers:

  • Guttenberg's pronouncement was both a backtrack on his own remarks a month ago, when he called the airstrike "militarily appropriate," and a rebuke to the colonel who summoned US fighter-bombers to blow up two fuel tanker trucks stolen by the Taliban.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Some called the airstrike -- requested by the Germans and carried out by U.S. jets -- "a tragedy" and "a big mistake" that must be investigated.

    Ottawa Sun

  • Guttenberg's pronouncement was both a backtrack on his own remarks a month ago, when he called the airstrike "militarily appropriate," and a rebuke to the colonel who summoned US fighter-bombers to blow up two fuel tanker trucks stolen by the Taliban.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Guttenberg's pronouncement was both a backtrack on his own remarks a month ago, when he called the airstrike "militarily appropriate," and a rebuke to the colonel who summoned US fighter-bombers to blow up two fuel tanker trucks stolen by the Taliban.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • NATO said the intended target of the airstrike was a military missile site in the area but that a weapons system failure may have resulted in a number of civilian casualties.

    NATO Strike Hits Civilians in Libya

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