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Attacking an attacker. Even though a criminal hacker or other agent is attempting to penetrate a security perimeter or damage systems, the counterattack must not violate applicable laws. See DOD cyberspace glossary.



an attack undertaken by defending forces against enemy forces that have driven a wedge in the defenders' battle formation.

The objective of the counterattack is to rout the enemy and restore the lost tactical position. The counterattack is one of the elements of troop aggressiveness on the defense; the counterat-tack is usually carried out by the defenders' second echelon and reserve forces with assistance from assault units that have not been attacked. Preparation for the counterattack is carried on in accordance with the stated aim of the battle and with consideration of the situation that has come about in the course of the fighting. The counterattacking troops may be supported by tank and air strikes and the fire of artillery, mortars, and other weapons. A successful counterattack is achieved by rapid, unexpected, and decisive action by the counterattacking troops at the moment when the enemy has not yet been able to consolidate and bring up reserves to develop the strike.

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A counter-offensive by Russian troops and separatist units is continuing in south-east Ukraine," the council said in a post on Twitter.
Kurdish fighters backed by US warplanes pressed a counter-offensive against jihadists Monday after retaking Iraq's largest dam alongside federal forces, as the United States and Britain stepped up their military involvement.
Summary: Videos posted on the internet claim to show shelling and fighting in Homs as President Assad's forces carry out counter-offensives.
An Al-Qaeda suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt during a mourning ceremony organised by the Popular Resistance Committees," a local militia that fought alongside the army in its month-long counter-offensive, provincial governor Jamal al-Aqal told An official at the Razi hospital in Jaar said it had received the bodies of 24 of the dead, while medics said 12 people died of their wounds in three hospitals in the main southern city Aden.
The bombardment was part of a government counter-offensive to retake control of districts that had fallen into rebel hands last week at the beginning of their bid to capture Aleppo, the nation's commercial hub.
The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) launched a counter-offensive amid negative reports, releasing details of a briefing given by members of the Lotus team, dated April 5 and which was sent to all F1 team principals.
The Security Council's decision, against the background of a brutal counter-offensive by Qadaffi, which has been underway for several days, is essential for the protection of innocent lives and basic human rights in Libya," said AJC Executive Director David Harris.
Tesco kicked off a counter-offensive to Asda's 10% Price Guarantee last week, promising shoppers it would refund double the difference if their shopping would have been cheaper at Asda.
These reinforcements will help sustain the security gains made in the south and blunt any Taliban counter-offensive this spring," he said.
It was a terrifying story because, with the Russian counter-offensive launched on 6 December 1941, the Wehrmacht was put on the defensive as total annihilation approached.
But Kadyrov, who was in the village at the time of the ambush and directed the counter-offensive operation, has denied the reported civilian deaths.
05pm Ken Annakin's epic war film is set in the winter of 1944, when the Allied advance into Germany was halted and nearly reversed by a massive Nazi counter-offensive in the Ardennes.