paramilitary

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paramilitary

1. denoting or relating to a group of personnel with military structure functioning either as a civil force or in support of military forces
2. denoting or relating to a force with military structure conducting armed operations against a ruling or occupying power
3. 
a. a paramilitary force
b. a member of such a force
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The private army included ex- Army personnel and former Haryana police officers who guarded Rampal's 12- acre ashram in Barwala round the clock.
The lawmakers -- Sunil Pandey and Hulas Pandey, both brothers, are from Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United), and are accused of plotting the murder of the private army chief in May.
This private army hired by the US government can operate in international war zones and on American soil.
MOTORISTS are bracing themselves for a torrent of parking tickets with the news that Redditch is considering replacing its one and only police traffic warden with a private army.
Why would this ill-fated private army become the object of so much rumor, resentment, repression and research?
He once took his radio equipment into Ravenna when neither the Germans nor the Allies were in control of it, but rather a partisan group called Popski's Private Army.
The speech draft prepared for FDR brought to mind Mussolini addressing his Black-Shirt followers, many of whom were demobilized veterans who joined Il Duce's private army.
The incident showed how the new Hamas-led government is turning to its private army to impose order as it fights the rival Fatah movement for control of Palestinian security forces.
troops and a private army under the command of Governor Jan Mohammad, a man Baranowska calls "local warlord, police force, and judiciary.
Also removed from the cabinet were Gul Agha Sherzai, a southern warlord who had been public works minister, and Sayed Hussain Anwari, who controlled a private army in the north and had been agriculture minister.
and Triple Canopy--are pooling their resources, organizing "what may effectively be the largest private army in the world.
Afghan state television reported that his father,Ismail Khan, a former anti-Soviet resistance commander who runs a large private army, was also targeted in a separate attack,but escaped unhurt.