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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.
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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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"I never thought we would lose, and I thought we were getting close with the counter attacks and we needed a good pass to get us the goal."
Like don't leave defenders alone when there can be a counter attack. We can't concede to a counter attack like this.
Bar their early goal, 43rd failed to create any decent chances except for a break away on the counter attack late on in the game which only resulted in a booking for David Carnaghan for a cynical foul outside the area with the resulting free kick despatched well wide.
Brotton were dangerous on the counter attack, but Brad Halliday and Mathew Brookes were on top form snuffing out any pressure which came their way.
Stuart Parnaby reckons the counter attack will be Boro's major weapon in Ostrava.
"We used a lot of counter attacks against Barcelona but it's because they attacked and there was space.
In the second half Mazimbi relied on the counter attacks and managed to equalize in the 35th minute by Aimuna following the absence Merrikh defense line .
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Al-Ahly entered the first half looking not to concede a goal and then going on counter attacks to score a goal.