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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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"In the second half, the more we opened up and the more we tried to throw bodies forward and runners forward, the more we just got caught on the counter-attack.
Sometimes when you attack with seven players it's enough, because if not you can concede a counter-attack like we conceded.
"When they get the ball they come out very quickly on the counter-attack, this is what we have to be careful of most."
Ranieri believes the biggest threat Fulham pose will be on the counter-attack.
Al Ain striker Dyanfres Douglas missed a chance and on counter-attack, Mohamed Fawzi, who likes to play offensive role, went blazing through the right flank.
It was not long until they had taken the lead from another counter-attack, a crossed ball looping up off James Redpath's foot and over the shoulder of Jordan Thompson into his goal.
The Syrian forces have thus far fended off many attacks by the ISIL terrorists on Deir Ezzur military airbase and have killed scores of them in their counter-attacks, for instance, on Sunday the Syrian army troops repelled the ISIL terrorists' large-scale assault on the strategic Deir Ezzur airbase and killed scores of the militants in a heavy counter-attack.
"They accept Chelsea having the ball and putting their body on the line and having a few counter-attacks. They won't accept that against Watford a couple of weeks before.
Asked if Agbonlahor was the ideal man to launch Villa's counter-attacks, Lambert replied: "If he plays like that and keeps that form and that way of playing then I don't see why not.
PARAGUAY coach Gerardo Martino has highlighted Japan's rapid counter-attacks and dead-ball prowess as two areas his side will need to address if they are to progress through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Summary: Sri Lanka's military on Monday, said government troops have trapped the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE in an area less than 45 square km in size in the island's northeast, despite fierce fighting by the rebels who are launching counter-attacks.
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