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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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He approved a counterattack, thinking that even if the US did not approve -- with the US already having clearly won -- Arab states who might have pulled out of the coalition at the start of the war would find it too hard to pull out at this later point.
2) While the German 15th Panzer Regiment's counterattack and heavy resistance certainly contributed to halting the Russian advance, the Russians simply did not exploit their attack.
The keeper does not have to punt the ball into a crowd of people somewhere near the center circle--risking the loss of possession and a counterattack.
They repulsed every counterattack aimed at destroying them.
Enabling troops to quickly set up, execute a fire mission, and then move away from their launch site reduces the risk of a counterattack, Colvin said.
An initial counterattack, the innate response depends on patrolling cells such as macrophages and neutrophils, which recognize features common to many microbes.
Groenkjaer picked up a ball from Claus Jensen in the fourth minute and ran through the Norwegian defence to score in a quick counterattack.
Detailing both China's pros and cons (poor infrastructure and long deliveries), he described what he hopes will he a counterattack waged by the domestic industry.
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The counterattack was often more revolting than the crime.
By enlisting the support of a Seattle based feminist martial arts organization, this gallant Toys "R" Us nemesis virtually assured a broader-based insurgency against gender marketing, preventing toy companies from waging an entirely regional counterattack.