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fortress

1. A fortification of massive scale, generally of monumental character and sometimes including an urban core; also called stronghold.
2. A protected place of refuge.
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With these areas now clear, the Syrian Army will shift their attention to either the militant stronghold of Ma'arat Al-Nu'man or the Al-Ghaab Plain.
'Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations,' Atiku said.
'We are expecting votes from 30 villages,' he said and added that Lashari Goth, Sheedi Goth and Ibrahim Goth were their strongholds. Ali, who is a builder by profession, belongs to Sindh's Burgari cast, which he believes will help him bag votes from the Sindhi community.
"In the last 24 hours, ANDSF launched 12 joint offensive and clearing preplanned operations and the Commando forces did 114 special tasks and the AAF did 12 strikes on insurgents' strongholds in different parts of the country.
Wiper, Ford Kenya and ANC all lost ground in their strongholds to ODM and Jubilee.
Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today said Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) must think positive if it hopes to capture seats considered as Opposition strongholds in the 14th general election.
Karachi -- In a latest of a series of developments, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain's posters were removed from party strongholds in Karachi and other cities of Sindh.
The military on Tuesday said it had seized two strongholds of the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan after more than a month of military operations.
Peter Wagner in "Breaking Spiritual Strongholds in Your City" alerts the reader to a new trend toward a movement of the Holy Spirit in preparation of the body of Christ for an unparalleled advance of the Kingdom of God.
The gains have strained supply lines between the Islamic State group's westernmost strongholds in Aleppo province from its core territory in eastern Syria.
Tripoli, SANA -- Scores of terrorists who belong to "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria" terrorist organization were killed in Libyan and Egyptian air strikes targeting strongholds of the terrorist organization in Libya.
In recent years, research by Sea Trust and other conservationists has established that the north Pembrokeshire coast and such inshore islands as Skokholm, Skomer and Ramsay are porpoise strongholds.