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insurgent

a person or group that rises in revolt against an established government or authority but whose conduct does not amount to belligerency.

INSURGENT. One who is concerned in an insurrection. He differs from a rebel in this, that rebel is always understood in a bad sense, or one who unjustly opposes the constituted authorities; insurgent may be one who justly opposes the tyranny of constituted authorities. The colonists who opposed the tyranny of the English government were insurgents, not rebels.

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Mallam Bulama, District Head of the village, confirmed that the insurgents invaded his village although he could not state exactly how many people were killed on injured.
Meanwhile, further information reaching the state capital, Damaturu indicated that insurgents were gathering between Yadi Boni and Goniri preparatory to strike somewhere.
Similarly, 10 insurgents were killed, 5 were wounded and some rounds of weapons and ammunition seized in Shahjoi district of Zabul.
Defense ministry said in total 12 joint offensive and clearing operations were launched and the AAF carried out 12 airstrikes against insurgents strongholds and hide-outs.
Kabul [Afghanistan], Mar 11 ( ANI ): At least 22 insurgents have been killed in ground and air operations conducted by the Afghan forces across the country.
At least 1800 insurgents have laid down their arms to date.
The Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to the other insurgent groups often kidnap civilians on charges of supporting the government and security forces.
The officials further added that the facility was used for the treatment of the Taliban insurgents from different provinces including Paktia, Ghazni, and other restive parts of the country.
'The insurgents, after capturing the village, took dozens of civilians hostage.
Operation Moshtarak was an Afghan-led operation to capture the Marjah District of Helmand Province from insurgents and involved a total force of 15,000, which included five brigades of Afghan forces from the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police, Afghan Border Police, and Afghan Gendarmerie as well as forces from the U.S., U.K., Denmark, Estonia, and Canada.
President Bashar al-Assad has hung on during a four-year insurgency, but his forces have been unable to retake control of large parts of Syria, and in recent weeks insurgents opposed both to his rule and to the Islamic State have made advances in the north and south.
How do insurgent groups defeat foreign states in war?