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AGGRESSOR, crim. law. He who begins, a quarrel or dispute, either by threatening or striking another. No man may strike another because he has threatened, or in consequence of the use of any words.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(25.) Lt Col Paul Huffman, "Aggressor Transformation: Beyond the Flightline" (thesis, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL, 2007), 38, Project Red Baron analyzed the reasons for the Air Force's air-to-air losses in Vietnam.
In his essay, titled "Was Japan an Aggressor Nation?", Tamogami said that calling Japan "an aggressor nation" during the Second World War was "certainly a false accusation".
Summary: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the Iranian nation will strongly cut off hands of aggressors.
The basic principles of self-defense that the theory must explain are as follows: (1) the force used must be against an Unjust Aggressor; (2) the use of force must be necessary to protect oneself; (3) the amount of force used must be proportionate to the harm being threatened; and (4) the threat must be imminent.
of Wales-Aberystwyth) sets out principles for identifying the aggressor in an international conflict from perspectives of international relations, international law, and general principles of criminal law.
Judge Tony Lancaster told Cameron: "Mrs Howarth was probably the aggressor but you stamped on her face."
There is not a foolproof behavioral profile for the proactive aggressor. Consequently, the preceding behavioral profile is not intended to be the definitive framework for identifying proactive aggressors but, rather, should be applied as part of a comprehensive assessment protocol that examines each student's unique history, context, and behavior.
'A mortar shell that was fired from the aggressor lines, which exploded at this spot 24 years ago, killed 43 citizens, while 84 citizens of Sarajevo were wounded severely or had sustained minor injuries,' stated the SC press service.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a message to congratulate the anniversary of the liberation of Southern Lebanon said that resistance is the only way to stand against the aggressor Israeli regime.
While the new contractor aggressors complement, rather than replace, USAF's two in-house aggressor squadrons, the deals could pave the way for a permanent change in approach if the program proves successful.
In all seriousness, it is set of an interconnected threats and forceful means designed and implemented by aggressor against adversary as also to avoid direct attribution or retribution.