stop an advance

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The Saudi-led coalition launched an air war, called Operation Decisive Storm, on March 26 to try to stop an advance by Shiite Huthi rebels and allied military units loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Benghazi: Forces loyal to Libya's recognised government on Saturday conducted air strikes on targets near the eastern oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es-Sider to stop an advance by a rivals, officials said.
Summary: Britain is to transport foreign troops and equipment to Mali amid efforts to stop an advance by rebels.
Beirut; The Syrian regime has deployed additional forces on a road near Damascus airport in a bid to stop an advance by opposition rebels, activists said Saturday.
When a fighter is swarming all over you there is nothing like an old fashioned whack on the nose to stop an advance.