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True or False:  The military offensive term "search and destroy" requires...

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maganda12 | eNoter

Posted September 21, 2008 at 10:47 AM via web

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True or False:  The military offensive term "search and destroy" requires soldiers to find and kill as many of the enemy as possible.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 21, 2008 at 1:15 PM (Answer #1)

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False. The military term "search and destroy" can refer to things other than soldiers. It can refer to munitions, equipment, and other items that might be dangerous or interfere with combat missions. Sometimes "search and destroy" missions are covert operations and by killing as many as the enemy as possible, one would draw too much attention to the operation. However, there are cases in which the term "search and destroy" does refer to enemy soldiers but to use this as a blanket term for killing as many as possible is inaccurate.

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