death squad

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a clandestine military or paramilitary team who murder political dissidents or petty criminals (usually with the government's tacit approval)

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Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Pakistani Taliban set up a special death squad to target former Pakistani president General Parvez Mosharaf who is expected to land in Karachi on March 24, said a militant video.
The paramilitary death squads, the largest of which is known as the Peasant Self-Defense Union, or AUC, emerged in the early 1980s.
Major General Richard Shirreff said Operation Thyme had marked a turning point in the battle with Basra's death squads.
ambassador, he testified, "I do not believe that death squads were operating in Honduras.
army official that he (Garcia) "knew security forces were participating in death squads.
Using the alias Mario Gomez, he said he was a senior officer in a federal police "task group" - the official euphemism for the death squads - during the 1976-83 military dictatorship.
Four Britons, two Americans and two New Zealanders were butchered by a Rwandan death squad last Monday.
Rivera Damas' charge, dismissed by some at the time, was confirmed last week with the release of a report that cataloged death squad activities during the war.
Stephen Yagman, a civil rights attorney who has pressed several lawsuits against the unit, calls the SIS a death squad.
Rampant death squad killings in the 1970s were one of the main factors that prompted many Salvadorans to take up arms and form the guerrilla coalition known as the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front.
The death squad killers were under the command of men trained at the School of the Americas.
That has left many Mexicans struggling to understand how political differences among them could have led the attackers to form a death squad and gun down their neighbors with chilling brutality.
AN IRISH human rights worker has escaped a Colombian death squad, it was revealed yesterday.
He is alleged to have been a platoon leader in a Nazi death squad involved in the deaths of 30,000, mostly Jewish civilians, in Lithuania and Belarus in 1941.