fifth column

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  • noun

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a subversive group that supports the enemy and engages in espionage or sabotage

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Instead of backing proxy statelets, the strategy is to embed the conflict and his fifth column within the Ukrainian state, allowing him to pursue his aims while seeking to lift the costly Western sanctions.
He further underscored the need to stop gum Arabic exports for two years in order to make the whole world "bow" and stressed that the fifth column within the country is spreading rumors that stopping gum Arabic exports would negatively impact the economy, saying those claims are incorrect.
Russia is now strong enough to afford unfriendly measures towards the regimes that have been using the Wahhabi fifth column in order to destabilize the situation in our country.
A Pakistani militant groups constantly kills Pakistani Shias, accusing them of being a fifth column for Iran.
The Turkish administration is worried that the sectarian strife which has plagued Syria since the outbreak of fighting against President Assad in March 2011 might spread to Turkey, with the Syrian government establishing a fifth column among the religious minorities of Hatay, especially the Alawites, in order to destabilise its neighbour to the north,' he says.
According to her "there is a fifth column operating in the country" whose protagonists are linked to the Syrian conflict.
Many of the films will be screened at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) Liverpool, including She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column, Future My Love, Desert Hearts, I Want Your Love, The Invisibles and Any Day Now.
AL-INTIBAHA: -Vice President: We will not accept Fifth Column (either white or red).
Maggie would never have gone along with George W's disastrous Iraq invasion and would have told him outright that the neocons were a fifth column, not the cold warriors they posed as before the Soviet collapse.
Iran is using Shi'ite Lebanese migrants as fifth column to ignite sectarian-motivated wars and enable Tehran to expand its hegemony in the Sunni world in the Middle East.
So, for your first column, you mark groups 1, 2, 6 and 7, for your second column use groups 1, 3, 6 and 9 and so on until, finally, you complete your fifth column with groups 3, 4, 5 and 8.
The security source told (Saba) that such news, that have been aired by some websites during Eid ,fall under rumors by so-called the fifth column that seeks to broadcast such fictitious rumors to thwart the tourist movement in Aden that has earned great success.
Omar al-Khadrawi said He did not name the suspect but reiterated that those who committed the heinous act were desperate remnants of the former oppressive regime and the fifth column.
The source called on the majority of wise people in Qatif Province, who would definitely not be appeased of this situation and inflicted by the harms of this brutal minor category to carry out their historical duty against this minority which is clandestinely motivated by foreign hands, benefit from the lessons of recent and ancient history and the experiences of different peoples which proved that they use such ignorant and young men as a fifth column that achieves their plots and alleviate the pressure mounted on them.
I think that the people working under the guise of human rights organisations or doctors without borders are Gaddafi's fifth column.