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Synonyms for paramilitary

a group of civilians organized in a military fashion (especially to operate in place of or to assist regular army troops)

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military, which then requires a sizable presence to effectively monitor the safety of the private army.
Dera Sacha Sauda's private army mirrors the private army godman' Rampal who was arrested on November 19 from Satlok Ashram.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has denied forming a private army, saying a youth-driven reserve force was a justified line of defence (AP)
"They are becoming the private army of Her Majesty's Government.
He once took his radio equipment into Ravenna when neither the Germans nor the Allies were in control of it, but rather a partisan group called Popski's Private Army. He often told groups he was conducting to places of interest in Europe that he had slept on Dante's bones, but when some of them asked him whether this was near the Dante memorial outside the central square in Ravenna he had to admit, "No." After one such admission, he got up early the next morning and went hunting around Ravenna's cemeteries, in one of which he found a plaque on a wall saying that Dante's remains had been transferred there for safekeeping during the war.
The speech draft prepared for FDR brought to mind Mussolini addressing his Black-Shirt followers, many of whom were demobilized veterans who joined Il Duce's private army.
The incident showed how the new Hamas-led government is turning to its private army to impose order as it fights the rival Fatah movement for control of Palestinian security forces.
troops and a private army under the command of Governor Jan Mohammad, a man Baranowska calls "local warlord, police force, and judiciary." Mohammad is an imposing figure with his shocking white beard, dark green cloak and turban, and an AK-47 slung behind his back.
Also removed from the cabinet were Gul Agha Sherzai, a southern warlord who had been public works minister, and Sayed Hussain Anwari, who controlled a private army in the north and had been agriculture minister.
The Pakistan Army was reported to have organized a Lashkar (private army) of 2,000 for help in the antiterrorism operation against the foreign terrorists and their local supporters in a rugged mountainous area of South Waziristan.
Afghan state television reported that his father,Ismail Khan, a former anti-Soviet resistance commander who runs a large private army, was also targeted in a separate attack,but escaped unhurt.
To carry out his slave rebellion, Brown organized a private army, including three of his sons, and bought thousands of dollars in weapons with money supplied by Northern supporters.
Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek who controls the largest northern city, Mazar-e-Sharif, with his own private army, had been angry because the key ministries of defence, foreign affairs and the interior all went to an ethnic Tajik group from the Panjshir valley.
"Both David Trimble and Bertie Ahern said you couldn't be in government and have a private army at your beckon call and it's clear that under this declaration and the Agreement that there will be people in government who have a private army at their beckon call," he said.
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