Cordon and search

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The United States and Afghan National Army cordon and search operation in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, in 2011.
WW II house search (reenactment)

Cordon and search is a military tactic to cordon off an area and search the premises for weapons or insurgents.[1][2] It is one of the basic counter insurgency operations.[3] Other related operations are Cordon and knock[4][5][6] and Cordon and kick.

Cordon and knock is a relatively new technique in military operations. It has taken over the old term of a simple house search. It is part of new doctrine called Stability and Support Operations or SASO. It is a technique used where there is no hard intelligence of weapons in the house and therefore is less intense than a normal house search. It is used in urban neighborhoods. The purpose of the mission is to search a house with as little inconvenience to the resident family as possible.


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  2. ^ "Tactics 101: 026. Cordon and Search Operations". Armchair General. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  3. ^ "Basic Counter-Insurgency". Military History Online. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  4. ^ Chronology: How the Mosul raid unfolded. Retrieved 28.07.2005.
  5. ^ U.S. Detains 6 Iranians in Irbil Raid Accessed Jan 11 2007 -- included use of "stun bombs" in the operation.
  6. ^ Used in "Operation Quick Strike" in Iraq on August 6, 2005. Retrieved 11 January 2007.