Surgical strike

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This page is about the military attack; for the Sega CD FMV game, see Surgical Strike (video game).

A surgical strike is a military attack which results in, was intended to result in, or is claimed to have resulted in only damage to the intended legitimate military target, and no or minimal collateral damage to surrounding structures, vehicles, buildings, etc.[1]

Precision bombing is an example of a surgical strike carried out by aircraft - it can be contrasted against carpet bombing.

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  1. ^ Shultz, Jr., Richard H.; Shultz, Richard H.; Pfaltzgraff, Robert L.; Shultz, Jr., Richard H.; Pfaltzgraff, Robert L.; Shultz, Richard H. (1992). The Future of Air Power: In the Aftermath of the Gulf War. DIANE Publishing. ISBN 1-58566-046-9.