air strike VS air raid ??

uncharted

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BBC,,

Iraq formally requests US air strikes aginst ISIS.
We have a request from the Iraqi government for air power" confirmed top US military commander Gen Martin Dempsey.



Can I use air raid or air attacks as a replacement for air strike?
 
  • owlman5

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    English-US
    Hello, uncharted.

    I'm no expert on military terminology, but I think you can replace "air strikes" with "air raids" or "air attacks". All three phrases mean the same thing to me, but I don't believe "air raid" is as common now as it once was.
     
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    e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    I would say that air strike comes from AE.
    In the UK, during World War II, we had air raid shelters to give protection against air raids.
    Air strikes also sounds as if they are targeted, while air raids are more widely spread, being aimed at towns rather than specific buildings or people.
     

    RM1(SS)

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    English - US (Midwest)
    Air strikes also sounds as if they are targeted, while air raids are more widely spread, being aimed at towns rather than specific buildings or people.
    To me, air strikes would involve only a few aircraft, while an air raid would involve dozens or hundreds.
     

    Biffo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I agree with the others.

    In general an air raid is (or was) a bombing run where many aircraft dropped bombs with limited accuracy over a wide area.

    Today's air strikes can be very precisely targeted - hitting a single building or facility.

    The above is from memory, not from rigorous research.
     
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