ADF → Allied Democratic Forces (Uganda, Congo).
ADVON → Advanced echelon.
AED → Attached explosive device (Iraqi media term for sticky bomb).
AIED → Aerial improvised explosive device.
ALP → Afghan Local Police.
AMISOM → African Union Mission in Somalia.
ANA → Afghan National Army.
ANFO → Ammonium nitrate-fuel oil.
APC → Armored personnel carrier.
AQ&A → Al Qaeda and affiliates.
AQAP → Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen).
AQIM → Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Sahara Desert/Sahel Region, Africa).
AQIS → Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.
ATGM → Anti-tank guided missile.
BDU → Bomb disposal unit (U.K. and elsewhere).
BIFF → Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (Philippines).
BOLO → Be on the lookout [for].
BRA/BLA → Baloch Republican Army a.k.a. Baloch Liberation Army (Pakistan).
BRN → Barisan Revolusi Nasional (Malaysia, Thailand).
CBRN → Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear.
CBRNE → Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives.
CoBRA → Commando Battalion for Resolute Action – CRPF elite wing (India).
CoG → Center of gravity.
CISF → Central Industrial Security Force (India).
CISF → Central Industrial Security Force (India).
CJTF → Civilian Joint Task Force (Nigeria).
DFP → Defensive fighting position.
DHKP/C → Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party–Front (Turkey).
ECP → Entry control point.
EFP → Explosively formed penetrator; a.k.a. explosively formed projectile.
ELN → National Liberation Army (Colombia).
EOD → Explosive ordnance disposal (United States military).
ETIM → East Turkestan Islamic Movement (China).
FARC → Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
FATA → Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Pakistan).
FC → Frontier Corps (Pakistan).
FOB → Forward Operating Base.
FRP → Frontier Reserve Police (Pakistan).
FSA → Free Syrian Army.
GNLA → Garo National Liberation Army (India).
HASM → Ḥaraka Sā‘ad Maṣr a.k.a. Hasm Movement (Arms of Egypt Movement, linked to the Muslim Brotherhood)
HE → High explosives.
HMMWV → High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle; a.k.a. Humvee.
HMTD → Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (explosive).
HTS → Hayy’at Taḥrīr al Shām (al Qaeda-linked “Assembly for the Liberation of Syria”).
HVE → Homegrown violent extremist.
IDF → Israel Defense Force.
IDP → Internally displaced person(s).
IED → Improvised explosive device.
IJU → Islamic Jihad Union (al Qaeda and Taliban-linked Uzbek group; Afghanistan, Uzbekistan).
IM → Indian Mujahideen (India).
IMU → Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
IRA → Irish Republican Army.
IS → Islamic State a.k.a. “Daesh”, ISIL or ISIS (Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Nigeria – a.k.a. Boko Haram, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Belgium, Philippines, Lebanon, Tunisia, France and Bangladesh).
ISF → Iraqi Security Forces.
ISI → Inter-Services Intelligence (Pakistan government).
ISIL/ISIS → Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant; a.k.a. Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham; a.k.a. Islamic State.
ISAF → International Security Assistance Force.
ISGS → Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger).
ISWAP → Islamic State West Africa Province (Wilāyat al Sudan al Gharbi); a.k.a. Boko Haram, Barnawi faction.
JA → Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (Pakistan).
JAD → Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (Indonesia)
JeM → Jaish-e-Mohammed (Pakistan, India).
JMB → Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (Bangladesh, India).
JN → Jabhat al Nusra (Syria).
JNIM →Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (Al Qaeda-linked group; Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Africa Sahel Region).
JTTF → Joint terrorism task force.
JuA → Jama’at ul Ahrar (Pakistan).
KCK → Kurdish Communities Union (Turkey).
KDF → Kenya Defense Forces.
KIB → Katibat Imam al Bukhari (a.k.a. Imam Bukhari Jamaat); Uzbek jihadist group in Afghanistan.
KLO → Kamtapur Liberation Organization (India).
LeJ → Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (Pakistan, Afghanistan).
LEO → Law enforcement officer.
LeT → Lashkar-e-Taiba (Pakistan, India).
LTTE → Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Sri Lanka).
MAA → Arab Movement for Azawad (Mali).
MANPAD → Man portable air defense system.
MEPS → Military Entrance Processing Station.
MINUSMA →United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali.
MNLA → National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (Mali – French acronym).
MNRF → Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (India).
MOAB → Massive Ordnance Air Blast (U.S. large yield non-nuclear bomb).
MP → Member of Parliament.
MUJAO → Movement for Tawhid (Oneness) and Jihad in West Africa.
MWD → Military working dog.
NDFB → National Democratic Front of Bodoland (India).
NDFB-S → National Democratic Front of Bodoland – Songbijit faction (India).
NDS → National Directorate for Security (Afghanistan Intelligence).
NFI → No further information.
NFSI → No further significant information.
NPA → Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (Philippines).
NSA → National Security Agency (United States).
NSCN-IM → Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland: Isak-Muivah (India, Myanmar). NSCN-K Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland: Khaplang (India, Myanmar).
NSCN-K → Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland: Khaplang (India, Myanmar).
NVG → Night vision goggles.
OPSEC → Operations Security.
PA → Palestinian Authority
PBIED → Person-borne improvised explosive device.
PIR → Priority intelligence requirements.
PLO → Palestine Liberation Organization.
PKK → Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan (Kurdistan Workers Party – Turkey).
PMU/PMF →Popular Mobilization Unit/Force (Shi’a militia groups popularly known as al Hash’d al Sha’abi in Iraq).
POV → Privately owned vehicle.
PREPAK → People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (India).
PRT → Provincial reconstruction team.
QRD → Quick Response [Force] Division (Iraq).
RCIED → Radio/remote controlled improvised explosive device.
RKK → Runda Kumpalan Kecil (Thailand).
SAA → Syrian Arab Army.
SDF → Syrian Democratic Forces.
SOF → Special operations forces.
SOHR → Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
SOP → Standard operating procedure.
SPG → Sinai Province Group (Islamic State affiliate formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis – Egypt).
SSP → Senior superintendent of police a.k.a. district police chief (Pakistan).
SVBIED → Suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.
TAK → Teyrebazen Azadiya Kurdistan a.k.a. Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (Turkey).
TATP → Triacetone triperoxide (explosive).
TCN → Third country national.
TCO → Transnational criminal organization.
TTP → Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban).
TTP → Tactics, techniques and procedures (U.S.).
UAS/UAV → Unmanned aircraft systems/unmanned aerial vehicle.
UBL → Usama bin Laden; commonly spelled Osama bin Laden.
UCAS → Unmanned combat aircraft systems.
ULFA → United Liberation Front of Assam (India).
UNESCO → United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization.
UNHCR → United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
UNLF → United National Liberation Front of Manipur (India).
VBIED → Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.
WBIED → Water-borne improvised explosive device.
WMD → Weapon of Mass Destruction.
YPG → Yekîneyên Parastina Gel (People’s Protection Units – Syria).
Asayish → Kurdish militia force volunteers (Iraq, Syria).
Chowk → Marketplace or market area; a courtyard or a road junction; or roundabout (Indian subcontinent).
Flyover → Overhead crossing; highway overpass (Great Britain, India).
Godown → Warehouse or a storage place at a dock or port (India, Malaysia and Southeast Asia).
Hazāra → Minority Persian-speaking ethic group of Shi’a Muslims (Afghanistan and Pakistan).
Houthi → Ansar Allah (Partisans of God); a.k.a. “popular committees”; Muslim fighters for the Zaidi branch of Shi’a Islam; name derived from their former commander Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi (Yemen).
Husseiniya → Shi’a congregation hall for commemoration ceremonies; a.k.a. Hussainia, Ashurkhana or Imambargah (Middle East and Southern Asia).
Jawan → Junior soldier; not a commission officer (India).
Khasadar force → Tribal police force members selected from each of the local area tribes (Pakistan).
Narcomanta → A threat message left by a drug cartel on a cloth banner (Mexico).
Naxal, Naxalite → Communist guerillas linked to the Communist Party of India – name derived from the West Bengal village of Naxalbari (movement’s origin); a.k.a. Maoists (India).
Peshmerga → Kurdish security forces (Iraq, Syria).
Sahwa → Sunni “Awakening” militia force volunteers (Iraq).
Tehsil → Administrative sub-division (Pakistan, Southern Asia).
Tiffin Bomb → A locking vacuum container often used to transport meals employed by militants as an IED
OODA Loop → A.K.A. “Boyd’s circle” (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act).