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The United States and Afghan National Army cordon and search operation in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, in 2011.

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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