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In 2014, Islamic State blitzed through half the country and threatened the capital

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Blitz, noun and verb, comes from the German blitzkrieg:

noun

  1. an intensive or sudden military attack.

  2. INFORMAL a sudden, energetic, and concerted effort, typically on a specific task.

"a major press blitz”

verb

  1. attack or damage (a place or building) in a blitz. "news came that Rotterdam had been blitzed"

  2. AMERICAN FOOTBALL attack (the passer) in a blitz.

From Oxford via Lexico.com

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