One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A military combat zone in which there are no restrictions on the use of fire power.
- ‘Obviously that delay cost us the ability to engage and destroy that enemy (this wasn't true in free fire zones).’
- ‘You couldn't achieve that by indiscriminate use of weapons in free fire zones.’
- ‘There were, of course, occasions when Vietnamese civilians directly attacked U.S. troops, but those which drew the attention of news reporters were overwhelmingly those in which a village was labeled a free fire zone and innocent lives were taken in outbursts of indiscriminate fire and brutality.’
- ‘However, I did take part in free fire zones and I did take part in harassment interdiction fire. I did take part in search-and-destroy missions in which the houses of noncombatants were burned to the ground.’
- ‘I would say he was stranded in a free fire zone for maybe 30 seconds.’
- ‘They are free fire zones for terrorists and lunatics.’
- ‘What he says is that he wasn't blaming the veterans - he was careful to blame the leaders, the people who gave the orders for things like free fire zones and search and destroy missions.’
- ‘I committed the same kinds of atrocities as thousands of others in that I shot in free fire zones, fired 50-caliber machine bullets, used harass-and-interdiction fire, joined in search-and-destroy missions, and burned villages.’
- 1.1 An area of activity apparently without rules.
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