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A surgical strike is a military attack which results in, was intended to result in, or is claimed to have resulted in only damage to the intended legitimate military target, and no or mininal collateral damage to surrounding structures, vehicles, buildings, etc.
Surgical strikes are generally carried out by precision guided munitions, and in particular by aircraft. However the term "surgical strike" may also be employed to describe an assassination by precise means, such as with a sniper rifle.