Afghan War Glossary
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The military community uses a multitude and variety of terms, phrases, and expressions in its vocabulary. This is especially true in the Afghan theater of operations. Some terms, phases, and words are formal in nature while others are derived from common usage. This glossary is intended to assist those new to the Afghan theater or others unfamiliar with terminology or slang used by those working or serving in Afghanistan.
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Zakat. Religious tax on assets and liquidity.
Zero Dark Thirty. Really early in the morning; like when it is dark. There is also a movie by that name.
ZOS. Zone of Separation.
ZPU-1. Soviet-era anti-aircraft gun.
ZPU-2. Soviet-era anti-aircraft gun.
ZSU. Soviet-bloc anti-aircraft gun (23mm).
Zulu. Zulu Time; Greenwich Meridean Time.
The definitions provided in this Afghan War Glossary are from many different sources to include publications, documents, and personal knowledge. In some instances, there are several definitions or meanings to a word or phrase.
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