center of gravity
 n.— «The bread basket, an area of 45 square miles in northeastern Iraq, had been one of Al Qaeda in Iraq’s few remaining “centers of gravity,” as U.S. military commanders termed it—a place the group had fled to once it was forced from Anbar province.» —“After Al Qaeda” by Lennox Samuels Newsweek Jan. 22, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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