I think it is better to say "a foreign country" here. In the context of warfare, many countries may seem "strange", but what is important is whether or not they are foreign.
It directly regards to the words that the mainstream media uses to describe this kind of situation. Now we use them for sarcasm mainly.
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The audio does not pronounce the "một", yet DL requires we enter it when doing a listening task. Reported incorrect audio.
it's there though. he says it very quickly, but I do hear it.