strike at the heart of (something)

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strike at the heart of (something)

To attack the central part or most crucial element of something; to attack the part that allows something to function. By cracking down on the opium trade, the task force is hoping to strike at the heart of terrorist funding in the region.
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Mr Cameron said: "If this strike was successful - and we still await confirmation of that - it will be a strike at the heart of Isil.
Written in a vivid tone that manages to be both lyrical and prosaic at the same time, these poems strike at the heart of their subject matter to unveil the things that make up our lives.
Special Forces raids should be conducted on a large scale, to strike at the heart of ISIS, decapitating its leadership, killing its fighters and destroying its military hardware.
The allegations, which strike at the heart of the World Cup's integrity, were made by German magazine Der Spiegel who yesterday said they stuck by their report which stated convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal correctly predicted Cameroon's result against Croatia - a 4-0 defeat and that a player would be sent off in the first half - in a Facebook discussion with a journalist before the game.
So when some backstreet operator runs up imitations and sells them in rundown market stalls, the manufacturers are naturally furious as such imitations strike at the heart of their mystique.
None one thought the Shebab could still strike at the heart of government but it happened and it was a really horrible attack, it is really very difficult to fight someone who does not fear the pain of death," said Muktar Isa, a resident.
We will strike at the heart of France," said a leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), an offshoot of AQIM (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb).
the EU and their close friends have either tightened up their own embargoes or rapidly put new penalties in place to strike at the heart of Iran's oil exports and economy.
Sentencing the IT graduate to 12 years at a hearing on Friday, a judge said: "You became a viper in our midst, willing to go as far as possible to strike at the heart of our system.
You became a viper in our midst willing to go to as far as possible to strike at the heart of our system," he added.
The spokesman said that "Lion's Leap" continues to strike at the heart of the al Qaeda leadership.
Going from six days to five might strike at the heart of a longstanding American tradition, but changing habits by residents and businesses may leave the government no choice.
Vos releases the captives and Patrick swears revenge, declaring war on the government by joining the African National Congress (ANC), plotting a strike at the heart of the ruling minority.
It's the amazing story of Carthaginian General Hannibal, who tired of the Romans' hold over his people and took an army and 37 elephants across the Alps to strike at the heart of the empire.
If anyone comes along to fill this void they can expect the same sort of treatment as we continue to strike at the heart of criminal activity in our region.