Questions tagged [armed-conflict]

Questions about a conflict or conflicts either inside a country (commonly known as civil war) or between 2 or more countries (more commonly known as war)

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Why did Morocco invade the Spanish Perejil island in 2002?

Morocco invaded Spanish Perejil island in 2002. Why (political intention) they did it?
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Non-subjective definition of “terrorist”, or widely used equivalent term?

Philipp comments: ...We all know that one side's terrorists are another side's freedom fighters... Suppose big Country X provides arms to little Country y's native "freedom fighters", who do ...
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What about are the chances of a global (or local) nuclear war, given the (very complex) current political situation? [closed]

What are the odds of a local or global nuclear conflict? I can remember very well that in the eighties of the twentieth century I used to have nightmarish dreams of nuclear devices exploding on the ...
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What are the differences between mercenaries and a country's armed forces?

I don't quite get the exact difference. I know the mercenaries act with less oversight, but are also quite expensive. So I wonder why does the US military used mercenaries in Iraq and Afghanistan so ...
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Is there any armed opposition within North Korea?

North Korea has tight control on the civilian population and frequently executes political dissidents. It appears like it would be difficult to assemble and arm an opposition to the current regime due ...
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Why doesn't the Indian government hold a referendum in Kashmir?

On 21 April 1948, a resolution on Kashmir was adopted by the UNSC. According to that resolution, India should hold a referendum in Kashmir. Given the current chaotic situation in Kashmir, why doesn't ...
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Are car bombs considered a conventional weapon under international law?

If a "Red line" is drawn by the Obama administration over the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, because it is unconventional weapons, why is there no red line drawn for the use of a ...
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What were the effects of non-nationally divided states in Africa?

Many people today attribute the cause of the numerous conflicts especially in central Africa to be the division of the land to non-national states. And indeed, today the armed conflicts mostly consist ...
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Distribution of illegal/legalized Jewish settlements in the Oslo zones

On the Oslo accords, the West Bank was divided into 3 zones, A, B and C. In the Zone A, there is Palestinian police and Palestinian government. In the Zone B, there is Palestinian government, but ...
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How can 30 000 fighters control ISIS?

In some Czech news they say there are about 30 000 men actively fighting for the so-called Islamic State over all. It comes from the reports of CIA and Soufan group (20 000 according to the newest ...
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What is the reason for the Shia-Sunni conflict?

Almost everyday we hear about Shia and Sunni Muslims fighting each other. It is said that most Muslims die every year because of religion. What is the reason for the Shia-Sunni conflict?
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Why did Russia start its aggression against Ukraine after the Ukrainian unrest from 2013-2014?

There're still different opinions on the level of Russian participation in both the Crimean 2014 crisis and the East Ukraine's military pro-Russian unrest (2014 - now). But if we admit (as I do) that ...
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What happens if Ukraine and Russia go to war? [closed]

If the situation were to escalate from an energy/trade war into military war, what would happen? Obviously Europe would be dragged into the conflict, but who else would most likely join the efforts of ...
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Is there anything in UN charter or laws prohibiting a country to seek the destruction of another country?

The question is general, but the obvious context is the fact that Gaza is governed (and presumably, if not for US/Israel support to Fatah, entire Palestinian territory would be governed) by Hamas, ...
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Why is Egypt being the peace-keeper?

Egypt has taken initiative to hold peace talks between Israel and Palestine on various occasions. What is their interest in the matter? Is it simply a case of proximity, or does conflict between ...
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Why is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict such a big issue?

In terms of casualties at least, the conflict isn't that important - there were around twice as many casualties in the last year due to the ongoing Somalian civil war as Israeli casualties in the last ...
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What law compels countries to take prisoners who are NOT trying to surrender?

This arose around some comments on "Is it true that the US president can execute anyone without a trial?" Under the traditional rules of war you are not allowed to simply kill all of your ...
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What law compels countries to take prisoners who wish to surrender?

This arose around some comments on " Is it true that the US president can execute anyone without a trial? " Is there any international law, or convention (including Geneva) which compels any country ...