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Examples of military operations that Israel could have followed after October 7?

Many of those who have little tolerance for Hamas, or even agree that it should be dismantled, still disagree with the way Israel is doing it. While the shortcomings/evils of the Israeli actions in ...
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Why don't NATO troops and untrained volunteers help Ukraine prepare fortified positions?

Recently, after the fall of Avdiivka, Russia made some relatively quick advances due to the lack of prepared defense lines. At this point, with Ukraine on the backfoot, its important for them to fight ...
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How does the Russian invasion of Ukraine compare with the Vietnam War? [closed]

Wars have occurred between different countries and alliances since Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Surely there must be something we can learn by comparing different conflicts? ...
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Why did it take so much time for the IDF to intervene on 7 October 2023, especially in kibbutzs? [closed]

Why did it take so much time for the IDF to intervene on 7 October 2023, especially in kibbutzs? Shouldn't there have been a quick reaction plan and a quick response, especially since there were areas ...
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Is it common to win a war with a strictly defensive posture? [closed]

Ukraine has strong restrictions on the use of the military equipment provided by "the West", notably the fact that they must be only used as a defensive measure. Russia's targets are varied ...
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Is there a plausible military purpose for the recent use of white phosphorus in Gaza?

news agencies and human rights groups have suggested Israel may have used white phosophorus in Gaza last week (the week starting Oct 8): https://www.hrw.org/news/2023/10/12/israel-white-phosphorus-...
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Will a nuclear country use nuclear weapons if attacked by conventional means by another nuclear country?

I am a learner of the Russian language and saw the following statement by a vice-president of the Russian Academy of Geopolitical Problems: Скажу лишь то, что в условиях обычной войны, если на нас ...
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Could a party other than Ukraine really be shelling the Zaporizhye NPP? [closed]

ITV says (yesterday) that Russia and Ukraine trade blame over shelling near Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant Call me a Russian stooge if you will, but - Russia holds the plant, the surrounding grounds ...
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Did Israeli officials confirm any sort of attack directly on Iranian territory?

BBC has this: But in Israel there was criticism over the limited scope of the attack. The far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben Gvir, posted on social media one word: "Lame." The ...
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As of 2024, how can Russia escalate the war in Ukraine?

According to this answer for the question Why do Western countries not send more powerful weapons to Ukraine?, Western countries are reluctant also out of fear of conflict escalation: It is not in ...
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What is Russia's stated military strategy in Ukraine as of early 2023?

Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. After a short initial phase of the invasion, in which Russia's forces advanced quickly but did not take stable control of a lot of area and gradually met stiff ...
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What are the consequences for Iraq if it chooses to not repay the amount of war reparation owed?

After the Gulf War, Iraq accepted United Nations Security Council Resolution 687, which declared Iraq's financial liability for damage caused in its invasion of Kuwait.[17] The United Nations ...
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Based on the current/planned cost of the war, is Israel able to sustain the war in Gaza without extra aid from United States?

I wonder based on the current economic situation of Israel, if it could sustain the war against Hamas by itself without external aid. It is reported that the United States committed over $3.3 billion ...
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Does Russia's veto at the UN Security Council end any role for the United Nations in investigating the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria?

This afternoon, a resolution at the UN Security Council, aimed to establish an independent investigation into alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria, was vetoed by Russia. Is there a way that the ...
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Was the 2003 Iraq War an undeclared war to circumvent the Geneva Conventions?

The Iraq Resolution known as "AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAQ RESOLUTION OF 2002" cites national policy, a war on "terrorism", and United Nations Security Council Resolutions to ...
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Why does a religious holiday increase the risk of military conflict?

Many sources claim that the Muslim holiday of Ramadan might be a point of escalation of the war in the Middle East. For example, this WSJ article) says The risk of the conflict spreading during ...
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Are there any major organizations or individuals in China who have expressed pro-Ukranian views in their current conflict?

In the current Russia-Ukraine war, China has professed neutrality but articles like this and this suggest that support for Russia is high amongst its citizens along with soft support from the Chinese ...
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What prevents Russia from mimicking the Iranian attack against Israel? [closed]

A question that has been bugging me for a while is: why hasn't Russia tested NATO unity by carrying a relatively harmless or deniable attack against a NATO member? Though until recently I imagined ...
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When was the last time a country intentionally attacked another's foreign consulate or embassy that wasn't on their soil?

In light of Israel's recent attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria (April 1, 2024), I'm wondering if this is the first case of a country engaging in hostilities by Intentionally attacking another's ...
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Why did the USA provide a $1 billion Patriot battery but not a $34 million F-16 to Ukraine?

Why did the USA quickly provide a $1 billion Patriot battery to Ukraine but not a $34 million F-16? My guess is that, since China most likely possesses “Kinzhal-like” missiles as well, it was ...
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Could Iran have obtained any valuable intelligence from its April 13 attack? [closed]

It seems that the Iranian April 13 attack against Israel had mostly political objectives: testing what western powers would and would not do to support Israel and their interests in the Middle East, ...
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Did any country in the G20 not condemn the Iranian drone & missile attack on Israel?

CNN: In a joint statement released after the virtual meeting, the G7 members condemned “in the strongest terms” Iran’s “direct and unprecedented attack” against Israel and expressed their “full ...
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Did Iran launch & path their [counter-]attack on Israel in such a way to ensure high visibility from the ground en route?

Social media has been inundated with videos of Iranian drones and cruise missiles passing over populated centers in Iran and Iraq, en route to Israel. I'm curious if this is plausibly a deliberate ...
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What proportion of recognised countries have their foundation through violence?

On what grounds are countries considered sovereign? had part of its question as By what means is a country considered legitimate or sovereign, even if [its] foundation were through violence or ...
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Has there ever arisen a nation-state without violence/war/extreme subordination? [duplicate]

Has there ever arisen a nation-state (building/birth/creation of a new nation state) without violence/war/extreme subordination? But rather peacefully, organically, with all parties and neighbours ...
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Attitudes to man-made famine in WW1

Have any western governments condemned the use of famine as a weapon of war in World War 1 (or acknowledged their culpability)? Have there been attempts to prosecute the responsible for the genocide? ...
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Why has Russia made surprisingly little use of its Air Force in the Russo-Ukrainian war?

Russia has vastly more warplanes than Ukraine does, and its warplanes have suffered only comparatively light casualties in the Russo-Ukrainian war. And, NATO forces have not been willing to put their ...
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Why did Ukraine mobilize a relatively small number of soldiers for the war?

As far as I can tell, Ukraine mobilized less than 500 thousand people for the war effort. But given that the war is an existential crisis for the nation, why didn’t they mobilize a few million men in ...
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To what extent can citizens of democracies be held responsible for the acts of their governments?

The United States has often the case used the justification of removing a dictator as a reason to go to war. This has inflicted untold suffering onto the peoples of many nations. This brings into ...
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Why do Western countries not send more powerful weapons to Ukraine?

One of the most important reasons for Ukrainians being able to defend themselves against the Russian military is the weapons sent by various NATO / EU countries. However, it seems that there is quite ...
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War "strategism"

I'm just reading an article and I see this sentiment expressed: Ukraine has been let down by a US-led reluctance to supply Ukraine with the weapons it needs, meaning Kyiv lost a golden opportunity to ...
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"Some 40 countries... on the sidelines of the (Russia v. Ukraine) war were invited to talks... in Saudi Arabia" Who was/wasn't invited? Who declined?

The New York Times' August 5, 2023 Ukraine Starts New Diplomatic Push to Weaken Russia begins: Ukraine made a renewed push this weekend at a gathering in Saudi Arabia to win the support of dozens of ...
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What countries are calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in 2021?

Because of the ongoing hostilities between Israel and Hamas, multiple countries have said they are interested in making a peace treaty. What countries have called for the hostilities to stop? To ...
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You're at war with countries X and Y. Does international law say anything about bombing X's embassy in Y (to kill a high-value target)?

Reportedly: The Iranian ambassador, Hossein Akbari, said Israeli F-35 fighter jets "brutally targeted my place of residence and the consular section of the embassy, along with Iran's military ...
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Two years after the breakout of Ukraine war, is/how is Russia successful in sustaining its economy (now even growing?) and the war?

Since 2022, Russia has received huge amount of Western economic sanctions. The war itself is money-burning. I understand that war may stimulate military-related economy as explained in this VOA ...
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Why isn't any unprovoked act of aggression considered a war crime?

I'm struggling to understand the notion of "war crimes". It refers to acts within the context of a war that are considered especially heinous and outside the normal parameters of armed ...
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Does Ukraine now have access to the Bosporus?

I see contradictory reports on the Internet. Opinions and news seem to have two focal points: Russia has gotten out of the "grain deal", making it impossible for Ukrainian ships to leave ...
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Exit strategies for the Ukraine war

[Remark three months later, Aug 24, 2022: The question seems as pressing as ever. The conflict has indeed turned into a text book war of attrition, with neither side being able to make a decisive move....
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What makes the war in Ukraine exceptional?

I would like to state beforehand that the war Ukraine is tragic and I hope the conflict will end soon (preferably resolved via negotiations). However it is hard to ignore that it receives a lot more ...
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Is there a political faction in Russia publicly advocating for an immediate ceasefire?

Analogous to the corresponding question about Ukraine: All the official news coverage I've seen have indicated most of Russia is determined in continued fighting in Ukraine, saying things like that ...
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Why does Ukraine deny responsibility for attacks on Russia?

What is the reasoning behind Ukraine denying (or refusing to accept) responsibility for attacks and incidents of sabotage in Russia? From a recent article: There was no immediate comment from ...
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Is it true that Netanyahu did not make any (negative) statements about the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

Russian FM Lavrov said in an interview that he was shocked that former Israeli PM Lapid criticized Russia about their attempts to demilitarize Ukraine (and subsequent "annexation"), when ...
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Why did Putin call Ukrainian officials “drug addicts”?

Among other things, Putin has called the Ukrainian leadership a “band of drug addicts” (source) shortly before invading Ukraine in 2022. This seems like a strange accusation. He could have simply ...
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Why is Russia not using nuclear weapons against Ukraine?

Russia is suffering from the cost of war in both blood, money, and resources. The sanctions hurts their economy and the international condemnation hurts their reputation and pride. All of this will ...
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Are power plants legitimate military targets under international law?

I've seen clips and articles stating that recent Russian attacks on Ukrainian power plants amount to "War Crimes". This seems right to me but I couldn't find any resource explicitly ...
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Which pro-Russian movements or parties are still left in the part of Ukraine not under Russian control as of May 2023?

I once saw on Telegram a pro-Russian group called Tradition and Order. I am asking if are there still some pro-Russian groups left in the part of Ukraine not under Russian control as of May 2023 Edit: ...
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Is a naval blockade considered a de jure, or a de facto declaration of war?

Is a naval blockade considered a de jure, or a de facto declaration of war? Let's say that China, or any other country for that matter, is subjected to a naval blockade by the United States, and as a ...
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Ukraine-Russia - Do relevant world organizations provide an effective negotiation-center for this one, or have a suitable focus on doing so? [closed]

Ukraine-Russia - Do relevant world organizations provide an effective negotiation-center for this one, or have a suitable focus on doing so ? Maybe the core features of a negotiation-center, would be -...
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Why are the territories gained by Israel in 1967 not internationally recognized?

It seems that, prior to WWII, lands conquered in war were considered legitimately part of the winning state. After WWII, the international doctrine changed that territories acquired in an aggressive ...
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Why Russia is not launching another attack from the north on Ukraine? [closed]

Recently, Russia has made progress in the war in the eastern four provinces of Ukraine. However, what puzzles me is why Russia is not launching further offensives near Belgorod and Kharkiv, leaving ...

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