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 does China avoid armed conflicts in Africa and the ME?

All permanent members in the UNSC, except China, are more or less always involved in armed conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. Even though China has overseas deployments, its soldiers are not ...
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Why does Russia view missile defense as a strategic threat?

A key hurdle in the talks has been Russia’s demand that the U.S. stop resisting limits on its missile defenses, which the Russians view as a long-term threat and the Americans see as a deterrent to ...
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Can the United Nations security council deploy forces in areas of conflict without consent from a rebel group?

On a United Nations site for, DEPLOYING PEACEKEEPERS, it said that As a conflict develops, worsens, or approaches resolution, the UN is frequently involved in a number of consultations to determine ...
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Last American soldier leaving Afghanistan, was there a deal from American govt with Taliban to hold fire [duplicate]

Per the news the last American soldier boarded the flight showing his back to the Talibans, they could have fired shots since the last flight of American soldiers out numbered the Taliban forces. Also ...
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Why did the Afar forces (allegedly) attack the Somali town of Garbaiisa?

I'm confused on the possible reason for the attack in July 2021 (allegedly) carried out by Afar forces in Garbaiisa, a town in the neighboring region of Somali (not to be confused with the independent ...
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Who is helping the Tigray TDF?

Last year the Ethiopian army quickly overran the capital of Tigray (Mekelle) and drove the Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) into the mountains, caves, forests etc., seemingly turning the conflict into a ...
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"$300 Million a day on Afghanistan" - so what happens to that money now?

President Biden, in his speech regarding the conclusion of the withdrawal from Afghanistan yesterday, mentioned that it is estimated that 300 million USD per day was spent on the war in Afghanistan ...
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Why are the mistaken civilian deaths in the Afghanistan war by the US army considered by some to be war crimes? [closed]

Isn't a war crime deliberate with malicious intent? Shouldn't it be considered instead as blunders and bad decisions? Specifically, I watched the leaked video of the helicopter /drone gunner shooting ...
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Is there an overview of battles between the Afghan Army and Taliban forces during the Resolute Support Mission (2015-2021)?

According to the Wikipedia page on the Resolute Support Mission (RSM): Resolute Support Mission or Operation Resolute Support was a NATO-led train, advise and assist mission consisting of about 7,772 ...
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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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What have the US and NATO done in Afghanistan for 20+ years?

I must admit I haven't followed the war in Afghanistan for many years. I know US went in there to find Osama, and they did so in 2010 or something (he was in Pakistan). Then they spent another 10 ...
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In the wake of the 2014 Iraqi army disintegration in front of ISIS, did the US make changes to how it trained such forces, esp. in Afghanistan?

Although some are shocked by the disintegration of Afghan army in front of the Taliban, I for one wasn't too surprised given the 2014 precedent provided by the US-trained Iraqi army, which ...
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Is there a follow-up on US President's declaration that there will be U.S. military mission in Afghanistan after the end of August?

According to this declaration the US President suggests that there will be some US military mission in Afghanistan after the end of August: I want to be clear: The U.S. military mission in ...
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Why didn't US let the Taliban take over earlier in order to re-invade Afghanistan after that? [closed]

The US took down the Taliban regime in a matter of a few months. It then spent decades fighting them, because it essentially became a guerilla war against an invisible enemy, a war costly in money and ...
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What would be the political consequences of Kabul falling before 31th august? [closed]

According to President J. Biden: U.S.-supported Afghan security forces are 300,000 people strong and are as well-equipped as any army in the world. And with an air force against something like 75,000 ...
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How many afghans, who've worked with the US are still in country?

According to current Taliban's speed, it's a question of time, how long would Ghani's government would stand. For the last week they've captured about 10 provinces: I've read about US evacuating ...
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Are there any opinion polls in the US on [not] "letting" the Taliban win in Afghanistan (and the price Americans are willing to pay for that)?

Apparently withdrawing all US forces from Afghanistan has basically been the bipartisan vision at POTUS level since 2016 or so, albeit we only see the conclusion now (with the Taliban seemingly ...
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What are downsides of Israel's starting war on Iran? [closed]

Influenced by this question, now been deleted. In that question its author in rude and abusive form asked about why Israel still not bombing Iran. I wonder what downsides (other than massacring ...
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How would we know if the U.S. President had launched B-52 airstrikes against Taliban fighters today? [closed]

CLARIFICATION: I think the press reports regarding B-52 strikes this year are misinformation, even propaganda, originating outside the US. They have been echoed by less-reputable US media who ...
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What are some examples of amicable inter-state border dispute resolution?

What are some examples of amicable inter-state border dispute resolution? By state, I mean a state as in US states like Texas, California, etc. Or, Assam, Mizoram in India. What comes in my mind are ...
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Can the Senate or any government officials initiate peace talks or negotiations during a war without the President's consent?

Can the Senate or any government official initiate peace talks or negotiations during a war without the President's consent? Or does this amount to treason? I read that there's this discussion among ...
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Is there any info about further destination of troops exiting Afganistan? [closed]

As US troops leaving Afganistan, it seems interesting to know where would they go. Returning home huge amount of veterans (returning from a lost conflict) can influence inner politics drastically - ...
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Why has 20 years of US occupation not removed the Taliban in Afghanistan?

With the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, a question one might ask is how is Taliban still in power, in fact gaining more control? It is known that the majority of the Taliban's income comes ...
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How can Congress end a war over the objections of the President

The Constitution seems to indicate that Congress should control war making, since it has the sole power to declare war. However, as the Commander in Chief, the President is given very broad powers ...
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What made Azerbaijan confident it could freely initiate the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without the intervention of Russia?

On 27 September 2020, conflict reignited over the semi-autonomous region of Nagorno-Karabakh. It is stated that this most recent fighting was instigated by Azerbaijan (Source). Furthermore, Armenia is ...
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Why didn't the USA invade Iran before they could build up their missile arsenal?

Iran's Ballistic Missile Program According to the above article, even though Iran started its domestic missile program during the 80s, it achieved its long-range missiles around the 2000s. As of 2021,...
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Why does Hamas choose violence over peaceful means?

What does Hamas realistically think it can achieve by continuing to use violence against Israel? It seems to me that if the Palestinians engaged in peaceful deliberations they would have achieved ...
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Is petroleum a valid explanation of why the U.S. military fought the first Iraq war?

Why couldn’t the U.S. have bought petroleum from Iraq after they took control over Kuwait’s oil supply?
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What countries are calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas?

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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Why has the Israel-Palestine conflict reignited in May 2021?

I have been hearing on the news that Gaza is under attack. I understand that this is a hot topic. I want to know why Gaza is being attacked now (May 2021), who is attacking, and what they want.
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Would defense based only on nuclear weapons work? [closed]

There's an article in the Japanese constitution forbidding the country from going to war. The country nonetheless maintains a substantial self-defence force. I'm wondering if Japan can feasibly ...
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Can war crimes ever be justified as self-defense?

This question is not related to any ongoing event, but, rather, is a hypothetical scenario. Suppose country X invades country Y. While country X possess much advantage in power and dominance over ...
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What is armed struggle and why did it work in countries like Nepal but not in Phillipines and Peru? [closed]

Philippines,Peru and Nepal seem to the similar countries economically. Then why did the armed struggle work only in Nepal and not in all these places? Where did the government go right in these places ...
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What is the United States' true 'real politik' position on the recent Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict?

The re-emergence of hostilities in 2020 between Armenia and Azerbaijan reportedly resulted in thousands of casualties for both sides; while I do not want to comment on the orgins of the conflict and ...
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Doesn't NATO have something to say about conflicts with non-NATO allies?

I was just reading this article detailing how Turkey purchased tanks from Germany to fight the Kurds, who had been armed by the British and the US. So a NATO member bought weapons from another NATO ...
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Has the American left abandoned the anti-war movement?

I know this is highly subjective, but it seems to me that since roughly the 2008 presidential election, the American left has been placing less and less emphasis on issues relating to war and peace. ...
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NATO attacking EU: what happens?

What happens, from an international law point of view, if a NATO country which is not a member of EU, attacks (unprovoked) an EU country which is not a member of NATO? Specifically, are the ...
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What did Georgia do during the Azerbaijan-Armenian War?

There are three "Caucasian Nations", and two of them were fighting. But there is almost no news about the other one - Georgia. What did it do during the war? Did it support any of the two, ...
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What would a Green Party's position be when their country is under military invasion? [closed]

This question is referring to political parties that advocate green politics in general, rather than any specific party in a particular country. While I understand that pacifist and anti-war policies ...
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Why did the US invade Iraq for weapons of mass destruction but not North Korea [duplicate]

Why can the US invade Iraq for weapons of mass destruction but not North Korea who have confirmed nuclear weapons? Are they more scared of NK?
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Did Armenian forces leave Kalbajar region by 15 November, as specified in peace treaty?

According to news outlets, the peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Upper Karabakh requires Armenian forces to vacate previously occupied regions of Azerbaijan that are adjacent to ...
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What prevents an all-out war against ISIS and its allies? [closed]

Why may not nations (even if they aren't friendly with each other) declare an all-out war against ISIS and its allies?
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Why is Turkey allied with Azerbaijan instead of with Armenia?

In the current conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Turkey supports the latter. What made them choose one over the other?
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Are there any tangible proposals for a modern era war powers system in the U.S. akin to the War Powers Resolution of 1973?

The system of congressional oversight in the U.S. with regard to acts of war has been broken for a long time. The year 1942 was the last time the U.S. formally declared war. Since then there have only ...
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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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Is it true that the US has stepped into foreign conflicts mostly under Democratic presidents? [closed]

I recently read about a strange trend: Since the start of the 20th century, the United States has stepped in or started conflicts involving the direct use of military force mainly under presidents ...
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Was John Abizaid's statement about the Iraq War rationale taken out of context?

I have recently visited the wikipedia page that was titled "Rationale for the Iraq War" for the sake of interest. I then saw a section titled oil in that wikipedia page. I never believed ...
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Who has the power to surrender in a war in the US?

Congress has the power to declare war and the president signs the declaration (or vetos) as well. Who has the power to surrender in a war? Would congress have to vote to surrender?
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What does "staging rights" refer to, in the context of war?

Quotes from, The Politics of Military Coalitions By Scott Wolford, August 26, 2015. "coalition members may contribute military forces directly, as the United Kingdom did during the 1991 Gulf War,...
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Why haven't Ukraine and Russia declared war? [duplicate]

Ukraine and Russia have technically been at war since 2014 but neither has declared war publicly. What's the reason not to declare war if it even mentioned in the Wikipedia?

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