Questions tagged [assassinations]

Refers to either the murder of a head of state, or a state sanctioned murder of a political dissident. Use in either context with the appropriate country tags.

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Why is Iraq's decision to expel US troops non-binding?

In response to the United States' killing of an important Iranian military commander on Iraqi soil on 3 January 2020, the Iraqi parliament voted to expel US troops from the country. According to ...
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Why does US confirm conducting strikes such as the one that targeted Qassem Soleimani?

After the recent strike targeting Qassem Soleimani I am wondering why does US performs these attacks so bluntly while nowadays it is quite fashionable to deny involvement. I assume that in order to ...
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Why was Qasem Soleimani in Iraq?

Earlier this week, Qasem Soleimani was killed by the US. The news media is brimming to capacity with news stories about this. However, not one - that I've seen at least - mentions why Qasem Soleimani ...
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Who was General Qasem Soleimani, and why was he targeted by the US?

Early on Friday morning, the US carried out an air strike on Baghdad airport which killed General Soleimani, along with members of local militia. Who was General Soleimani, why is he so important, ...
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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?

According to an article I read recently (I could not find it though), the easiest way to take down a big authority is by cutting the head - meaning the uppermost level of control of that authority - ...
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How does the Turkish government have an audio recording of Jamal Khashoggi's killing? [closed]

The Turkish government has an audio recording of Jamal Khashoggi's killing in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. How did the Turkish government obtain this recording? Do they have the consulate bugged? ...
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What options does the US have in response to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

The explanation by the Saudi's have been ever changing. First it was a flat denial of his death, now they've acknowledged it once video evidence was presented the the Turkish media. Saudi Arabia ...
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Why raise so much fuss about the Skripal poisoning?

On the surface, the Skripal poisoning seems like a minor issue on the scale of international politics: a couple of Russian secret service agents poison a couple of Russian citizens in their UK home. ...
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Why has Israel not expelled Russian diplomats in response to the Skripal poisoning?

The US and more than 20 other countries have expelled Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. As of this writing, Israel has not expelled any Russian ...
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What could the UK stand to gain from the attempted assassination of ex-spy Skripal? [closed]

Russia has been accused by the UK to be responsible for the alleged chemical attack on Sergey Skripal, but has officially and vehemently denied any involvement. Moreover, Russian government officials ...
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Skripal vs. Castro poisonings, international law

Theresa May says the March 4 attack on Sergei Skripal is a "flagrant breach of international law and the chemical weapons convention." Would the (alleged) (attempted) Castro poisoning breach the ...
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What would the Kremlin stand to gain from killing the ex-spy Sergey Skripal?

What would the Kremlin stand to gain from assassinating the ex-spy Sergey Skripal, now critically ill after being poisoned on March 4th 2018 with a nerve agent?
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Why are states purportedly performing assassinations with chemical and radioactive weapons?

Purportedly the Russian state assassinated Alexander Litvinenko by poisoning with him with: radioactive polonium-210, believed to have been administered in a cup of tea Alexander Litvinenko: ...
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Do political assassinations and attempts correlate with portions of the political spectrum?

Do political assassins and would be assassins tend to cluster on portions of the political spectrum? Those from the USA in particular, but assuming there isn't enough data, a worldwide answer may be ...
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Is Seymour Hersh's account of the killing of Osama bin Laden credible?

In an article in the London Review of Books dated May 21, 2015, the American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh claims the official account of how Osama bin Laden (founder of al-Qaeda, which ...