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Better known as ISIS (sometimes called ISIL), the Islamic State is jihadist group that controlled large swaths of territory Syria and Iraq starting in 2014. It is widely regarded as a terrorist organization. For political questions about the religion Islam, use the [islam] tag.

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Are there any documented instances of ISIS violence against lesbians?

If not, are there any documented cases of persecution of lesbians with a lesser degree of severity like jail, penalties, social ostracization, etc? Do note I'm only talking about lesbians, not ...
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Why are there no "calls for Putin to act with tremendous restraint" in response to a terror attack, but many for Netanyahu?

Re 2024Mar Crocus City Hall attack, Ben Shapiro told Piers Morgan: "I don't see a lot of calls for Putin to act with tremendous restraint". See starting 15:11 in Piers Morgan vs Ben Shapiro |...
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Is alternative notion of "state" emerging (or already exists) in the Middle East?

Various national liberation movements usually aim at statehood in Western terms: recognition by the major powers, UN membership, accepting the international accords (like the Geneva Conventions and ...
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Why would IS kill truffle pickers?

IS militants have repeatedly preyed on those searching for the fungus, with more than 150 people killed this year. [...] A kilogram (2.2lb) can fetch more than the country's average monthly wage. [...]...
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UN take on ISIS?

As a quick search didn't turn up a clear result on this: did the UNSC or the UNGA (in this order of authority) give any authorizations or make any recommendations on the use of force against ISIS? And ...
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Did ISIS ever attack or threaten to attack Israel? [duplicate]

Any Muslim militant group I know of are against Israel. However, I never heard of ISIS saying or doing anything against Israel or its Interest. Can you point any one incident out? If not, why is it ...
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What triggered the current wave of Palestinian terrorism in Israel?

Israel is currently experiencing a wave of Palestinian/Islamic terror which it had not seen "in many years" - with three shooting attacks and one stabbing attack in less than 2 weeks. (...
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Is Erdogan using Islam as a political tool to influence the masses or manipulate the government's foreign policy? [closed]

He right now is living like a Emperor, yes the definition here is right. Better than Putin right now. It has been said that he bought his own officials, deputies, judges, advocates etc. The country is ...
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What strategy was ISIS employing with terrorist attacks in the West?

Over the previous decade, Islamic State were involved in a lot of terrorist attacks on the West, especially Europe, e.g. just finding ways to kill large numbers of civilians. But if their goal was to ...
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What are the differences among ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban?

Seeing as how Afghanistan is being taken over by the Taliban and remembering how easy it was for ISIS to just roll over the Iraqi Army, plus the role of Al-Qaeda in starting these two wars, it got me ...
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Why don't countries revoke an IS fighter's citizenship arguing they have become citizens of IS?

Recently the UK supreme court ruled against IS bride Shamina Begum's attempt to return to the UK to fight her citizenship being revoked. As I understand it, what happened here was that the UK wanted ...
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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 don't countries experiencing population decline take ISIS refugees?

This question is inspired by articles such as this one, describing how various Western countries have citizens that fought for ISIS and now do not want to repatriate them. There are obvious reasons ...
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Why ISIL is targeting Pakistani politicians?

I am asking this question in the context of recent Mastung and Bannu bombings in Pakistan, in which around 153 people were killed and 223 were injured:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Why do more countries not use Daesh to refer to ISIS?

There are several drawbacks to the use of the word "ISIS" or "Islamic State" to refer to the terrorist organisation otherwise known as "Daesh". Firstly, "Isis" is a common name, used both for other ...
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Why is Islamic State (IS) referred to as "so-called"?

Often in news articles, I see that IS are referred to as "so-called" Islamic State. For example, in a BBC News article: On Bastille Day last year, along the coast in Nice, more than 80 people were ...
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Would killing ISIS journalists be considered a war crime? If so, could ISIS use the ICC?

If ISIS had journalists on the ground in the Battle of Mosul (2016-17) that recently concluded, and they were clearly journalists, and clearly weren't combatants; would their Iraqi enemy be allowed to ...
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What are the conditions needed to declare ISIS as defeated?

Late last month, ISIS blew the symbolic mosque where the caliphate was declared in 2014. Mosul was finally conquered. Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was allegedly killed last May. Raqqa, ISIS' "...
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How many non-combatants have been killed by the Islamic State?

Since IS was formed (including the time it was knows as ISIS), how many non-combatants were killed by IS-affiliated forces or individuals? I'm interested in the ballpark figure, not splitting hairs ...
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Why does ISIS continue to do things to make their "enemy" even more determined to go after them?

Why do groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda continue use terrorism attacks, which only do temporary physical damage. It seems to have the primary effect of aggravating huge military entities such as N.A.T....
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Do Islamic State have women fighters?

On a photo published by Abu Sayyaf (which have pledged allegiance to Islamic State), recently republished in this BBC News article, there is one fighter in what appears to be a niqab and a long dress-...
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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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Are there any countries which daesh does not consider a target?

Terrorism and sexual assault cast shadow over Japanese travelers by the Japan Times mentions that Japan is regarded as a target by daesh: In the same issue, Isao Itabashi, a specialist in terrorism ...
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Why hasn´t Israel been a victim of IS terror (so far)?

I can´t recall that IS has committed a terrorist attack on Israel. Why is that the case?
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What does Islamic State offer that Saudi Arabia doesn't?

As a secular agnostic, I perceive both Islamic State and Saudi Arabia as extremely theocratic Sunni Muslim governments. But to some people, Islamic State must be offering something that Saudi Arabia ...
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Why isn’t Israel fighting ISIS?

According to Jürgen Todenhöfer who spent 10 days in the “Islamic State” last year, Israel is the only country in the world that ISIS fears. Apparently, ISIS is not intimidated by the U.S. nor the U.K.,...
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Why does Daesh not attack or even threaten to attack Israel?

How come Daesh/ISIS does not attack Israel, who are supposed to be their worst enemy? Precision: I'm not asking the reason for the other way around, why isn't Israel attacking IS I'm asking why isn'...
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How come ISIS does not attack China or Japan or other Asian countries?

How come ISIS does not attack China or Japan or other Asian countries? Do they have no hatred for Asian countries? Is it solely the Western society that they are after? But that wouldn't make sense:...
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Why did the Islamic State target Brussels when Belgium isn't bombing them?

This Freakonomics podcast says the number one reason for terrorism is military occupation. Robert Pape says that the overwhelming reason for 'suicide' (homicide) bombers is occupation by a foreign ...
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How can ISIS & other groups control large populations with limited resources?

According to the Wikipedia page regarding ISIS, the group probably has fewer than 50.000 fighters (CIA estimates 19.000+-25.000, ISIS claims 100.000, which is obviously an exaggeration, so about 50....
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What are the potential benefits of a successfully implemented Islamic State? [closed]

Hypothetically, what positive aspects could come out of the next 50 years of Middle Eastern-US policy if ISIS is successfully able to create and defend territory between Iraq and Syria?
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How truthful is the Russian allegation, that Turkey is buying oil from ISIS? [duplicate]

Russia has alleged that Turkey is buying crude oil from ISIS? How does one verify that allegation? Is there any proof provided by Russia for that allegation? Are there any open source investigations(...
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What are the aims of the (proposed) UK military action in Syria?

The government of the UK proposes to bomb Islamic State in Syria, arguing that Islamic State is a threat to the UK. In the debate, there are often references to the attacks in Paris, but I don't ...
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Had any world leader accused the Turkish govt/military of supporting ISIS/jihadi terrorists, before Putin's response to a Russian jet being downed?

In response to the downing of a Russian fighter jet by the Turkish military in November 2015, Vladamir Putin made a statement implying the Turkish government/military contained "accomplices of ...
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Why does Obama say ISIL (instead of IS or ISIS or Islamic State)?

To me, it seems strange and jarring that although pretty much all Anglophone media outlets talk about IS, ISIS, or Islamic State, Obama and Cameron continue to refer to it as ISIL. Is there any reason ...
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Why is ISIS bombing Shiite mosques?

When reading about attacks by ISIS in the past year or so, I noticed that a lot of them involved attacks on Shiite mosques, in several countries. While I understand that ISIS hates Shia Islam, and ...
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Why doesn't Turkey invade Syria and destroy ISIS?

Turkey has a very large military, easily capable of destroying ISIS. Perhaps the Russian involvement in Syria makes things more complicated, but that's relatively recent. Turkey was already spending ...
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Are oil fields controlled by ISIS being targeted by US or any other forces?

I've read (on the telegraph website) that ISIS receives £1.8m per day from their oil fields. It seems by targeting the oil fields, ISIS would lose that income. Are these oil fields being targeted? If ...
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Why the West supports Al-Qaeda in Syria? [closed]

Currently the main force of the non-ISIS opposition to Syrian government is the Islamic Front group, a loose conglomerate of several groups, the strongest of which is the An-Nusra front, a Syrian ...
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What is ISIS fighting for?

I can't find anything on the subject that isn't extremely biased in either direction... Can anyone give me a down to earth answer to what ISIS's ideology is, what exactly are they fighting for? They ...
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What are the (good) arguments in favour of ISIS?

Every dispute has two sides and it has been really hard to analyze the questions involving ISIS with the information we get by the media in the west. I am quite sure there some good arguments in favor ...
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Why don't other nations take action against Islamic State?

Islamic State is clearly a threat to pretty much everyone. They use shock tactics that enrage the citizens of many nations, they've attacked Syria and Iraq, and butchered many in those countries, ...
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What do we mean when we say that Daesh controls a terroritory?

In the recent news, it was said that the terrorist organization Daesh controls now half of Syria, together with one third of Iraq. What does it mean for a terrorist organization to control such a ...
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Does ISIS really follow Islamic Politics?

Many Muslims claim to us on the surface that ISIS is not a Muslim organization and is not following the Islamic scriptures , but on the other hand we see that they quote various Quran and Islamic ...
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What is being done to stop the weapon supply to ISIS?

Most of the advanced weapons are manufactured in western countries and the basic ones too are manufactured in non ISIS controlled regions , so how do they get access to these weapons? Are the western ...
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How does jizya exactly work in the Islamic State?

I have a few doubts over how jizya works in the Islamic State. As far as I understand, christians and jews are allowed to "stay and not be killed" as long as they pay this tithe. However: are they ...
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What's causing Daesh's success in recruiting among westerners?

Based solely on news reports, there's been a rising trend of citizens of countries in Western Europe and North America joining the terrorist organization calling itself "Islamic State". This seems to ...
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Does ISIS justify its attacks based on the actions of others?

Does ISIS justify its actions based on actions of others against Sunni Muslims, just like Imperial Japan tried to justify its Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere because of European colonialism? ...
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Is Turkey covertly supporting the Islamic State?

Islamic State oil is being more or less freely smuggled into Turkey, while foreign Jihadists are moving unhindered through Turkey into Iraq and Syria to join IS. Kurds, however, are being prevented ...
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Why is ISIS taking hostages?

Why is ISIS taking hostages, beheading them, and broadcasting their deaths on the internet? I'm not asking "Why" as in "Who would be so evil to do this?", but as in what are their stated and/or ...
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