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A jihadist group controlling territory Syria and Iraq, having formally declared the establishment of a Caliphate in June 2014.

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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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In the eyes of IS what does a political world map look like? [closed]

What does a political map look like from the Islamic State point-of-view? I post some sub questions just to guide an answer in the right directions. No idea if I'm using the right examples below. Is ...
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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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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 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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Anti-Aircraft capabilities of Islamic State [closed]

Throughout the rapid spread of Islamic State (IS) they have captured much American equipment and also Syrian equipment. I understand some of that equipment has been too advanced for IS to operate such ...
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What enables ~30k ISIS fighters to compete with ~190k peshmerga, & others?

I was reading this article which includes the following estimates for the numbers of fighters involved in ISIS-related regions: Between 7,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters. Mixed levels of training and ...
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Why does ISIS have bombable infrastructure?

I am wondering why ISIS built and/or took control of certain highly visible infrastructure that the U.S. and allies are now bombing, e.g. "four checkpoints, two guard towers and a command post." ...
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To whom does the Islamic State sell their oil?

The Islamic State (IS) is largely funded, it is often said, by oil revenues. This New York Times claims that the value of the output of the oil fields under IS control is $1 million to $2 million ...
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What threat does the establishment of an Islamic State by ISIS pose in the region and the world?

What threat does the establishment of an Islamic State by ISIS pose in the region and the world? As far as i know they took control of a large portion of land in Iraq and Syria, however, they are ...
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Have governments ever made female genital mutilation compulsory?

ISIS has recently been accused of making female genital mutilation (FGM) compulsory for girls and women under the age of 49. They've denied the claim. My understanding was that no government has ever ...
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Why is US supporting ISIS in Syria while opposing it in Iraq?

US is supporting the rebels in Syria who are trying to bring down Assad's govt. ISIS is one of the rebels. So directly or indirectly, US is supporting ISIS in Syria. But the same US is opposing the ...