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What pro-French paramilitary forces exist on New Caledonia?

The news is reporting that paramilitaries are assisting police in the unrest in New Caledonia: 600 heavily armed police and paramilitaries on Sunday took part in an operation to retake the 60-...
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Understanding the exact legal procedure by which the U.S. government provides military funding to Israel?

I have done a little preliminary research which I would like fact-checked. The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 laid out the rights and limitations the government has for providing foreign aid, ...
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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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How much of the components of Ukranian aid from the US is unconditionally free, with conditions and a simple long-term loan?

Apparently, while Biden did sign a Lend-Lease act specifically for Ukraine (which is like a long-term loan that needs to be repaid), he instead mainly used other US programs to supply economic and ...
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Is there any other country than Ukraine that required women to register for military conscription after WW2?

Under the looming threat from Russia, new legislation was enacted on 21 December 2021 requiring women to register for military service, if they are deemed medically fit for military service, are ...
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How can a military exercise on the Black Sea happen with a closed Bosporus?

Romania holds a NATO naval military exercise on the Black Sea. However, exactly the same war made also Turkey to close the Bosporus before military ships. How can this exercise then happen? Afaik ...
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Does Kataib Hezbollah get any funding from the government of Iraq?

I am curious what it means exactly that PMF forces (including Kataib Hezbollah) are designated [...] as an "independent military formation" within the Iraqi armed forces. Do they actually ...
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What's the basis for Niger's military to claim that the 2012 accord with the US was 'in violation of the “constitutional and democratic rules”'?

News is that Niger's military government just denounced the 2012 accord with the US that was the basis of the latter's base and operations in Niger. “The government of Niger, taking into account the ...
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Why was Saudi Arabia not granted the status of "major non-NATO ally" of the US?

The present list of "major non-NATO ally" (MNNA) of the US: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, ...
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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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Is there any treaty that prevents the militarization of the moon?

Plans for installing a joint nuclear power plant on the moon’s surface within the next decade are being considered by Russian and Chinese officials, the head of Russia’s space agency said Tuesday, a ...
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Did the Taliban give any hint they were letting the US 'keep' the Bagram Airfield (under some conditions)?

Trump claimed in 2022 that his peace plan for Afghanistan (that Biden ruined) involved keeping the Bagram Airfield: We were gonna be out. I got it down to 2,000 [troops] we were getting ready to pull ...
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Is there any agreement that allows China to use Russian naval bases for its military cooperation?

Over the past decade, China and Russia have transformed Europe’s maritime security seascape through their military basing access and port investments across maritime Europe — from the Baltic and Black ...
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How much is Lithuania paying/cost-sharing for the US troop presence in their country?

It's been suggested in some comments (and now an answer) to a related Q that the US is expected to demand lest cost sharing from Germany than from South Korea, for US troop presence, because Germany ...
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Why is Europe (Germany in particular) apparently paying so little for US troop presence/protection, compared to South Korea?

CNBC wrote in that 2020 about the cost-sharing agreement for US troop presence in South Korea In the last one-year, cost-sharing agreement, Seoul agreed to pay roughly $900 million and in ...
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Which countries has the US publicly threatened to sanction if they expel US troops, say, in the past 25 years?

Back in 2020, When Iraq’s parliament voted to expel American troops from the country Sunday, it was an apparent bid by the government to extract the country from an escalating US-Iran proxy war. [...]...
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Has the Niger junta explained why they expelled French but not US troops?

The Niger junta that took power this summer expelled French but not US troops. From what I can tell, France had about 1,500 troops there, and the US has about 1,100 (or maybe just 600--sources differ ...
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Have any prominent politicians in the US called for US troops to leave Iraq this year?

Some US politicians, like DeSantis, have said US troops in Iraq are just "sitting ducks", at their present strength, so called for either a surge or departure. “We’ve got troops in Syria ...
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Did anybody challenge the credibility of Turner's claim over the anti-satellite nuclear weapon? [closed]

According to the news US Senator Mike Turner claimed that the Russians were developing a nuclear anti-satellite weapon to be deployed in space. The linked article cited an expert called Pavel Podvig ...
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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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Why would a state retaliate to a nuclear strike if the consequences could be human extinction?

The entire mutually-assured destruction (MAD) concept is based on game theory and mutual belief. Suppose we have two states (A and B) with massive nuclear arsenals which together suffice to plunge the ...
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When it comes to procuring weapons, does NATO have specific guidelines and regulations that member countries must adhere to?

NATO members in Europe have signed a contract for up to 1,000 Patriot missiles to bolster air defenses in the face of the threat from Russia, the alliance said Wednesday. The announcement of the ...
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How much autonomy does the Israeli Army have from the War Cabinet?

The announcement followed remarks by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, from Amman, that Israel would soon announce the beginning of the third phase. This suggests that Washington has begun to ...
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To what extent has the war on terror in the Somalia achieved its goals?

Has it been at all effective in getting rid of Al-Shabaab? How has it affected the region? Edit: I mean the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa.
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Is this Hamas military uniform?

It's been widely alleged that Hamas hide among civilians of Gaza and do not wear military uniforms. The first question to ask when evaluating the validity of such claims is whether Hamas military wing ...
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Was there any issue with the auditing system for its military in China prior before the recent change?

The Central Military Commission has taken direct control of the PLA's audit office, the Defence Ministry announced yesterday, a move experts said would strengthen President Xi Jinping's campaign to ...
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How does the instability of the budgeting process by the U.S. government makes it more difficult for the U.S. military to produce a clean audit?

“When it comes to the Pentagon audits, steady progress is the name of the game versus clean audits quickly,” said Mackenzie Eaglen, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. “Almost every ...
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Why does it matter if the IDF dropped a lot of bombs in Gaza fast, instead of drawing out the bombardment? [closed]

I've read this CNN-hosted analysis/criticism of the nature of the IDF's offensive “In two months, we’ve had about the level of strikes in this tiny little area in Gaza as what we saw in Mosul and ...
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What US law(s) require countries receiving US military assistance to abide by international law, do these laws have teeth, get enforced, & if so, how?

In Face The Nation's December 18, 2023 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a "difficult partner," Sen. Chris Coons says (cued at 05:23), Delaware Senator Chris Coons is asked ...
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Is anyone held accountable when the Pentagon fails its audit?

Bloomberg reports that: The US Defense Department failed for the sixth consecutive year to score a clean financial audit, a goal routinely achieved annually by businesses that have a fraction of its $...
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Reasons for high number of casualties in 2023 Israel-Hamas war

The ongoing Israel-Hamas war results in a much higher number of Palestinian casualties than previous conflicts: nearly 19,000 Palestinians are killed (according to the Hamas run Gaza Health Ministry), ...
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What military strategies has Israel used, and chosen not to use, in Gaza?

What military strategies has Israel used to try to eliminate terrorism originating in Gaza, and how effective were they? Or where can one learn about them? This includes its current strategy. What ...
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What is the reason for the alleged heavy casualties in the Russian Armed Forces?

Acoording to the CNN, Russia has lost 87% of troops it had prior to start of Ukraine war: Russia has lost a staggering 87 percent of the total number of active-duty ground troops it had prior to ...
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What "small military installation" did the US have in Cambodia as recently as 2019 (per Gannett graphic), and what was/is its function?

In an animated graphic embedded in CNN"s December 9, 2023 Study says US military intervention in the world is backfiring a dark gray dot indicating "small military installation" appears ...
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Does and did the US give specific reasons for its military presence in the Persian Gulf?

In the discussion about this question it was pointed out that the US navy has been maintaining a presence in the Persian Gulf since the end of WW2 and having ships there isn't an unusual thing. Some ...
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What were these two convicted Russian officers in charge of, more exactly? Any similar cases ongoing?

Kommersant reports that a couple of Russian officers (one LtC, one major) were sentence to 4 years in prison in Russia for failing to stop a Tochka-U strike on a Russian base in March or April 2022 (...
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Why was the USS Vincennes in the Persian Gulf in 1988? [closed]

At 3 July of 1988 a USS Vincennes was in the Persian gulf. Why US navy was in the Persian gulf at that time? Edit I'm seeing my question is flagged as it is trying to promote or discredit a specific ...
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Why does the US still maintain so many military facilities in Western Europe?

The US maintains a lot of military facilities in countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, etc. This doesn't make economic sense. The US military expenditure is on trajectory to reach a ...
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Does The Bahamas have any formal defense treaties?

In relation to a recent question, if somebody were to attack The Bahamas (or one of their ships etc.) can The Bahamas formally invoke any explicit defense treaty with some country with more military ...
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Do a majority of Israeli Jews still think that the IDF is holding back too much in Gaza?

Time reported on Nov 10: Poll results were also hawkish when it came to the use of force in Gaza: 57.5% of Israeli Jews said that they believed the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were using too little ...
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Approximately how many civilian deaths were caused by Bashar al-Assad's regime in the Syrian civil war?

According to Wikipedia, the war started In March 2011, violence in the war peaked during 2012–2017, and the situation still remains a crisis, with 12 million Syrians remained forcibly displaced in the ...
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What does Gaza territory "under Israeli control" or "under Palestinian control" imply in a guerilla warfare?

This is a map from Wikipedia depicting the status of Gaza during the ongoing war in the Gaza strip: I can see that there are areas claimed to be under Israeli control or Palestinian control. However, ...
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Have any countries besides Germany announced plans to increase military aid to Ukraine? (Nov 2023)

VOA, Nov 14: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's governing coalition has agreed in principle to double the country's military aid for Ukraine next year to about $8.5 billion, a political source in Berlin ...
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Is "Mutually Assured Destruction" still valid considering so many conventional missiles are currently getting shot down?

Apologies if this is posted in the wrong place, but I couldn't find "military" stack exchange so this site appears to be the closest. While following the current Russia/Ukraine war, it ...
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Did the U.S. sign any deal to put guardrails around the use and development of AI for military use according to what's available in the public domain?

When US president Joe Biden meets with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in the San Francisco Bay Area this week, the pair will have a long list of matters to discuss, including the Israel-Hamas war ...
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Are there agreements or laws that prevent U.S. allies to use Chinese drones militarily?

The U.S. and its allies cannot simply integrate Chinese drones into their forces absent serious security risks, as well as the very real possibility of Chinese supply-chain disruption if tensions ...
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Did Hamas & PIJ manage to smuggle in substantial numbers of fully assembled rockets after 2014?

In 2014, the IDF gave a breakdown of their estimates of the Hamas rocket arsenal. Interestingly, in the 45km range rockets, the whole-piece smuggled ones dominated, but in the 75km range, it was ...
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Are UN peacekeeping forces allowed to pass over their equipment to some national army?

The Mali junta has made it an issue that the UN forces didn't hand over their bases and (some) equipment to the Mali army. Instead, because the Mali junta prohibited the UN from moving out some ...
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What are the tools the U.S. president can use to circumvent the chambers in granting military aid to Ukraine?

Debate over the funding request is beginning in earnest after a weeks-long delay while House Republicans struggled to name a new speaker, and it is unclear what, if anything, can get through both ...
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How critical will be Samarium Cobalt Magnets to the US war effort in case of a war in Taiwan strait with China? [closed]

I am working on a case study as part of my MPhil research project in regards to which I want to know the importance of Samarium Cobalt (SmCo) magnets to the US military in case of a large scale war. ...
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