Podcast #128: We chat with Kent C Dodds about why he loves React and discuss what life was like in the dark days before Git. Listen now.

Questions tagged [terrorism]

Questions related to that of events related to terrorism, directly or indirectly.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
0answers
512 views

How old were al-Baghdadi's children that died with him? [closed]

Trump says that: The ISIS leader "died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering, crying, and screaming all the way. The compound had been cleared by this time with people either ...
3
votes
1answer
115 views

Has the UK gone forward with its plan to designate northern Syria a “no-go” zone?

News from July was that The Home Office revealed in May that it planned to designate northern Syria a “no-go area” and that British citizens would have 28 days to leave or face a 10-year prison ...
5
votes
1answer
477 views

How does Germany justify banning the YPG flag?

According to Wikipedia: In Germany, there is a ban on PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party] symbols that, as of March 2017, is officially extended the YPG [People's Protection Units] and YPJ [Women's ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

What Kurdish Syrian parties does the CIA and/or the US consider terrorist [affiliates] and which ones it doesn't?

According to Wikipedia While the PKK has been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States, the United States' position on the YPG is that it is not a terrorist organization, ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

Did Turkey consider (the killed recently) Kurdish politician Havrin Khalaf a terrorist [supporter]?

Kurdish politician Havrin Khalaf was killed by Turkish backed-militias in their recent "Peace Spring" offensive. According to DW: Hevrin Khalaf, a prominent Syrian Kurdish female politician and ...
2
votes
2answers
234 views

Why do the Taliban commit atrocities on Afghan civilians?

I've been following the recent developments in Afghanistan and have been flummoxed on the issue of - why Taliban is continuously bombing its own people incessantly? I have read that it is because they ...
38
votes
5answers
11k views

Are gangsters hired to attack people at a train station classified as a terrorist attack?

The incidence happened in Hong Kong on 21st Jul 2019 Video footage showed dozens of men, mostly in masks, storming a mass transit station in Yuen Long late on Sunday, chasing passengers and beating ...
1
vote
2answers
122 views

Do countries use a shared intelligence database at borders?

Is there an internationally-shared police/intelligence database that countries use to permit/deny entry of foreign nationals? For example, might France, the UK or the US pool wanted lists incase ...
1
vote
2answers
244 views

Is the PKK [still] a terrorist group?

I am wondering if the designation of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as a terrorist group might be outdated. Are there any instances of the PKK targeting civilians during the insurgency of 2015-...
2
votes
1answer
86 views

Is there an estimate on the number of attacks on customs committed by the PIRA (or its predecessors)?

It struck me that while there is some dramatic visual evidence of PIRA's attacks on customs during the Troubles (e.g. Newry Customs Office in 1972), and there's even some mention in Wikipedia of such ...
0
votes
1answer
131 views

What intelligence is the narrator referring to?

I watched this political movie, Vice (2018), and the narrator said these words: Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi had taken his fame from Powell's UN speech and turned it into his own new thing. The Islamic ...
3
votes
2answers
410 views

Is it true that terrorists prefer bombs to other weapons?

A US Air Force colonel wrote in 1995 that It is true that insurgencies that resort to terrorism continue to vex security forces. But the weapon of choice for the terrorist is not the kind of ...
2
votes
3answers
485 views

What do perpetrators of one off acts of politically motivated violence hope to achieve

In the abstract I can understand the goals of political violence within the context of a campaign (for example the Northern Ireland Troubles, The Armed Struggle against Apartheid and The Palistian ...
-5
votes
4answers
312 views

What is the origin of the narrative regarding Ottomans in the non-Muslim world?

A public narrative, which was visible in the recent terror attack in Christchurch that, even though various wars/battles among various world powers ravaged Europe, and various invasions also took ...
5
votes
6answers
909 views

Terrorist vs Lone wolf

There is a recurring narrative in the Muslim majority countries which essentially says this: When some non-Muslims are actors of a terror attack, the attacker(s) is mostly not called a terrorist ...
14
votes
1answer
400 views

Has the NSA PRISM program ever actually caught a terrorist?

The stated defense for the practices of the NSA is the need to proactively seek out terrorist threats in the modern era of asymmetric warfare. Ignoring the complexities of a cost-benefit analysis of ...
2
votes
2answers
260 views

Why China is blocking ban on Notable Terrorist Masood Azhar?

As per the todays latest update, China blocks Masood Azhar's listing as global terrorist for the fourth time. This guy is accountable for number of attacks and loss of lives. Apart from that there was ...
1
vote
1answer
192 views

Why does the western world consider Jaish-e-Mohammed as a terrorist group (as opposed to insurgents)? [duplicate]

Jaish-e-Mohammed is a radical group based in Pakistan which operates mainly in Kashmir against India. Its professed goal is to reunite all of Kashmir with Pakistan. It often takes responsibility for ...
1
vote
0answers
35 views

Sanctioning an entity vs an individual via UNSC Resolution 1267

I have been reading about India's diplomatic efforts in getting Masood Azhar (incumbent leader of terrorist organization Jaish-I-Mohammed (JM)) added into UNSC Sanctions List via UNSC Resolution 1267 ...
8
votes
1answer
420 views

What happened to Islamic terrorism in 2018?

From Wikipedia, I gathered the following data (for the European Union): 2015: 17 attacks by Islamists with 150 deaths. 2016: 10 attacks by Islamists with 135 deaths. 2017: 10 attacks by Islamists ...
-5
votes
2answers
264 views

Why were emergency responses so underwhelming in the 2011 attack in Norway? [closed]

Anders Breivik's terrorist attack on children at Utøya Island on 22 July, 2011 was an avoidable tragedy. Why was there no helicopter or adequate emergency response teams? It took several hours for a ...
6
votes
2answers
328 views

If a group is labeled as a terrorist group, what rights are abridged to the group or the individuals?

In Tennessee, a bill was drafted for consideration that denounced hate and discrimination in general and "white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups" in particular. It went further to request those groups ...
7
votes
3answers
1k views

Why is Iran determined by U.S. as the biggest state sponsor of terror in the world today?

This is the official stance of the Trump administration. Was it also the position of the Obama administration and Bush administration? What is this based on? I know that America considers Hezbollah ...
3
votes
0answers
90 views

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/...
10
votes
1answer
1k views

What was the reaction of the AfD to the NSU murders?

The NSU was a Nazi terrorist organization in Germany which murdered 10 people in the early 2000s. The case was prominently discussed in Germany not only because of the murders, but also because of ...
-3
votes
5answers
758 views

Do terrorists have political agendas? [closed]

Do terrorists have political or any other type of agendas that they want to achieve, or are they only interested in killing people? For example, recently there was a suicide attack in Pakistan. ...
24
votes
5answers
5k views

Non-subjective definition of “terrorist”, or widely used equivalent term?

Philipp comments: ...We all know that one side's terrorists are another side's freedom fighters... Suppose big Country X provides arms to little Country y's native "freedom fighters", who do ...
6
votes
4answers
833 views

What was the premise behind the Bush/Obama administration's “we don't negotiate with terrorists” sentiment?

Many scholars and policymakers state that negotiating with terrorist groups legitimizes them, their goals and their methods. They assert that such negotiations incite violence, weaken democratic ...
1
vote
3answers
505 views

Why do the Europeans and US consider Hezbollah Terrorists?

Some years ago and after the start of the Syrian war, Europe considered Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, while during the Syrian war this organization defeated terrorists such as daesh and ...
4
votes
0answers
309 views

Has any Iranian leader accused the USA or Israel of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks after 2017?

In 2010 the sixth President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered 3 points explaining who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks at the United Nations. Video Here In point number 2 he suggests that ...
0
votes
0answers
98 views

How did the United States ''enhanced'' interrogations (waterboarding) not violate Geneva Convention? [duplicate]

During Iraq/Afghanistan war, the Bush administration used what they called "enhanced interrogation" or now referred to waterboarding. Under the Geneva Convention, would these acts of torture be a ...
2
votes
1answer
361 views

Have the Chinese Been Behind Any Terrorist Attack in the United States?

Chinese leaders encourage using "terrorism" against the US, as one tool of containing the US: In “Unrestricted Warfare,” Qiao and Wang promoted the use of terrorism, cyberattacks, legal warfare (...
1
vote
1answer
72 views

What support does Jaspal Atwal have?

I’ve seen some mentions about Jaspal Atwal on Twitter, and commentary on the failure to not notice he was on the guest list - a failure to oppose him. But what I don’t get is if you look at it in the ...
2
votes
1answer
236 views

What do the EU courts say about the PKK?

I was just reading this article by the Telegram which says, The Court of First Instance (CFI), the EU’s second-highest court, said the EU had not properly justified its decision at the time. [...] “...
47
votes
5answers
13k views

What was the political motive behind United States Osama Bin Laden's killing? Why not capture him?

On May 2, 2011, Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by US Special Forces during an early morning (approximately mid-afternoon on May 1 in the United States) raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The ...
8
votes
1answer
151 views

Has the UN Terrorist Financing Convention had a material impact?

The UN Terrorist Financing Convention was ratified in 1999 and has been ratified by 187 nations, yet very little information is available on the material impact it has had upon preventing terror ...
5
votes
2answers
172 views

How have expert political observers evaluated the actions taken by Pakistan against terrorism in response to the Peshawar Army School attack?

Considering that the attack which took place nearly 3 years ago was an open challenge to the Army engaged in a major anti-insurgency campaign in the 'tribal region', a very strong official retaliation ...
9
votes
1answer
350 views

Are you legally allowed to fight a war against terror?

So a different question asked if the pentagon was a legitimate military target. And an answer ended up saying, that the law of war does not apply to a terrorist organization but rather civilian law. ...
4
votes
1answer
340 views

Was the pentagon a legitimate military target? [closed]

Since the pentagon and WTC had military offices wouldn't this make it a military target according to the applicable international treaties such as the Geneva conventions?
1
vote
0answers
134 views

What's the cause of Somalia's 30+ year civil war? [duplicate]

The country has been in a state of civil war since 1991 after the removal of the Siad Barre dictatorship regime. The country has since never truly had a stable government and it's current government ...
11
votes
2answers
884 views

IRA's approach to Brexit

It is commonly known that nowadays IRA (Irish Republican Army) doesn't pose a big threat for British Government and ceased all hostilities after Good Friday Agreement. I am speaking particularly about ...
-8
votes
3answers
382 views

Are there countries which have a policy of ignoring bomb threats?

Every day there are news stories from various countries around the world about bomb threats phoned in by various perpetrators. Sometimes it's school kids who want to skip a day in class, sometimes it'...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

What is the difference between war and terrorism?

As the title states, what is the difference between war and terrorism? Terrorism, as I understand it, has one primary purpose: to destabilize the enemy. Hence, the killing of innocent civilians, ...
14
votes
2answers
5k views

When is an act considered domestic terrorism in regards to US policy?

Fifty people were killed yesterday during a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. When is a mass shooting or killings considered domestic terrorism by the U.S. federal government?
1
vote
5answers
345 views

Why are outlier events not a reason to take action?

What is meant by "politicizing" an event and how to avoid it? In an answer there, someone recommends that one should not use outlier events to recommend action on gun control policy. He ...
1
vote
5answers
699 views

What is meant by “politicizing” an event and how to avoid it?

Whenever events such as those in Las Vegas occur, people often accuse others of "politicizing" the event. What is meant by this, and how do we avoid doing it? I am looking for example of some ...
3
votes
4answers
4k views

When did modern Middle-Eastern terrorism start?

Terrorism, specifically coming from the Middle East, has been an epidemic. It has spread across the globe, to the US, France, UK, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Germany and even to parts of ...
37
votes
9answers
10k views

What is the point of “we are not scared”-responses to terror?

Every time there's a terror attack in Europe, people will come out with messages such as "we are not scared". What is the point of these messages? Each individual human is very unlikely to be a ...
0
votes
1answer
305 views

Why is North Korea threatening the South and US more in 2017 than prior?

Why North Korea is constantly threatening US (who has allied with South Korea) with latest missile drills, nuclear drills in 2017? This is quite happening after 2016 & is now revving thru any ...
5
votes
2answers
628 views

Why are most terrorists kind of … ineffective? [closed]

In Spain, a terror cell of 12 people managed to kill only 14 people. That's 1.16 victims per terrorist. This is a pattern one notices elsewhere in Europe as well, that is, terrorist attacks that ...