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Questions tagged [terrorism]

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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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Does Arab Saudis' government tolerate flying Hizb_ut-Tahrir's flag in their country? [closed]

There is a controversy in Indonesia. Basically HTI (Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia) raise their flag. An Indonesian muslim burn that flag. This becomes a conflict. Proponent of the flag says it's "tauhid"'...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 (...
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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 ...
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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. [...] “...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is there a known case of a western sports institution agreeing to hold a moment of silence for a non-western terror victims? [closed]

People die all the time all over the world due to all kinds of terror-related events. However, there seems to be this particular trend that when terror attacks occur in the western world, suddenly ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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'...
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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, ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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When did modern Middle-Eastern terrorism start?

Terrorism, specifically coming from the Middle East, has been an epidemic. It has stretched across the globe from US, France, UK, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Germany and even parts of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why are Americans more scared of terrorism than other more common death causes? [closed]

This is a link to a study which suggests that Americans are very scared of terrorist attacks (second place, after corrupt politicians). However, only a few hundred people have died due to terrorism ...
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What do terrorists hope to accomplish by killing muslims?

Most victims of terrorism are Muslim. I can understand why they kill non-Muslims, there seems to be many reasons from their twisted perspective, but most often, they are killing Muslims. What is the ...
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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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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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Why do various officials insist on the fact that people should expect more terrorist attacks?

During the last years I have seen news covering in great details all the terrorist attacks, mostly those that happened in West Europe and US. It is highly plausible that most people that have access ...
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Does Iran sponsor terrorists?

After yesterday's ISIS attacks in Tehran, U.S. president Trump said in reference to Iran, "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote." Prima facie, the claim that ...
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Is Saudi Arabia (and co) justified in sanctioning Qatar on the pretext of terrorism support? [closed]

As in the title, have they have made legitimate justifications based on tangible evidence or its mainly another excuse for something that they've done in the past as well? To my understanding Saudi ...
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Would ECHR affect Theresa May's announcement to combat extremism?

Theresa may has announced on twitter that she is willing to change human rights laws to help fight extremism. I'm clear: if human rights laws get in the way of tackling extremism and terrorism, ...
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How would even more internet regulation hinder terrorism?

In light of the London Attacks, Theresa May blames the internet: “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed – yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies ...
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Would it save lives in London to arm every individual police officer?

Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, said on the radio this morning that she continued to be opposed to ordinary police officers in London being routinely armed. Britain ...
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Has an election ever been called off due to a terror attack?

This morning, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the general election on June the 8th will go ahead despite the London Bridge Terror Attack. Is there a precedent of an election being called ...
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Why is the government of India probing Dr Zakir Naik for connection with terrorism after 26 years?

According to Dr Zakir Naik's biography, he started his preaching and founded IRF in 1991. Even though numerous terrorist incidents took place in India and Bangladesh during the last 26 years, nothing ...
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How is the policy of Theresa May different to that of Jeremy Corbyn in relation to security and terrorism?

How is the policy of Theresa May different to that of Jeremy Corbyn in relation to security and terrorism? Good answers should refer to both manifestos, be specific to the general election of 2017 ...
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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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Has the Dalai Lama ever promoted violence against the Chinese?

I go to school with Chinese exchange students that became very defensive when the history teacher described the Dalai Lama as "peaceful". They said he is a separatist that promotes violence against ...
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Is there a correlation between terrorism and invasion of the Middle East?

We have witnessed many terrorist organization. From Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Al-Shabaab and now Islamic State of Iraq and Syria which spawned from the war in Syria. They recently claimed for the recent ...
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The disproportionate impact of terrorism upon policy and public opinion

Taking the recent London incident as an example, most of the UK's media is still dominated by its coverage. The media's obsession with it, is a result of the public's demand for the coverage. Why do ...