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Who supplies Saudi Arabia with weapons?

More than 140 people were killed and over 525 wounded on Saturday, by a Saudi Arabian airstrike on a funeral. (See nytimes, rt, theguardian, and foxnews.) The questions are: Who supplies Saudi ...
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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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Why are partisan groups in Afghanistan called terrorists?

In WWII, the same people who were hiding in the mountains of Yugoslavia, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, etc were called terrorists by the Nazis. Today, they are known as partisans and are respected in ...
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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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Is President Erdogan of Turkey staging a coup attempt?

With the currently unfolding events in Turkey (attempted coup by the military) one of my first harsher reactions is this: Is President Erdogan trying to have a quasi coup (or quasi terrorist plot) ...
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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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What does "far-right extremist" mean?

I often hear the expression "far-right extremist" to identify a person who goes on a killing spree based on his/her political beliefs. Examples would be Breivik and the perpetrator of the Trollhättan (...
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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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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 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 ...
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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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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 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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"Terrorism has no religion." Why don't Moderate Muslims restrain their Radical counterparts?

There is a perspective, pretty popular in both mid-East and Western worlds, which says that the majority of Muslims do not share the radical views Provided this is true, why don't we see calls for ...
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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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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 US has a biased approach towards Shia Militants

I have been observing Middle-east for past 5/6 years and have observed a clear biased approach by US towards Sunni and Shia militants US Behaviour towards Sunni Militants Countless Drones in North-...
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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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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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Have cross-border terrorist attacks in Pakistan declined or stayed the same after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan?

According to the Pakistani security agencies and the government, various terror outfits were hiding in Afghanistan and they perpetrated terror attacks across the border inside Pakistan on a routine ...
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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 that ...
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Can I sue the government for not enforcing criminal laws?

A year after the 2014 Bundy standoff, the U.S. government has failed to arrest the members of a group that threatened law enforcement officers with deadly force. Can an individual or legal (a ...
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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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Why won't NATO leave Syria?

After Russia has joined the fight it's sure that Isis won't be able to take Syria like in Iraq as both Assad and Putin are against Isis. What is the remaining American interest in elongating the war ...
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Is Taliban a terrorist organization in China's and the US's eyes?

By some (unofficial) reports, President Biden decided to launch airstrikes against Taliban fighters. It shows that the US is not friendly to the Taliban. But Chinese leaders had met with a leader of ...
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What are the benefits of mass surveillance on U.S. citizens?

In 2013, Reuters reported that the Snowden leaks reveal how the NSA has been giving information to a division of the DEA called the Special Operations Division. Apparently they've been using this ...
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Why didn't the European countries simulate terrorist activity, to gain casus belli against refugees?

My assumptions: the recent bombing in Paris was known to happen, there can't be such huge influx of refugees without some terrorist sleeper agents being injected European countries were morally ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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From where does the ISIS procure weapons?

Were those weapons (guns specifically) used by ISIS made by USA or Russia or some other known entity?
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Designate a country as "State Sponsor of Terrorism"

Now, when petition to "Designate Russia as State Sponsor of Terrorism" has reached the required number of 100,000 signatures, I am trying to figure out for myself, what exactly does this term mean, ...
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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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Why has Mongolia not had any problems with political violence by Muslims?

The USA, Canada, Britain, France, Australia, Russia have all had Islamist terrorist attacks on their own soil. Many of these countries have also had people joining Islamist groups overseas such as the ...
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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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How exactly Russia benefits from recent terrorist strikes in Brussels?

After the terrorist attacks in Brussels in March, 2016, a Russian top official Zhirinovsky, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Russia, the leader of the second biggest party on Russia and a five ...
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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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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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