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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 ...
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Why is recent international (Europe, N-America, …) Islamist terrorism exclusively perpetrated by Sunnis?

According to the Global Terrorism Database, the number of terrorist attacks with fatalities in Western Europe has recently started to rise for the first time since the 1970s: Source: Global Terrorism ...
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Rise of Domestic Terror Groups in the US

Do the formation of domestic terror groups in the US, (Symbionese Liberation Army, Animal Liberation Front (ALF), Environmental Liberation Front (ELF), Black Panthers, the Weathermen, the KKK, other ...
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How Would Trump Go About Adding Other Nations to the Travel Restriction List?

I ask this because everyone is accusing Trump of banning 7 majority-Muslim countries which were already part of the "Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015" and "Visa Integrity and Security Act of ...
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Did President Obama put any conditions of the aid to Palestinians to prevent funding terrorists?

There has been a rapprochement of sorts between Hamas and the PLO recently. The Palestinian Authority's announcement that it will send 3,000 police officers to Gaza as part of a unity agreement ...
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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 aren't police obliged to keep the information about terrorists secret?

After the terrorist attack in Berlin, the media started to broadcast much information about the people involved. It seems to me that this just supports the terrorists' motivation of fame and allows ...
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What due process rights are granted to enemy combatants at GITMO? [closed]

Question is in three parts about enemy combatants: First an enemy combatant is Definition link: Council on Foreign Relations: An “enemy combatant” is an individual who, under the laws and customs ...
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How are potential terrorist organizations evaluated for inclusion on terrorist watch list?

How are potential terrorist organizations evaluated for inclusion on terrorist watch list? Is it a panel of independents or academics or law enforcement? Does it have political appointee input? Is ...
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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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What are the drawbacks of the US making tactical first use of nuclear weapons against terrorist sites?

The US presidential Republican nominee Donald Trump stated that he did not rule out using nuclear weapons in the fight against the terrorist organization ISIS. I would like to gain more information ...
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Percentage of European terrorists who are refugees

What percentage of terrorists in the recent attacks in Europe have ever held the refugee immigration status in any EU country? I am primarily interested in the data for the last 3 years or so. Any ...
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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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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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Are the “the 28 pages” and “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” interrelated? [closed]

We know that US news of "The 28 pages" and "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act" were spread almost at the same time period and both of them concerned Saudi Arabia interests. Now, can we say ...
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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 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 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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What has happened when terrorists attack high-profile sporting events?

The motivating question is, in case of a terrorist attack, similar to the one on the Bataclan in Paris, would the games continue or would the rest of the games be cancelled? What have been typical ...
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Why US is supportive of YPG despite their links with PKK

PKK has been engaged in many terrorist activities and has been declared as terrorist organization by US herself. Merely a month ago the US defense chief openly admitted the links between PKK and YPG ...
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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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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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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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What is the purpose of the US VWP ban related to some countries?

What's the purpose of the US visa waiver program ban related to certain countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Sudan)? Is it about preventing people who are likely to commit terrorism from entering? ...
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Stepping up military action against Syria or writing a letter to the youth? [closed]

Which approach - in the aftermath of Paris terror attacks- is more likely to successes in the fight against terror? After the terrifying terror attacks in Paris, the common reaction of western ...
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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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Has the November 2015 Paris attacks changed attitudes towards Muslims? [closed]

I've seen a couple of questions connected to whether the Paris attacks have affected attitudes towards Muslims. From Academia.SE, there's Will ISIS attacks hurt my PhD application as a Muslim and on ...
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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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Is Terrorism defined by its purpose or its effect?

Britannica said this: Terrorism, the systematic use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population And I got this from wikipedia: In its broadest sense, terrorism is any act ...
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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 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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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 ...