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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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Are oil fields controlled by ISIS being targeted by US or any other forces?

I've read (on the telegraph website) that ISIS receives £1.8m per day from their oil fields. It seems by targeting the oil fields, ISIS would lose that income. Are these oil fields being targeted? If ...
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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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Why the West supports Al-Qaeda in Syria? [closed]

Currently the main force of the non-ISIS opposition to Syrian government is the Islamic Front group, a loose conglomerate of several groups, the strongest of which is the An-Nusra front, a Syrian ...
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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 have there been frequent ceasefire violations on the Indo-Pakistani border?

Many BSF and Pakistani Rangers personnel have been claimed to have been killed. This has been continuing for many years. Neither government has taken the responsibility for this violation which doesn'...
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Have the terrorists ever traded hostages for land? [closed]

On June 18, 2014, the "pro"-Russian terrorists in Ukraine have captured Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian pilot, and secretly transferred her across the state border to terrorist bases in Rostov, Russia and ...
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Is there a greater number of deaths from gun violence in the United States within the last 40 years versus international terrorism?

I've been reading online and it seems like what people are saying is that gun violence is reducing but, still a greater threat than international terrorism.
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Why does the Russia oppose calls for UN tribunal to prosecute MH17 suspects?

Russia rejects calls for UN tribunal to prosecute MH17 suspects — The Guardian A senior Russian official has rejected calls for the establishment of a UN tribunal to try those responsible for the ...
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Why was the federal government so heavily involved in the Boston marathon bombing?

As far as I know, and correct me if I'm wrong, the only crime that guy committed was the terrorism. And, that terrorism didn't cross state lines. Why didn't the feds leave most of the investigating ...
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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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Is Seymour Hersh's account of the killing of Osama bin Laden credible?

In an article in the London Review of Books dated May 21, 2015, the American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh claims the official account of how Osama bin Laden (founder of al-Qaeda, which ...
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What do we mean when we say that Daesh controls a terroritory?

In the recent news, it was said that the terrorist organization Daesh controls now half of Syria, together with one third of Iraq. What does it mean for a terrorist organization to control such a ...
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Is it legal for the U.S. Government to charge U.S. citizens with a crime for “attempting” to join a terrorist group?

Today the FBI announced the bust of six men in alleged plot to join ISIL in Syria. I understand the arrest to some extent of the two men who traveled to San Diego to make there way to mexico to then ...
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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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Scheduling executions in retaliation to terrorist acts [closed]

According to news reports, Jordan is threatening to hasten the execution of terrorists in retaliation if daesh kills Jordanian hostage Moaz al-Kaseasbeh. That is, Jordan's treating its own prisoners ...
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What's causing Daesh's success in recruiting among westerners?

Based solely on news reports, there's been a rising trend of citizens of countries in Western Europe and North America joining the terrorist organization calling itself "Islamic State". This seems to ...
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With regards to the war on terror, did the Obama administration stop torturing?

With regards to the war on terror (Al Qaeda and the like), did the Obama administration stop torturing? Senate report: CIA misled public on torture says that Obama has outlawed torture / "enhanced ...
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Israel's list of designated terrorist organizations?

I have found this Excel spreadsheet written by Israel's Ministry Of Defense. Is it a list of organizations considered by the MOD as terrorist? Or does it only list organizations helping terrorist ...
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Is there a term for militant groups like the LRA and Boko Haram?

I'm no expert but from various things I've read there seems to be a subtype of militant group that seems to be becoming more widespread. Examples include the LRA and Boko Haram, and possibly also ...
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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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Why does ISIS have bombable infrastructure?

I am wondering why ISIS built and/or took control of certain highly visible infrastructure that the U.S. and allies are now bombing, e.g. "four checkpoints, two guard towers and a command post." ...
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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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Africa's role in the U.S. efforts against terrorism?

I saw today on the Fox and CNN that almost 20,000 Nigerians are fleeing to Cameroon to escape a Islamist radical group I believe called Bokp Haram. I'm also aware that the U.S. and allies have been ...
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How accountable will Russia be if it emerges they have supplied the Surface-to-Air Weaponry that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?

After today's events, there is a lot of speculation that Flight MH17 was brought down by surface to air weapons. Witnesses appear to have heard the loud explosions before the flight crashed, and ...
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Has the Jewish Defense League been designated as a terrorist group by the FBI/USA?

The French Wikipedia says: la JDL est considérée par le FBI comme un groupe terroriste JDL is considered by the FBI as a terrorist group With as a reference http://www.fbi.gov/publications/...
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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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Turkey's list of designated terrorist organizations?

According to this news article: Turkey blacklists al-Nusra Front as terror group Turkey added al-Qaeda's franchise in neighboring Syria to a list of terrorist organizations on Tuesday Where can ...
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People's Republic of China's list of designated terrorist organizations?

The book Routledge Handbook of International Criminology (edited by Cindy J. Smith, Sheldon X. Zhang, Rosemary Barberet) says about Tibetan Youth Congress: the organization is currently considered ...
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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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List of designated terrorist organizations & their tendency of faith [closed]

I read this page on wikipedia: List of designated terrorist organizations We can't say that this page is 100% trustable, however I couldn't find a better source (better definition also questionable ...
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Are belligerent armed people without insignia or declared nation by definition terrorists?

The question arises because Crimean Peninsula is currently being occupied by thousands of well-armed men in uniforms that has no insignia who threaten to storm military installations and already ...
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Was Nelson Mandela a Terrorist?

I stumbled upon this website and I thought this website was pretty interesting. I think this question is relevant to politics, since this is all we hear about on the news. On the mainstream media, he'...
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What government agencies are officially designated as terrorist by another country's government?

In 2007, according to CNN: The Iranian parliament on Saturday voted to designate the United States' Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army as terrorist organizations, IRNA, the country's ...
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Iran's list of designated terrorist organizations?

In 2007, according to CNN: The Iranian parliament on Saturday voted to designate the United States' Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army as terrorist organizations, IRNA, the country's ...
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Tunisia's list of designated terrorist organizations?

According to BBC: Tunisia has designated the hardline Salafist Ansar al-Sharia movement a "terrorist group" [...] "Anyone belonging to it must face judicial consequences," he added. Does ...
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Does Saudi Arabia really control the Chechen terrorist groups?

According to the article linked below, a Saudi prince told Vladimir Putin that he can guarantee the safety of the Winter Olympics in 2014 in Russia if some things will be done by Russia. Does Saudi ...
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Why is the Obama administration's counter-terrorism policies different to what was promised?

In the 2008 Presidential election campaign, it seemed that Obama was wanting to stop many of the Bush-era counter-terrorism policies, such as torture, Guantanamo Bay, and excessive surveillance. He ...
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Did the British government call American revolutionaries terrorists?

Did the British government officially call American revolutionaries "terrorists" or any acts of theirs "terrorism"? If they did, was it justified under modern common-denominator definition of ...
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Why are partisan groups in Afghanistan called terrorists?

In the WWII the same people who were hiding in the mountains of Yugoslavia, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine etc. were called terrorists by Nazis too. Today they are known as partisans and are respected in ...
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Is the “War on Terror” successful? How can success be determined?

The "War on Terror" was declared on 20th September 2001; officially it has not ended. According to Time Magazine the estimated cost of the "War on Terror" is 5 trillion USD (2001-2011). Which is ...
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Does any organisation refer to itself as terrorist?

Does any organisation refer to itself as terrorist ? It seems to me this word is only used by political opponents to such organisations, as the term terrorism has a quite negative connotation. But I'm ...