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What's does the US hope to gain in Syria..? [duplicate]

I know why Russia is there; to support Assad (alley of Russia) but what can the US gain from this? They are arming rebels (as if that ever worked) most likely ISIS in Syria to fight Assad and are also ...
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What influence has the Chilcot report had in the United States?

Since many of the findings of Sir John Chilcot, must apply equally as much to the United States decision to go to war with Iraq as they do to Britain, has the report had much public discussion in ...
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Chilcot Report did not express a view on whether the invasion was legal. Which forum is responsible for it?

The Iraq inquiry finally gave it's report; Chilcot Report. While the legal basis for the war was "far from satisfactory," the inquiry did not express a view on whether the invasion was legal, Chilcot ...
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Can Chilcot Report be used to prosecute Tony Blair?

Yesterday, The Iraq inquiry finally gave its report which is widely known as Chilcot Report. In this Report, the inquiry concluded: Saddam Regime did not pose a threat to British interests The ...
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Are there new doctrines to insure peace beyond balance of terror?

The balance of terror is the idea born with the nuclear bomb that, if two superpowers have nuclear power, they will refrain from going to war against each other (or the other's allies) in fear that ...
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Is a war likely between the U.S. and China? [closed]

China's economy has grown significantly over the past 20 years. Most forecasters see a time in the near future where China is the world's largest economy and according to some measures China has a ...
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Does year of birth, or age, influence opinions on the atomic bombing of Japan?

Older Americans are more likely to support the atomic bombing of Japan than younger Americans, according to a poll by Pew Research: 70 years after Hiroshima, opinions have shifted on use of atomic ...
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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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Is the US still at war with North Korea although it donates aid?

I heard the US donates aid to North Korea. It is also my understanding that the US is still technically at war with North Korea but the situation is a stalemate and no side is actively attacking. ...
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Consequences of a US attack on North Korea? [closed]

This week, the US is carrying out joint military exercises with South Korea in which they practice the steps they would go through in order to carry out 'rehearsals of surgical strikes on North Korea’...
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What's the difference between a peace treaty and a non-aggression pact?

The questions says it all. What's the difference between a peace treaty and a non-aggression pact?
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Why are war atrocities in Yemen reported less often than war atrocities in other conflicts? [closed]

UPDATE: Wikileaks just released the Yemen files. Who would have guessed that, the US funded yemeni forces to force the war (once again). There are many terrible things happening in Yemen, they are ...
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Nuremberg defense for common soldiers and war of aggression

Under international law, for example the Hague, Geneva conventions and case law estabilished by various international bodies such as ICC, UNSC, UNGA, International Military Tributal (IMT)... Are ...
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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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Why there's no reaction about Saudi Arabia criminal actions? [closed]

We see that Saudi regime is spreading criminal actions among Muslims. Founding bastards of ISIS terrorist group, Founding Al-Shabab terroris group, Massacre in Bahrain, War in Yemen, and recently ...
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What policies does the U.S have for Yemen crisis?

At least for the last 6 months the war between Saudis and Yemen has been intensified and thousands of Yemenis were killed during this period. According to news like this, recent bombings caused ...
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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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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 huge difference between the Pershmerga and the PKK?

Germany has send to the Kurds in Irak weapons. Germany will send enough weapons to arm 4,000 Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq battling against Islamic State (IS) insurgents, whose advances ...
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Why do some claim that the Oslo agreements between Israel and the Palestinians have failed?

In the Israeli public, many claim that the Oslo agreements, which are probably the most advanced diplomatic action between the sides throughout history, have failed. This argument is used often to ...
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How does the US justify its drone attacks? [closed]

How does the US justify ethically and legally its drone attacks in the Greater Middle East ( especially in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan)? For instance killing their own citizens in some of ...
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International law: Are ships in international waters considered the flag states territory?

Are ships flagged under state (A) considered the territory or under the sovereignty of (A)? Is boarding such a ship by a state (B) which is not the same as (A) when (B) has an illegal blockade in ...
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Is an act of piracy by a navy an act of war/aggression?

Under international law - is the ship flagged under one state, say Sweden, the territory or under the sovereignty of that state (A)? And thus: does an act of piracy, specifically by the armed forces/...
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Could a politician be conscripted during the Vietnam war (Australia)?

During the Vietnam War in Australia, there was conscription. I'm just wondering whether under that system of conscription whether a politician, assuming they were otherwise eligible, could be ...
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Have Japan and Russia technically been at war since World War II?

I just learned that Japan and Russia never formally signed a peace treaty after WWII, and according to Wiki As of 2015 matters remain unresolved Does that mean that Japan and Russia are still ...
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Can a country take over another?

Could a country legally take control over another country? If one country is falling economically and politically, what will happen if one nation takes control and merges the two nations together? Are ...
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Why isn't there a worldwide military dictatorship? [duplicate]

I imagine militaries would have a fairly easy time seizing power in nations with few firearms, due to few civilian in most nations having suitable weapons to resist, and seizing power could help the ...
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Separatists against National Army -> Civil War?

As an European citizen, the Ukrain war happening now is worrying me. On side, the official Armed Forces of Ukraine and the separatists on the other side. Is this a civil war? This is a little ...
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Why there is so little western coverage of Japan Emperor's conciliatory tone in his 2015 New Year speech? [closed]

According to Japan Times, Emperor Akihito issued a call to learn from history: “I think it is most important for us to take this opportunity to study and learn from the history of this war, ...
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Was there any war Russia has ignited that was NOT explained by its “support” of a newly-created “People's Republic”?

This excerpt of a Russian newspaper says: On December 4 {1939}, comrade Molotov has telegraphed to Avenol. In his answer, he stated that there are no reasons for raising "Finnish question", since ...
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Does any US defense whitepaper or public policy document espouse boosting the UK's force projection or military power?

Having a regional ally with a powerful and active military may ease pressure on the US military and foreign policy objects. Does any US defense whitepaper, public policy document or party platform ...
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Why require a stable home country for release from Guantanamo Bay?

Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are no longer deemed a direct threat are "cleared for transfer", but if their home country is not considered stable enough, they continue to be held, at great cost to U.S. ...
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How was Japan's involvement in the Korean war reconciled with Article 9 of the constitution?

The Historical Basis section of Wikipedia's article on the anime "From Up on Poppy Hill" indicates that the Japanese merchant marine and their crews carried forces and supplies to Korea during the ...
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Why has Japan been largely pacifist since WWII?

Japan has been largely pacifist since WWII. Although it does have armed forces, I've heard that the country hasn't killed anyone in combat since WWII. While I assume that WWII, the deadliest war in ...
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Anti-Aircraft capabilities of Islamic State [closed]

Throughout the rapid spread of Islamic State (IS) they have captured much American equipment and also Syrian equipment. I understand some of that equipment has been too advanced for IS to operate such ...
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What enables ~30k ISIS fighters to compete with ~190k peshmerga, & others?

I was reading this article which includes the following estimates for the numbers of fighters involved in ISIS-related regions: Between 7,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters. Mixed levels of training and ...
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Why is Theodore Roosevelt's time with the Rough Riders seen so positively?

As most historians have noted, Theodore Roosevelt lead his soldiers into a trap and suffered the most causalities during the Battle of Las Guasimas and San Juan Hill. It has been noted that he acted ...
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Overall, what is the reaction of nearby countries to the Syria civil conflict?

What has been the general reaction of countries close to the Syria/Iraq civil conflict? Have they been trying to prevent the conflict from continuing? Are they merely supporting combatants with a ...
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Why are some groups saying that the US supports the Syrian Rebels?

As far as I know, the only support the US has sent to rebel groups is only non-military aid in the form of foodstuffs, GPS equipment, radios, etc. and training for personel of some rebel groups. But ...
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Was it technically possible for BUK system to crash an airplane in Ukraine? [closed]

I have read in another forum, that it's impossible that BUK system destroyed that airplane in Ukraine. The reason he says is - the airplane looks like shot by 30×165mm bullets - its not like blown by ...
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What threat does the establishment of an Islamic State by ISIS pose in the region and the world?

What threat does the establishment of an Islamic State by ISIS pose in the region and the world? As far as i know they took control of a large portion of land in Iraq and Syria, however, they are ...
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Could the President of the United States refuse to wage a war Congress declared?

In the United States, the separation of powers is such that although the President is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Congress is the branch that issues declarations of war. Typically, ...
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What direct actions could Hamas take to effectively show a leadership role in protecting Palestinian Civilians?

In a comment to my previous question: Why is there no call for Hamas to protect and reduce civilian casualties? a comment was posted: how can Hamas protect the civilians considering the prolonged ...
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Why is there no call for Hamas to protect and reduce civilian casualties?

In a recent report in the Washington Post, the article indicates that the UN is placing the entire onus of reducing civilian casualties in its war with Hamas on Israel. In Washington, the Pentagon ...
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What characterizes an act of war as “war crime?”

With the Israel-Gaza tension going on, I hear a lot of talk about "war crimes" by the UN. However, to me the war going on doesn't seem different at all from any other war, and leaves me to wonder how ...
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What is the purpose of establishment of United Nations?

We know that United Nations was established in order to maintain peace worldwide? But there have been many wars between countries in history even after its establishment... So what exactly was UN ...
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What can the rest of the World do to stop Israel-Palestine war? [closed]

Not talking about the past but the present. Right now, the situation in Palestine has gone really really bad. I don't know what can be done on our part but there has to be something that we can do. ...
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Does international regulation forbid a country to kill children in a conflict if the other part uses them as human shields?

The question is motivated by the Israel-Palestine conflict, but it may be asked/answered in general. I am wondering if Geneva conventions or any other international regulation forbid a country (Israel ...
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How responsible is Ukraine for allowing civil planes to fly over a war zone?

Regardless of who shot down the plane and taking into account that (non-civil) planes had been shot down before, is Ukraine in part responsible for allowing civil planes to fly over a war zone? It ...
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How could the Ukrainian rebels get SAMs?

I know this counts as geopolitics(or maybe skeptics), but The US and Svobda have claimed that Malaysia flight MH17 was shot down by rebels. After reading This question in Travel Stack Exchange, I now ...