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Hamas' military spending

How much does Hamas spend (or used to spend) on its military activities: rockets, arms, tunnels, bunkers, fighters training, etc.? It is reported that Hamas annual budget is about $2 billion, and that ...
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When it comes to procuring weapons, does NATO have specific guidelines and regulations that member countries must adhere to?

NATO members in Europe have signed a contract for up to 1,000 Patriot missiles to bolster air defenses in the face of the threat from Russia, the alliance said Wednesday. The announcement of the ...
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What is exactly the issue with Russia using North Korean missiles?

Reading Ukraine is 'test site' for N. Korean missiles -S. Korea The United States and its allies on Wednesday condemned what they described as Russia's firing of North Korean missiles at Ukraine, ...
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Has the White House given a reason as to why there's not the same degree of transparency around arms transfers to Israel that it has for Ukraine?

Some progressives have pressed the White House to be more forthcoming. Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo) recently told The Washington Post, "The Biden administration should provide the same transparency ...
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Are the US strikes in Syria backed by international treaties against the use of chemical weapons?

The Syrian government has various treaties against the possession and use of chemical weapons. Say (as seems likely) that recent chemical attacks in Syria were undertaken by the government. Would any ...
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What (if any) was the US position on the destination of the weapon shipment on the Klos C, seized in 2014?

Israel said the weapons on the Klos C, boarded in 2014, were headed for Gaza. Speaking to the press at Eilat port, in view of the ship's deadly cargo, Prime Minister Netanyahu noted - in both Hebrew ...
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Would the State Department be in violation of any laws if they approved this weapon order from Israel and they were subsequently used by civilians?

Reading this U.S. Officials Fear American Guns Ordered by Israel Could Fuel West Bank Violence If the State Department approved the order and it was later proven that these weapons were used by ...
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Which country made the drones Azerbaijan uses against Armenia?

In the last two days, I am seeing Azerbaijan is effectively using drones against Armenia. Which country made these drones?
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Why did Pakistan stop importing tanks from the USA after M-48 Pattons?

What made Pakistan stop importing M-48 Pattons from the USA and start importing tanks from China?
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How can one tell the missiles North Korea showed Sergei Shoigu are banned?

Source Russia’s defense minister accompanied North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to a defense exhibition that featured the North’s banned ballistic missiles as the neighbors pledged to boost ties, North ...
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Does the money earned by military hardware export enter the mainstream economy in Pakistan?

Pakistani JF-17s replace Iraq’s F-16 fleet iraq-might-buy-pakistans-jf-17-fighter-or-frances-rafale-or-both ... it’s rumored that Iraq has acquired 12 JF-17 Thunder Block III fighters, with the ...
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Why is Poland purchasing military hardware from South Korea?

In recent years Poland ordered/purchased a lot of military hardware from S. Korea. • K2 Black Panther Tanks - Poland signed a contract in 2019 to purchase 180 K2 tanks from South Korea. The K2 is an ...
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What are the legal and political consequences of exporting arms to a third-party country without the manufacturer country consent?

Poland has signalled that they may provide Ukraine with Leopard tanks even without Germany consent? What are legal and political consequences to Poland should they do it? What if some other country ...
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Why is Saudi Arabia primarily buying weapons from the United States?

Background. Saudi Arabia is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia's security forces have relied on U.S. equipment, training, and service support for decades, officially as a counterbalance ...
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UNSC resolution does not ban Su-30 fighter jet sales to Iran: Russia

Russia says UNSC resolution does not ban Su-30 fighter jet sales to Iran, But US Department of State Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Thomas Shannon, claimed that under the resolution, such ...
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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 ...
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What evidence did the Bush administration have that Iraq stored WMD in 2002?

The U.S. and its allies have justified the Iraq war, among other things, by citing the danger of weapons of mass destruction. According to wikipedia (emphasis mine) the U.S. stated that the intent ...
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Why does the UK use US-made strategic missiles?

Why does the United Kingdom use strategic missiles made in the United States, such as Trident, instead of producing their own? It is understandable that they would import tactical missiles, but why ...
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Why do countries say how much in weapons they are giving to Ukraine?

Why do countries tell the public the type of weapons and monetary amounts of weapon they are giving Ukraine. Is this not better kept as classified info? E.G. 800m USD in Javelin missiles.
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What concessions did India make to get a 9% discount on the Rafale jets deal?

The Modi government claims that the Rafale deal it brokered is cheaper than the original deal by 9%. How did it achieve this? What concessions did Modi give to Dassault in order to get the deal at a ...
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What is the argument made by Gregor Gysi against the delivery of weapons by Germany to Ukraine?

In a TV debate the prominent left wing politician Gregor Gysi made the following argument. (Translated) Interviewer: You didn't change your opinion on weapons delivery to Ukraine? You are still ...
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Do Persian Gulf countries buy weapons only to influence the seller?

Saudi Arabia was the top buyer of defense products in the world until it was replaced by India in 2017. Other gulf countries also buy a lot of defense products. To me, recent Saudi-Russia defense ...
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Why does India prefer to purchase arms from Israel?

This link says that India, Azerbaijan, and Vietnam are Israel's biggest arms importers. The following chart shows that Israel is the 3rd largest arms supplier to India - The following chart shows ...
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Why does Russia sell jet engines to China?

China manufactures a number of aircraft that use Russian-made jet engines. For instance, JF-17 uses a Russian RD-93 engine, etc. Similarly, Russian sells AL-31 jet engines for Chinese J-10C jets. ...
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Why doesn't Ukraine just buy the heavy/advanced weaponry that it needs

The Ukrainian military is basically starving for more advanced equipments. From what is public information, it is clear that the West hasn't been supplying to the levels that would satisfy the ...
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Does the shipment of large amounts of a variety of sophisticated weapons to Ukraine carry a high risk of retaliation or misuse for the senders?

Does the shipment of large amounts of a variety of sophisticated weapons to Ukraine carry a high risk for the senders? A couple of things come to mind: Similarity to Afghanistan. We send weapons to ...
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Turkey getting weapons from Russia [closed]

Why hasn't Turkey been penalized for buying missiles from Russia, despite the fact it is a member of NATO? And is Turkey planning to invade other countries with these weapons?
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What does sending weapons mean in terms of money changing hands between countries?

For months I'm hearing from multinational sources of sending weapons to Ukraine. They are all vague or deceptive on what the term "sending" means. Does it mean selling weapons for high ...
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Isn't sending weapons to Ukraine an escalation?

As the title asks, isn't sending weapons to Ukraine an escalation in the war? Perhaps, due to this not being a 'declared war' or an 'invasion' (from the Russian pov), so sending weapons to Ukraine isn'...
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Where are the weapons and ammunition used by Russia coming from?

Are the weapons and ammunition used by Russia in the Ukrainian war coming from their preexisting storage? Or, have they increased their production since the start of the war?
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Have any French weapons been spotted on the ground in Ukraine?

France has refused to publicly disclose what "defensive military equipment" it's been sending to Ukraine, in order not to "provoke" Russia. But there are plenty of country-specific ...
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Why are Stinger (surface to air missiles) and Javelin (anti-tank missiles) not considered escalatory in war theater of Ukraine? [duplicate]

This is purely about military doctrine. Much effort has been made to avoid using US-made fighter planes in the Ukrainian theater because that would be seen as "escalation" and lead Russia ...
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Why are Nuclear weapons exceptionally feared? [closed]

It has been general cultural knowledge since the US developed and dropped nuclear weapons in Japan that nuclear weapons are different to others, and a war with two similarly armed nuclear arsenals ...
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Are thermobaric weapons considered a conventional weapon under international law?

See title question. As far as I can tell from my reading, a key mechanism of thermobaric lethality seems to involve its chemical compounds. For example: If the fuel deflagrates but does not detonate, ...
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What is the reason the free world bloc doesn't supply armament to the National Unity Government of Myanmar (NUG)

When it comes to Ukraine or Afghanistan, the so-called free world countries seem to help supply armament to those two; but when it comes to Myanmar, support seems to be lacking. Is it because Myanmar ...
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Does North Korea get permission to test-fly weapons over China and Russia?

The CNN video Experts on what North Korea's series of missile tests may mean summarizes several tests of different "flying objects" including (apparently) two hypersonic missiles or at least ...
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Why does the USA confiscate money paid for a contract?

Example#1. US-Pakistan F-16 deal of the 1980s. According to Wikipedia: In the 1980s, Pakistan agreed to pay $658 million for 28 F-16 fighter jets from the United States; however, the US Congress ...
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What's the public opinion in the US and the UK on selling weapons to Saudi-Arabia?

The US and the UK are major weapon suppliers to Saudi-Arabia. We see that these weapons are used to kill innocent people in Yemen (and maybe in other countries by Al-Qaeda). But as Philipp's answer ...
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Why was Australia willing to pay $3.0 B/unit for the French diesel-electric submarines?

Note: All dollar values are USD. One of the great advantages of diesel-electric attack submarines over nuclear-powered versions is that the former typically cost far less, so countries can purchase ...
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Why are other countries reacting negatively to Australia's decision to deploy nuclear submarines?

Recently Australia decided to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, attracting several negative comments, such as: Malaysia said on Saturday that Canberra's decision to build atomic-powered submarines ...
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Why would the PLAAF buy additional Su-35 fighters from Russia?

In November 2015, China became the Su-35's first export customer when the Russian and Chinese governments signed a contract worth $2 billion to buy 24 aircraft for the People's Liberation Army Air ...
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Have arms manufacturers and dealers ever been accused of or convicted of a war crime in the U.S. or by and at an international tribunal?

Before asking this question read What characterizes an act of war as "war crime?" and Does international regulation forbid a country to kill children in a conflict if the other part uses ...
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What is the symbology of this pin?

I found this recently among old belongings and can't remember when or where I received it. Very curious about its source but more importantly its symbology. Sorry if this is the wrong place, there's ...
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Why won't China or Russia modernize North Korea's army by selling them modern military equipment?

North Korea's uses many outdated tanks, mostly T-62s, or based on T-62s, many of which would be expected to be ineffective against the more modern Abrams tank. The S-400 missile system is the best ...
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Who supplies arms to Taliban?

During the Soviet-Afghan war, the USA supplied arms to the Taliban. During the Afghan civil war, Pakistan is believed to have supplied arms to the Taliban. But, they changed the policy when Imran Khan ...
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Why is the European Peace Facility considered risky?

Recently, I've read a Guardian article, describing the risks of the European Peace Facility: Despite its name, the European peace facility, worth €5bn over the next seven years, will allow the EU to ...
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Which countries want to weaponize space?

I'd like to know which countries want to weaponize space and are against making a "peaceful space treaty". To make myself clear: I know more than 100 countries are parties to the Outer Space ...
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Do users of F-16s need the USA's permission to use them in attack roles?

Document reveals official US position on F-16s Are users of F-16 fighter planes obliged to take the USA's permission to use them in attack roles? I am especially curious about Turkey and Pakistan. P....
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What is the basic difference between Turkey using S-400 vs India purchasing S-400 or Greece using S-300? [duplicate]

See: Why is there different policies from the USA for Turkey vs Greece/ India? My above question was closed. So, I am reformulating the question and posting it again. Russian S-300s used by 3 NATO ...
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Why is India purchasing S-400 rather than the US made missiles?

Purchasing Russian missiles have risks of inviting US sanctions. Since India is officially a US ally, Why is India purchasing S-400 rather than the US-made missiles (Patriot or David's Sling or THAAD)?...