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Why are chemical weapons such a big deal?

Trump seemed to be a big supporter of the current Syrian regime up until the recent chemical weapons attack. But why are chemical weapons such a big deal? What's the difference between killing 100 ...
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What actions against pirates are legal for private ships?

I've watched the film The Trouble with Pirates [IMDb] and the one thing that is most surprising to me is that those captured ships offered no resistance and were virtually defenseless. The pirate ...
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Why hasn't Israel signed the biological weapons convention?

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_parties_to_the_Biological_Weapons_Convention Refer to the section Non-signatory states Out of the 10 states listed there, the Ratification status of ...
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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 evidence did the Bush administration have that Iraq stored WMD?

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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What is the “appropriate” civilian response to police abusing their power? [closed]

Police are tear-gassing civilians during a pandemic that exasperates respiratory conditions while there is a shortage of ventilators and hospital beds. How/why is this allowed? What is the “...
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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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Why would Russia supply a NATO country with S400 Missiles batteries?

Yesterday, Sergei Chemezov, head of Russian state conglomerate Rostec, announced that Russia will supply four S-400 missile batteries for $2.5 billion to Turkey. This seems bizarre for a number of ...
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What is the geostrategic reason for Zimbabwe to keep Cluster Munitions legal?

On 4/Nov/2015, during a recent UNGA voting on banning Cluster Munitions, the opinion was mutual amongst 130 states. Only two world's superpowers voted against: Zimbabwe and Russia. Next, action was ...
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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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Is Germany still exporting arms to countries involved in Yemen?

I have recently been in Berlin and caught a glimpse of a more unusual protest: I cannot understand German, but based on the setup (Iron throne with rifles instead of swords) it was clearly related to ...
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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 chemical attacks in Syria were undertaken by the government. ...
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How did ISIS gain control of a stockpile of weapons that did not exist?

Breitbart is reporting: ISIS took over a military base in northern Iraq last month that contains Saddam Hussein’s stockpile of chemical weapons, including hundreds of warheads containing sarin and ...
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Differences between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn's opinion on selling arms to Saudi Arabia?

UK is one of major suppliers of Saudi Arabia with weapons, that has been accused of misusing them (in Yemen or feeding terrorists). Is there differences on Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn 's opinion ...
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How much do those bombs and missiles cost which are not used up and get outdated?

Big military powers are in a constant need to improve their weapons otherwise they might lag behind. This means that there must be tons of unused bombs, missiles, etc.. which they didn't use up but ...
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What's the public opinion in the US and the UK on selling weapons to Saudi-Arabia?

US and UK are major suppliers of Saudi-Arabia with weapons. We see that these weapons used to kill innocent people in Yemen (and maybe in other countries by Al-Qaeda). But as Philipp's answer ...
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Is any country allowed to purchase conventional arms from North Korea?

North Korea Military Parade 2020 I was watching the latest North Korean video on its military parade. Looks like they have developed an impressive arsenal, and more importantly, a formidable defense ...
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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 is the world silent on the alleged use of phosphorus in Aleppo?

Ok I can understand that Russia has the Veto power but still there is not even a word of condemnation on use of White Phosphorus by Russia on the innocent civilians in Aleppo. (Worthy note that White ...
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What is the motivation behind Saudi and the UAE's spending on arms?

In terms of money spent, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the world's 2nd and 3rd top buyers of weapons, respectively. The top buyer India's spending seems justified given India's size and rivalry with ...
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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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Negative impact of the Ottawa treaty / Convention for Cluster Munitions for the modern army?

The Ottawa treaty prohibits anti-personal mines, the Convention for Cluster Munitions prohibits cluster munitions. Several nations with modern armies are signatories of the treaty. I was wondering if ...
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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)?...
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What are the reasons for buying weapon systems from other countries?

I was wondering, when reading about Turkey being about to buy a S-400 defense system from Russia, how could they even consider that being an option. I get that global alliances went a bit obscured ...
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What is the process of the UK sellings arms?

What is the process of one nation selling arms to another? I hear often of the amount of weapons sold by the US, UK, etc. to certain countries (Saudi Arabia etc) but it's not explained the process of ...
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When was the last time the United States used chemical weapons?

On 4 April 2017, the Assad regime is alleged to have used chemical weapons on civilians in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhoun, making it the most deadly such incident since the Ghouta attack in 2013. ...
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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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Does China still import defense tech and products from Israel?

As we know, China was a prominent customer of Israeli defense products during the 1990s. Does China still import defense tech or finished products from Israel? What is the latest trend?
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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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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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Why do India and Azerbaijan purchase so many weapons from Israel?

My question is: why Israel in particular? For India, the entire EU and the USA are open let alone Russia. Indian's main purchases from Israel were SAM missile and AWACS. They could have bought SAM ...
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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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Why isn't Turkey finding Western vendors to purchase SAM systems?

Recently, Turkey has agreed with Russia to buy S-400 missile system. Previously, Turkey's talk with Eurosam failed apparently because they were reluctant to enter co-production (see, p-22/32). Are ...
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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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Does the IAF have 1000 kg smart bombs? [closed]

According to NDTV... The aircraft dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on terror training camps, completely destroying them, reports said. in the recent LoC incursion. Does the IAF have 1000 kg ...
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Is the US reconsidering the Brilliant Pebbles project?

Due to the tensions between USA and Russia over Crimea, and the fact that Russia is the second biggest nuclear power, is the US considering resuming the Brilliant Pebbles project in subsequent years?
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Why did Donald Trump say that? [closed]

In an interview to CNN being held in 2007 related to the Iraq War, Trump said "Saddam Hussein has nothing to do with World Trade Centre and also there's no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq for ...