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Why does ISIS continue to do things to make their "enemy" even more determined to go after them?

The stated goal of ISIS is to eliminate "the grey area". Today there is a sizeable minority of Muslims living in western society. ISIS wants to show that it's not possible for Muslims to live in the ...
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"Terrorism has no religion." Why don't Moderate Muslims restrain their Radical counterparts?

You say these things don't happen when they do. Case in point, the notorious Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (9/11 mastermind and behind Daniel Pearl's execution) who WAS jailed in Egypt early in his life, had ...
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Why does ISIS continue to do things to make their "enemy" even more determined to go after them?

This question seems a little like why do terrorists commit terror? The aim of a terrorist group isn't usually to be left alone, but more to provoke conflict, or as a form of violent protest against ...
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Why is Islamic State (IS) referred to as "so-called"?

The name Islamic State is a claim to a global caliphate. This claim is rejected by everybody else, from western leaders to Muslim leaders, to other Islamic extremists. "so-called" is added to make ...
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What was the political motive behind United States Osama Bin Laden's killing? Why not capture him?

Kill versus capture If they had captured Osama bin Laden, what would they have done with him? Barack Obama opposed the Guantanamo Bay facility, so they would have had to keep him on United States ...
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Are gangsters hired to attack people at a train station classified as a terrorist attack?

There is no single definition of terrorism that everyone agrees to. However, Involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate [... the] law; Appear to be intended (i) to ...
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Would it save lives in London to arm every individual police officer?

A lot of the opposition to arming the London Police seems to be due to the Police themselves. The BBC explored this in 2012 A 2006 survey of 47,328 Police Federation members found 82% did not want ...
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What is the point of "we are not scared"-responses to terror?

My point is, it just seems ... well obvious to not be scared of terror attacks. It might seem that way to you, but it still doesn't stop politicians from demanding and making policy based on fear of ...
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Why did the Islamic State target Brussels when Belgium isn't bombing them?

Because Pape doesn't know what he's talking about. Islamic jihadist groups Boko Haram and Al Shabbab terrorize African communities in Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, Somalia, Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and ...
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Non-subjective definition of "terrorist", or widely used equivalent term?

TL;DR: Yes, there is an objective term.No, there is no way to force people to use the term objectively in political contexts and they don't tend to. The term "terrorism" isn't subjective. ...
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President Trump tweeted that the US will be designating Antifa as a terrorist organization. Does he have that power?

As mentioned elsewhere, in theory, Trump cannot do this. Among the various obstacles is the fact that antifa is a philosophy. It would be like labeling anti-Semitism or anti-racism or deontology a ...
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What are the drawbacks of the US making tactical first use of nuclear weapons against terrorist sites?

There is no particular benefit to using a nuclear weapon. We have some conventional bombs that rival a small nuke in terms of destructive power, without the lasting fallout. Using a nuke would ...
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Why does the Voice of America refer to "militants" and not "terrorists" when talking about armed Palestinian groups, apparently with no backlash?

In realpolitik, dictionary meanings are unimportant. The label "terrorist" is more often applied to a most-disliked enemy, rather than to one who use terror tactics the most. The key enemy ...
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Did the U.S. lose the war against the Taliban?

Yes. Unquestionably. They left their enemy in control. Word games about military dominance in the field are besides the point in a guerrilla war. That kind of sophistry has been tried on Vietnam ...
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What have the US and NATO done in Afghanistan for 20+ years?

TLDR: It would be grossly unfair to think that the NATO and US military did not try their very best to win this. Many soldiers paid a very high price and are now justifiably very distressed. Pretty ...
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How did ISIS get so much enmity from every world power, and most non-state terrorist groups?

What makes ISIS different from other similar groups and movements is that ISIS had the express goal of establishing an independent Islamic nation-state by conquering and annexing territory from a ...
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Why did the Islamic State target Brussels when Belgium isn't bombing them?

First of all, ISIS claims that "killing kafirs is always good". Official ISIS Announcement on Brussels Attacks First we want to make it clear to all that what makes the kafir’s blood permissiable ...
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What is the point of "we are not scared"-responses to terror?

Traffic accidents don't kill people to scare populations, terrorists do. That's literally what terrorism means : act in order to induce terror. Despite the efforts of a determined few to induce a ...
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Would it save lives in London to arm every individual police officer?

But what are the arguments for and against the arming of every constable ? Cost - it costs money to train, equip and maintain levels of competence. Overkill (no pun intended) - most crime does not ...
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What do terrorists hope to accomplish by killing muslims?

First of all, self-identifying Muslims are not the only people in the world who commit terrorist acts. Terrorist acts are committed by all kinds of people in the name of all kinds of ideologies. But ...
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Why has Germany not seen as many Islamist terror attacks as France, Italy or the UK?

I don't think this question is usefully answerable: (It's an excellent question, but there are too many variables and not enough cases to look at to really know what works and what doesn't in ...
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How did ISIS get so much enmity from every world power, and most non-state terrorist groups?

Why is ISIS so reviled? There are 3 components to it: ruthlessness and cruelty territorial ambitions lack of diplomacy Western nations The beheadings and wanton cruelty of the group speak for ...
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What are the drawbacks of the US making tactical first use of nuclear weapons against terrorist sites?

Precedent. The world has a seventy year history of shunning the use of nuclear weapons as war fighting tools. Use of nuclear weapons by the USA or any other nation would be a huge line to cross, ...
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Why is Islamic State (IS) referred to as "so-called"?

Because they (Daesh) claim that their government is "Islamic State", but they consider most of Muslims as polytheist or infidel, and on the other hand, the majority of Muslims all over the ...
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Why does ISIS continue to do things to make their "enemy" even more determined to go after them?

Many answers here are attempting to answer your question in a similar perspective, and they are all extremely interesting and most of them seem very well documented. What I'll offer you is an attempt ...
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Appeal process for being designated a "Terrorist Group" (Canada)

The appeals process is set out in part 4 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (2001), which amended the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) Act and implemented the list. In simple terms, the process is that a ...
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How is the October 7th attack classified as terrorism based on casualty statistics, and how does it compare to similar events?

Targeting civilians vs civilian casualties Putting aside numbers for a bit, the context here is clear. The 7th October massacre specifically targeted civilians for gruesome torture, murder, and ...
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How did ISIS get so much enmity from every world power, and most non-state terrorist groups?

Putting aside enmity from Western and non-Muslim nations, I think it has got to do with the fact that ISIS sometimes contest overlapping powers on existing lands and they handled terroristic diplomacy ...
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What are the differences among ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban?

TLDR: Persecute civilians locally Attack civilians in Western countries Military operations Can be engageddiplomatically Taliban ✔✔ (1994-2001)2021+: ??? allowed Al Qaeda operationsleading to 9/11 ✔✔...
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Are gangsters hired to attack people at a train station classified as a terrorist attack?

As a general rule, when I use the word terrorism, I mean it to involve a small group using terror to attack the general population. Under that kind of definition, it includes the Irish Republican ...
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