An organized, armed, and often a prolonged conflict that is carried on between states, nations, or other parties.

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Did civilian fatalities in wartime climb from 5% in the 1900s to over 90% in the 1990s?

I saw an article by UNICEF about the context of their work with some eye-opening statistics. If they're referenced, I couldn't see the reference: Civilian fatalities in wartime climbed from 5 per ...
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Have humans been entirely at peace for 268 out of the last 3400 years?

This claim has been floating around for awhile, apparently, but a specific example is given in a 2003 NY Times article, excerpted from the book "What Every Person Should Know about War" by Chris ...
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Is the Stuxnet worm a government facade? [closed]

I just read about Stuxnet, which is allegedly a computer worm that silently infected thousands of computers and eventually sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program. I find it difficult to believe that so many ...
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Did the Russian SU-24 enter into Turkish airspace? [closed]

According to the BBC, Turkey and Russia have disputed the flight path and this map shows the disputed paths: According to the Guardian, that means the plane would have only been in Turkish ...
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Are there 'friendly' fire restrictions programmed into exported (american) weaponry? [duplicate]

There appeared a claim, probably in context of the turkish-russian incident: This seems too far off to be true, but it got me wondering whether nations implement precautions to prevent 'friendly' ...
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Did birth defects in southern Iraq rise enormously after the US war against Iraq?

Doug Westerman of the Centre for Research on Globalization writes in Depleted Uranium – Far Worse Than 9/11: Doctors in southern Iraq are making comparisons to the birth defects that followed the ...
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Were more than half of the US soldiers who served in Gulf War I on permanent medical disability by 2000?

Doug Westerman of the Centre for Research on Globalization writes in Depleted Uranium – Far Worse Than 9/11: Just 467 US personnel were wounded in the three-week Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991. Out ...
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Is an anti-Muslim backlash an explicit policy goal of ISIS? [closed]

Several commentators have claimed that ISIS (aka IS, ISIL or Daesh) has an explicit goal of triggering an anti-Muslim backlash from the West, thus encouraging moderate Muslims to become more ...
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Did Assad use chemical weapons in Syria? [duplicate]

Related to Are chemical weapons being used in the civil war in Syria?. While the consensus at the time seemed to be that the government was using chemical weapons (this in particular was the ...
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Did NATO Air Forces start shooting down Russian fighter jets?

In the beginning of October, several news appeared claiming that Russian fighter jets intruded the air space of Turkey. They have been intercepted and escorted away from Turkish air space, but no fire ...
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Have the rich Arab states accepted almost no Syrian refugees?

According to speisa.com, BBC News, and sources cited by this skeptics post, and many others, "rich Arab gulf states" accept none or almost none Syrian refugees: The six wealthy Gulf countries - ...
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Did the Greeks provide Turks with ammunition during the Greek War of Independence to save Parthenon?

The following anecdote can be found in the History Revealed magazine from January 2015. In 1822, during the Greek War of Independence, Turkish troops found themselves under siege at the Acropolis ...
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What is the origin of this photo of an unexploded bomb?

The viral image below purports to show three TV screenshots of the same photo of a bomb, with the source of the being attributed to three different sources: First image: Ukrainian Channel 5. The ...
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Is the Indonesian army torturing and murdering civilians in West Papua?

I saw this on my Facebook today. Herded up like cattle and led away onto Indonesian army trucks to be tortured and then murdered. This is the reality of life in occupied West Papua. A land ...
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Does war accelerate invention? [closed]

War is often said to be the mother of invention. However does the statement actually hold water? Is there statistical evidence suggesting that the rate of inventions increase during wartime periods? ...
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Have there been only 26 days of peace since 1945?

There are a lot of claims that there have only been 26 days of peace since 1945. For example: How many days peace has the world had since 1945? I believe none, because there has always been some ...
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Was Monsanto the primary manufacturer of Agent Orange?

Saw this on my Facebook today. Agent Orange Agent Orange wasn't invented by Monsanto... The primary manufacturer wasn't Monsanto. It was Dow Chemical. When Dow couldn't manufacture it fast ...
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Was this Indian from British India the first to strike Berlin during World War I?

This article (since deleted, backup here) came to my eye recently. The article glosses over the exploits of a citizen of British India who, purportedly, rose from utter obscurity to becoming an ace ...
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Have more British Muslims joined Islamist groups than serve in British armed forces?

From the New York Times: Her Majesty’s Jihadists Her Majesty’s Jihadists More British Muslims have joined Islamist militant groups than serve in the country’s armed forces. How to ...
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Did global warming exacerbate the Syrian conflict?

Newspapers have recently reported that research shows that Global Warming can now be assigned as a major contributor to the ongoing conflict in Syria. For example, The Independent: Climate change ...
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Has Russia invaded Ukraine? [closed]

The New York Times and many other media have reported that Russia invaded Ukraine: A senior NATO official confirmed on Wednesday what Ukrainian military officials and monitors from the ...
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Did smiling, female Israeli soldiers pose with “We kill Children” placards during Gaza War?

This image is widely shared on social media. Did they really do that? The photo seems real because there is what appears to be Hebrew letters in the background and the uniforms look right.
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Can PTSD be a factor in causing one to plagiarize?

On BreitBart.com the following claim is made: HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' ...
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Did the Free Syrian Army take a (pictured) toddler hostage?

On Al-hadath News is this picture posted: Warning: Disturbing image and claims that the Free Syrian Army posted this picture claiming it is "[their] youngest hostage." Is it true that the baby ...
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Was the video about MH17 done the day before it crashed?

Was the video implicating rebels in the shooting down of MH17 created the day before the crash? Example claim donwload SBU video of recording of rebels talking of downing #MH17 and check the ...
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Did Ukraine set up Russia on the MH17 incident? [closed]

Rebels shot several planes of Ukraine in the last days, after they got their hands on that missile system. Some say that because of this, Ukraine flight control specifically gave directions to the ...
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Did doctor/journalist Sanjay Gupta perform brain surgery on a wounded soldier in the heat of war?

According to this recap of an interview of Dr Sanjay Gupta on the Dr Oz Show, there was an incident while he was acting as a journalist in a war zone in Iraq: While in Iraq, he encountered a ...
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Did most of the American riflemen in combat during World War II avoid firing at the enemy?

cynical-c: Only 15 to 20 percent of the American riflemen in combat during World War II would fire at the enemy. Is this statistic accurate?
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Were younger people more likely to support Vietnam war than people older than 50 years old in the 60s?

Claim: “According to Gallup polls done throughout the 1960s, young and educated people (meaning college students) were far more likely to support the war than their old and educated fellow citizens. ...
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What do we know about red mercury?

My friend, known as a liar, came to me two days ago and told stories about red mercury, something I never heard about. Could do magic, the pharaohs used it. 1 kg worth 30 million dollars, used in ...
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Have more people been killed by automobiles than by all wars combined?

I read this claim somewhere recently, and a google search shows that it's occasionally made around the web, but was perhaps more common in the 1970's (many of the stories I find online are people ...
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Did war in the 20th century murder more than “all previous deaths”?

In the chapter on Statism: Our Condition of the 1983 version of the New Libertarian Manifesto by Samuel Edward Konkin III the following can be found, In the 20th Century alone, war has murdered ...
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Did the Nixon administration use anti-drug law against anti-war movement?

The History Channel stated that Nixon administration actively used anti-drug law to get rid of anti war activists. Is it true?
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Has Britain invaded most countries in the world?

The following map has been around on the internet for a while and claims that Britain has invaded almost every country in the world (source): I received it most recently in a tweet from ...
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Have 50 million Eastern Orthodox Christians been killed in the 20th century?

Eastern Orthodox Christians claim that there has been a 'Holocaust' of sorts in the latter part of the 19th century and throughout the entire 20th century (and continuing into the 21st century). But ...
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Did Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martti Ahtisaari, threaten to bomb Belgrade and kill half a million people?

In this article "Does Putin really need Nobel Peace Prize", it is claimed that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari had the following conversation with Serbian president Miloshevich during ...
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Did the Germans invent Radar first?

The popular view of the Battle of Britain is that one of the critical factors that enabled the British to win it was Watson-Watt's invention of Radar. The History Learning Site, for example, ...
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Did von Braun say “The rocket worked perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet”?

A number of sources including Wikipedia state that when the first V-2 hit London, Wernher von Braun apparently said: The rocket worked perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet. This ...
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Why can't Japan have a navy? [closed]

According to: wiki.answers.com Under the rules of occupation in 1945, Japan was ordered to comply with US/Allied restrictions: War is illegal for Japan to engage in; other than self defense. ...
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Was an argument over how many telegraph poles Germany needed to deliver cause to WW2?

I was reading a Batman comic where the Joker claimed that "You know what caused last World War? An argument over how many telegraph poles Germany owed as a war debt creditors.". This piqued my ...
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Was slavery the principal cause of the American Civil War?

In episode 3F20, "Much Apu About Nothing" of The Simpsons, a proctor is administering an American citizenship test to Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and the following exchange occurs: Proctor: All ...
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Are chemical weapons being used in the civil war in Syria?

From Erdogan: Assad using chemical weapons in Syria at The Jerusalem Post: Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that the regime of Syrian President Basher Assad has used ...
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Has North Korea threatened a preemptive strike on the USA or its allies? [closed]

According to various news articles, such as this, North Korea is threatening to mercilessly attack the USA or it's allies. This is a quote from the article: "North Korea's supreme military command ...
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Did 2.5 million Americans serve in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars from 2001 to 2013?

This article quotes a man who says that it was millions! That sounds way off. Since the U.S. went to war in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, about 2.5 million members of the Army, Navy, ...
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Did ancient Chinese frontline troops decapitate themselves to scare their foes?

From Wikipedia's page on King Goujian of Yue, a king in Ancient China (~500BCE): King Goujian's army was known for scaring its enemies before battle by forcing its front line, composed of ...
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Is the the “civilian casualty ratio” in modern day warfare about 3-4:1?

This site claims that, in modern warfare, about 3 civilians are killed for every combatant killed. This concept can be scientifically proven by understand (sic) the basic concept of “civilian ...
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Do depleted uranium shells cause birth defects?

I've seen a few articles on depleted uranium rounds possibly causing birth defects in the last few years, but most of the articles have a 'doubter'. From what I can tell, the numbers aren't ...
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Was superglue invented to seal bullet injuries in Vietnam?

I cut myself recently and used superglue to seal the wound. I thought it was normal but when I tell people that act like I'm crazy. Then I tell them this story: Superglue was invented during the ...
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Is Coltan the main cause of conflict in Congo since 1997?

This PDF (i saw a translated version) has been brought to my attention. it claims that Coltan is the main cause of a conflict which has claimed the lives of four million people since 1997 and as also ...
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Did Obama refuse to help former SEALs in Benghazi?

According to SOS and many small journals, Facebook censored a meme stating that President Obama refused to save the lives of former Navy SEALs in Benghazi. The meme simply stated, “When Obama called ...