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Did Iran send 400 ballistic missiles to Russia?

Reuters still has this 'exclusive' story up from Feb 21, 2024: Iran has provided Russia with a large number of powerful surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, six sources told Reuters, deepening the ...
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Is this video a serious explanation of missile guidance algorithms?

This video, titled "The Missile Knows Where It Is", has become popular as an internet meme. It describes a technique for missile guidance, but it's so confusing that people have started ...
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Do Russian forces now have an official religious prayer to protect against "Devil's Drones"?

It's been shown in some Ukrainian videos [NSFW!] and also claimed on Twitter (quoting the latter) that: Russian forces now have an official religious prayer to Saint Barbara (who is revered in ...
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Was a Russian tank photographed during the 1956 Hungarian revolution destroyed in Ukraine in 2023?

I have found this image on a meme website (9gag). If true, the story is fascinating in multiple ways, but I have not been able to find any reliable sources. Are the two tanks in the two pictures the ...
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Have Indian forces been shooting hundreds of Kashmiris in their eyes, with pellet guns or shotguns?

According to AA Over 6,200 people were wounded by pellets – 782 with eye injuries – between July 2016 and February 2017, according to Mehbooba Mufti, former chief minister of the region. “The Indian ...
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Did 93,000 Pakistan Army soldiers surrender in 1971?

When 93,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered before Indian Army 49 Years Ago, 93,000 Pakistani Soldiers Surrendered To India; Here’s All You Need To Know Pakistani Instrument of Surrender It is ...
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Has China been funding ethnic militias in Myanmar?

According to an article in Mercator by Antonio Graceffo: In Burma’s 70-plus years of civil war, China has been funding multiple ethnic resistance armies, as well as serving as the primary benefactor ...
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Does the US operate 400-metre tall towers/antennas in Israel?

Wikipedia had this claim up for about 15 years: Dimona Radar Facility (Hebrew: מתקן המכ"ם בדימונה) is a radar facility near Dimona, Israel, owned and operated by the United States. The Dimona ...
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Does a study claim that there is a lack of organized rape by the Israeli Defence Forces for political motives?

A December 2007 article in Israel National News claims: A research paper that won a Hebrew University teachers' committee prize finds that the lack of IDF rapes of Palestinian women is designed to ...
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Did Ukraine regularly place some of their military assets in areas populated by civilians?

Amnesty International claims: Ukrainian forces have put civilians in harm’s way by establishing bases and operating weapons systems in populated residential areas, including in schools and hospitals, ...
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In 2015, did the Israeli Defence Force execute an elderly Palestinian woman, Ghalia Abu Reida, after taking a picture with her?

[Warning: The links below contain distressing images of the result of violence.] X/Twitter account @HoyPalestina posted a tweet on 15 November 2023, claiming: In 2015, Israeli army spokesman Avichai ...
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Does an Arrow 3 cost more than 10 times less than its closest US equivalent (SM-3 Block IIA)?

According to the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, an Arrow 3 costs $2,200,000, while a Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA costs $36,387,000. Both of these are 21 inch (fit in that tube diameter) ...
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Was the Israeli interception of a missile (from Yemen) recently "the first combat ever to take place in space", 62 miles high?

Claim in The Telegraph on Nov 5: Israel this week used its Arrow missile-defence system to shoot down a ballistic missile outside of Earth’s atmosphere, in what is believed to be the first combat ...
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Does Hamas have remote-controlled covers for their underground rocket firing pits?

NHK: Roskin also said Hamas is capable of storing and shooting rockets and mortars from the underground, and there are underground holes that are concealed with remote-controlled covers. I've seen ...
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Does this clip show Israeli Apache helicopters shooting their own citizens on Oct 7?

A Tweet in French with some 200K+ views (and some thousands of likes/retweets) claims Des images inédites ont fuité où ont voit des hélicoptères israéliens Apache bombarder ces propres concitoyens ...
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Did an AI-enabled drone attack the human operator in a simulation environment?

According to this news article on the Royal Aeronautical Society website: ...an AI-enabled drone tasked with a SEAD mission to identify and destroy SAM sites, with the final go/no go given by the ...
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Did Ron DeSantis torture people at Guantanamo Bay?

According to self-described "MAGA communist" Jackson Hinkle, Ron DeSantis "tortured innocent prisoners at Guantanamo Bay when he was in the military". Is this true?
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Did Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird ignore direct orders from Nixon during the EC-121 crisis, as Henry Kissinger alleged?

It's mentioned in a paper on the Vietnam war that (contemporaneously): When [... in 1969] a North Korean jet shot down a U.S. EC-121 surveillance plane, Laird again acted on his own as he ignored a ...
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Was a Russian colonel "required to volunteer for the war in Ukraine" as punishment for asking for a washing machine as a bribe?

Polish TVP reports: Mertvishchov conducted an inspection at a military police station in Moscow. The colonel admitted in a telephone conversation with the station’s management that “the matters ...
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Is the UAE sponsoring the RSF coup in Sudan?

According to a MEMO article titled "UAE behind RSF's attempted coup in Sudan, leaked recording says": In the alleged audio recording, which could not be verified, a man media outlets ...
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Does Russia recruit a "large number" of people suffering from HIV and Hepatitis C to fight their current war?

Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, 25 October, 2022: Russia’s Wagner private military company has started mass recruitment of russian prisoners who are suffering from serious infectious diseases such ...
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Did the CIA blow up the Nordstream 1 pipeline, using BALTOPS 22 as cover?

In September 2022, the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines off the coast of Denmark were sabotaged Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist, recently published a blog post, How ...
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Did an SR-71 Blackbird airbase have a plaque regarding the valley of the shadow of death?

A common meme around the internet involves a quote from a supposed plaque in front of an SR-71 Blackbird airbase. The meme seems to be extremely popular on the internet, but I can't seem to find an ...
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Is it illegal in Russia to call the war in Ukraine a "war"?

Several news outlets have reported that calling the Russo-Ukrainian War a "war" is illegal in Russia since a law was passed in March 2022. Business Insider, March 2022 Putin signed a law ...
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Did NATO bombs cause significant damage to Libya's water systems in 2011?

NATO intervened against Muammar Gaddafi in the 2011 military invention in Libya. The Great Man-Made River is a major irrigation project to supply fresh water across Libya. Human Rights Investigations ...
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Did Sergei Pashinsky say Bayraktar are not effective in combat, and get shot down almost immediately?

In this tweet with an attached video, it is claimed that the chairman of Ukraine's Committee on National Security and Defense Council, Serhiy Pashynskyi said, “Bayraktar has more PR and corruption ...
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Did two Tomahawk cruise missiles crash in Iran during the 2003 war?

According to a 2009 armscontrol article, 10 US Tomahawk missiles crash en-route during the 2003 war with Iraq, two of these in Iran. The cite a bunch of sources in their article, but none of those I ...
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Did Pakistan make a broader request than what the US has granted in the $450 million F-16 package?

Some US sources cited in Pakistani media claim Pakistan might have requested/wanted more that it got in the recent $450 million package Daniel Markey, a senior adviser on South Asia to the Washington-...
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Does the Russian 300mm "guided" rocket 9M949 use gyroscopes made in the USA?

One Ukrainian website seem to claim that: Керована 300-мм ракета 9М949 ракетного комплексу "Торнадо-С": оптоволоконний гіроскоп для інерційної навігації. Виробництво - США. in google ...
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Can Russia's Poseidon nuclear underwater drone create a 500 meter tidal wave?

According to TheTimes.co.uk, "Russian ‘nuclear tsunami’ will wipe out Britain, Kremlin-backed media threatens" In his Sunday evening primetime show, the Channel One anchor Dmitry Kiselyov ...
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Does Ukraine have more tanks now than it did at the beginning of the invasion? [closed]

During a war, one may expect tank counts for both sides to go decrease (i.e. as they engage in combat and are destroyed). MSNBC reports Forbes stating: The Ukrainian army has more tanks now than when ...
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Did the Russian 74th motorised rifle brigade surrender in February '22? [closed]

The following statements go around on the major social media networks. However, I have been unable to verify the statements are actually sourced. Ragıp Soylu (Turkey Bureau Chief for MiddleEastEye): ...
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Has there been a "buildup" of 175,000 Russian troops on the Ukraine border in January 2022?

Numerous news items have claimed or implied a buildup of 100,000 Russian troops and hundreds of tanks and armoured personnel carriers along its borders. Most are vague about the exact location. The ...
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Has LSD 'been widely used in hospitals for the treatment of mental disorders'?

Operation Moneybags is a video purporting to be a documentary covering medical experiments on British troops, The film has an opening card (27 seconds in) stating: This film was made during the ...
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Do these satellite photos show mockups of US military vessels?

Many news outlets are claiming that China has built mockups of US carriers and destroyers in the dessert of Taklamakan (example 1, example 2, example 3). I have some doubts on this, partly because the ...
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Are US Marines deliberately kept under-supplied so that they would be more combat aggressive?

I watched a TV series named Generation Kill based on the experiences of an embedded reporter during the invasion of Iraq in the 2003. The US Marines in the series often complain about lacking ...
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Is Argentina buying JF-17 Block-3 aircraft from Pakistan/China?

Is Argentina buying JF-17 aircraft? Governo argentino reserva US$ 664 milhões para compra de caças JF-17 Thunder em 2022 According to the Aviacionline website, the draft budget for the fiscal year ...
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Did China lose a submarine (possibly a Xia class SSBN) with all hands on board in 1983-1985?

It's been claimed a video by a US submariner that the Soviet submarine K-10 collided with an unknown submarine in 1983 and this likely was a Chinese one ... because two years later the Chinese press ...
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Did Syrian army Pantsir systems destroy 23 Tomahawks (using just 25 missiles) in an attack on Damascus?

It's been claimed in a Russian documentary that When NATO delivered a Tomahawk strike against Damascus, it was the Pantsir systems of the Syrian army that destroyed 23 targets, using just 25 missiles....
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Have autonomous military machines killed people without human supervision?

As the reports I have linked below refer to military machines, namely robots, drones, and the like, these are what I mean by autonomous machine. These military machines have, to my knowledge up to now,...
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Has the US Air Force studied squid to improve aircraft camouflage?

The Hawaiian bobtail squid is known to have a close relationship with a particular species of bacteria that lives within the squid. The bacteria are naturally bioluminescent, which is hypothesized to ...
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Will China soon have a bigger navy than the USA?

According to this CNN article China either already has, or is on course to have a larger number of 'battle force ships' than the USA. Is this true?
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Was the Pepsico company command the 6th biggest military in the world for a brief time? [duplicate]

SOURCE According to this video on Soviet Russia, the Russian traded submarines and warships to the Pepsico company for three million dollars worth of Pepsi, One of the claims is that the company ...
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Does "the captain's daughter" refer to a whip/cat o' nine tails?

Many versions of the popular sea shanty "Drunken Sailor" includes the following verse: What shall we do with a drunken sailor, Put him in bed with the captain's daughter. Sources including ...
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Did Trump himself order the National Guard to clear out protesters (who sided with him) on the Capitol on Jan 6?

An op-ed on Russia Today (which obviously has its biases) claims about Trump's reaction to the Jan 6 events: The supposed Nazi fascist dictator himself ordered National Guard and police to clear out ...
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Did the cat-o'-nine-tails' bag ever exist?

There are numerous instances on the Internet and in Google books, which claim the cat-o'-nine-tails, a late 17th century instrument of punishment used by the Royal Navy, was kept in a bag. It is said ...
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Are there artificially created viruses that are both deadly like Ebola and transmissible like the common cold?

A popular YouTube personality, Dr. John Campbell, a retired nurse teacher, makes a claim in a May 4th video around the 4m27s mark: Now let's be quite clear. No-one is saying [SARS-CoV-2] is a ...
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Can Russian electronic warfare systems "shoot down" or even "take over control" of (enemy) drones?

Various reports on the feats of Russian ECW systems in Syria against drones, e.g. According to a report published by Avia.Pro, an Israeli drone used in an air strike in Syria was shot down by the ...
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Did Turkey neutralize thousands of Syrian Army soldiers?

Operation Spring Shield was a Turkish military operation between from February 27 to March 3rd. A Turkish news source article, Turkey neutralizes 3,000+ regime elements in Idlib, Syria reported on ...
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Did China steal technology from the USA to make their J-20?

The Chengdu J-20 is a Chinese fighter aircraft. Wikipedia reports that The combination of an integrated targeting pod with spherically situated passive-optical tracking system is reported similar ...
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