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Did Zakir Naik say “every Muslim should be a terrorist”?

The Salafi Movement Wikipedia page currently quotes Zakir Naik as saying "every Muslim should be a terrorist". They cite a TIME article: Von Drehle and Ghosh, An Enemy Within: The Making of ...
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Is Boston bombing victim Jeff Bauman double-amputee soldier Nick Vogt?

From 'Disgusting' Facebook group called 'Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent' attracts more than 11,000 fans worldwide Others believe the iconic image of Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair, bloodied with his ...
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Is the biggest terror threat in the US white men? [duplicate]

Don Lemon, a journalist and CNN host, recently stated the biggest terror threat in this country is white men. and did not retract his statement "following the backlash", but rather, re-emphasized ...
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Does America not lead the world in mass shootings?

According to an OpEd in the NY Post by John Lott and Michael Weisser that cites a report by the Crime Prevention Research Center, America doesn't lead the world in mass shootings. "Of the 86 ...
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Does the TSA have a fail rate of 95% in breach tests?

Does the TSA fail at a rate of 95% at detecting (fake, "test") terrorists in breach tests, as reported in this news story? The best information that I have about this is a news report. Is there any ...
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Is Al Qaeda more likely to attack on anniversaries?

On Sep 8 2011 on CNN television, following President Obama's speech, a breaking news item was broadcast concerning a "New Terror Threat for 9/11 Anniversary." The news item claimed that "...
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Are these pictures of the recent terrorist attack in Kenya (NSFW)?

There is a post going around facebook about the recent terrorist attack in Kenya with the following pictures (spoiler'ed for queezy stomachs): Warning, graphic images (18+): And the following ...
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Is the number of Muslims correlated with terrorist attacks?

As reported in The Guardian, the Australian TV host Sonia Kruger has recently kicked up a storm by claiming that There is a correlation between the number of people in a country who are Muslim and ...
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Did family members of Osama Bin Laden get to leave America during the no-fly restrictions after 9/11?

Is there any proof that the family members of Osama Bin Laden got to leave America immediately following the 9/11 attacks, during the time when all air travel was banned? Or is this just unverified,...
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Is this true that few terror attacks are motivated by Islam? [closed]

The article Muslims Are Not Terrorists: A Factual Look at Terrorism and Islam (Omar Alnatour, HuffPost) claims that few terror attacks are motivated by Islam: Non-Muslims make up the majority of ...
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Were terror attacks proposed to gain political support for a war against Cuba?

Recently I've been seeing this image make its way around Facebook, So government orchestrating terror is a silly conspiracy theory? Please explain Operation Northwoods. I didn't think ...
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Has any immigrant from any of the countries named in Trump's executive order been guilty of terrorism on US soil?

President Trump has recently issued an executive order titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 ...
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Do FBI crime statistics suggest no-one died in the Sandy Hook massacre?

Alex Jones claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. As evidence, Infowars.com presents the following FBI chart: The Sandy Hook school shooting occurred at this location at this time. Does ...
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Are right-wing extremists a bigger terrorist threat than islamic extremists in the USA?

The Cato Institute claims the following (my highlight): The ongoing controversy and litigation over the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban” has reignited a debate that has raged since the 9/11 ...
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Did Turkish football fans shout “Allahu akbar” during a pre-match moment of silence for the Paris attacks?

Turkish fans were said to have whistled and shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is great) during a moment of silence for the Paris attacks during a Turkey-Greece friendly football match. The Daily Mail ...
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Is this map of terrorist attacks in Europe accurate?

Recently this map of terrorist attacks in Europe went viral and was reposted many times in social media. Does it present actual data about terrorist attacks? Background: The map gained popularity ...
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Have there been more than 27,000 Islamic terrorist attacks since 9/11?

I was browsing a hashtag on twitter (#StepsToReverseClimateChange to hopefully find how I can help myself), and saw a post by someone with this image attached: The image reads: More than 27,...
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Islamic and non-islamic terrorism: casualties

I have seen many articles in favor of the idea that Islamic terrorism is not that dangerous compared to other types, like separatism. Like this. Many mention an FBI study which shows data only until ...
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Did 122 Guantanamo prisoners released by Obama return to the battlefield?

A recent tweet by Donald Trump says: 122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision! According to a ...
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Refugee Terrorism Rate Statistics

As per this Washington Times article Trump signs new extreme vetting order: Supporting claims that the U.S. is at risk because of its refugee policies, administration officials said that of the FBI’...
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Comparing deaths on American soil, from banned versus not banned countries

This image is circulating on the web. Is its figures for deaths on American soil at the hands of citizens of banned versus non-banned countries correct? Here's why Trump's Muslim ban makes ...
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Are thousands of Islamic terrorists entering the United States?

In an interview with an Ohio television station, the 2016 Republican nominee for President said: when you have radical Islamic terrorists probably all over the place, we’re allowing them to come in ...
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Was there a Bowling Green Massacre in 2011? [closed]

A number of news outlets are publishing claims by Kellyanne Conway that the Obama administration put a moratorium on refugee admissions following a "Bowling Green massacre" in 2011. However, I can'...
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Are Americans more likely to be killed by vending machines than terrorist refugees?

The Financial Times did some analysis of Donald Trump's controversial immigration restrictions (which were claimed to be about protecting Americans from terrorism). They focus on analysing risk from ...
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Do gun homicides and suicides kill more Americans than war?

In a 2015 column in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof, the following two claims are made: More Americans die in gun homicides and suicides every six months than have died in the last 25 years in ...
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Did the United States provide weapons to YPG members in 2015?

The People Protection Units or "YPG" are the main armed service of the Federation of Northern Syria – Rojava, and consist primarily of Syrian Kurds. The Turkish government consider the YPG to be part ...
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Do 42% of young muslims in France support suicide bombings?

In this youtube video, in the minute 2:20, the narrator gives some absurd-sounding statistics. After claiming that "21% of syrian migrants support ISIS", he says that "22% of young muslim migrants ...
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Does Pakistan harbor terrorists?

In wake of the recent killing of OBL, Pakistan has been accused of supporting and harboring terrorists. Neighboring old-time foe India has long accused Pakistan of using terrorism as an instrument of ...
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Are Muslims 25 times more likely to commit terrorist attacks within the United States than non-Muslims?

This article claims that Muslims are 25 times more likely to commit terrorist attacks than non-Muslims. Are the claims of the article at all accurate? In addition is the graph linked in the article ...
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Did big investors use pre-knowledge of 9/11 to short American stocks?

There are many claims that some large investors had foreknowledge of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and used that to buy "put" options - especially in the affected airlines - that allowed ...
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Does Halal certification fund terrorism?

Australia's One Nation political party claims Halal certification funds terrorism: Do you realise that you are paying a tax/surcharge that funds ISLAMIC SCHOOLS AND MOSQUES, when you do your ...
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Did Hillary Clinton refuse to designate Boko Haram a terrorist organisation when the FBI, CIA and the Justice Department asked?

Tera Dahl at Breitbart writes: As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton refused to designate Islamic State affiliate Boko Haram in Nigeria, which was named the deadliest terrorist organization in ...
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Were the majority of people at the Pulse nightclub killed by police?

At the MTV/BET town hall meeting a person mentioned that Police killed the majority of the people at pulse that night to which the moderators replied "hmmm". On the No Agenda Show, they've ...
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After 9/11 did the police find a fuel calculator with a copy of the koran belonging to one of the Hijackers?

The claim: The first breakthrough came for investigators within hours of the attack when a motorist contacted them to say he had been involved in a squabble with some Arabs in the car park of ...
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Does this map show every car bomb explosion in Baghdad since 2003?

My friend shared this with me, from The AsiaN: A map of every car bomb explosions[sic] in Baghdad since 2003 Is this for real? Is there any evidence for this? Some other references: BBC: ...
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Were Spaniards threatened with terrorist attacks by an ISIS leader if they didn't vote Unidos Podemos?

La Tribuna del Pais Vasco [Spanish text] reports that Abu Bakr Al-Magrebi threaten Spanish citizens with terrorist attacks unless they voted for Unidos Podemos, a left-wing political organisation. ...
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Has ISIS and Al Qaeda sent out a message telling their terrorists to only attack white people?

Rush Limbaugh stated on the Rush Limbaugh show that ISIS and Al Qaeda sent out a memo to their people saying to not attack minorities, only white people. Their reasoning? If they kill minorities, ...
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Has the United States had 7 mass shootings in the past week? [closed]

I keep seeing a claim on social media claiming something to the effect of: [First world country] has had [small number] mass shootings since [18whatever] The US has had 7 since Monday. I'm ...
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Did toddlers with guns claim more American lives than terrorism in 2015?

The Economist isn't a fan of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. In an analysis of his ascendence to the Republican nomination they try to discern some of the factors. As part of their list of ...
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Were the Paris attackers youths from Syria?

Recently, Bill Nye was interviewed by Huff Post Live. In one excerpt of the interview he draws a line of causation from a water shortage in Syria to the November 2015 Paris attacks. He was ...
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Did Sky TG24 broadcast video misattributed to be the 2016 Brussels attack?

According to AnaHera.news (in Italian), Sky TG24 broadcast videos purportedly of the airport and metro attacks in Brussels, but were actually footage of the 24 January 2011 attack in Moscow. The ...
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Have six of the ten 9/11 commission members said that the US government was covering up something about the 9/11 attacks?

I often see claims like this repeated, "six out of the Ten 9/11 Comission members have gone on record since to admit there was a U.S. government cover-up." Any truth to it? This last time I saw it was ...
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Do terrorist organizations have “sleeper cells”?

A threat that has been talked about a lot recently is the concept of a terrorist sleeper cell: Terrorists leading normal lives integrated into society for years, sometimes decades, until one day, they ...
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Is Turkey trading oil with Islamic State? [closed]

Russia claims Turkey is trading oil with Islamic State: Syria conflict: Russia accuses Erdogan of trading oil with IS (BBC News, 2 December 2015) Russia presents proof of Turkey’s role in ISIS oil ...
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Did this Twitter bot predict the Paris shootings 2 days before they happened?

A (now suspended) Twitter bot under the handle PZFeed Ebooks (@PZbooks) posted this tweet on November 11th, at 11:44 AM. Note the date carefully, that's November 11th, 2015. It reads: BREAKING: ...
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Does this video show an ISIS car bomb sent flying by an explosion?

The Daily Mail and Independent have reported on this video, which claims to show an ISIS car bomb being sent flying by an explosion. The original YouTube video can be found here: A screencapture of ...
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Did Senator McCain ever meet ISIS leader al-Baghdadi?

Since last year I often see an image in both Twitter and Facebook claiming that Senator McCain once meet ISIS leader al-Baghdadi. The image is used as propaganda regarding the belief of some people ...
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Did Putin say: to forgive the terrorists is up to God

Refer to the Fox news item here, Putin said that: To Forgive The Terrorists Is Up To God, But To Send Them To Him Is Up To Me It seems that the only source I can trace to is a tweet from Remi ...
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Did a Muslim security guard stop the French stadium bombing? [closed]

I have been seeing many reports of people claiming that a French Muslim security guard named "Zouheir" stopped a suicide bomber from entering the stadium where a Germany vs France football match was ...
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Has the Eiffel Tower gone dark in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks?

From Paris under attack: Shootout and explosion in Paris Already the country is mourning the horrific night with the Eiffel Tower going dark as the nation will wake Saturday in a state of shock. ...