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Questions tagged [war]

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

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Is any male over 15 years of age considered a combatant if killed by a drone strike?

In the essay "We have always fought" by Kameron Hurley, she makes the following claim: We don’t kill “fifteen year old boys” but “enemy combatants” (yes, every boy 15 and over killed in drone ...
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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 text ...
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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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Did Donald Trump express support for the Iraq war?

Donald Trump claimed in the presidential debates (September 26th 2016) that he had always been against the Iraq war. Most others claim he supported it. Is there documentary evidence of him expressing ...
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Did Christians kill thirty to fifty times as many people in political violence as Muslims in the 20th century?

Blog post by US academic Juan Cole (sometimes linked to in twitter) Twentieth Century Deaths in War and Political Violence by Religion Total: 102 Million Killed by Christians of European ...
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Has France ever won a war?

France is commonly made fun of for not having won a war, for instance when they rejoined NATO and the daily mail made fun of them: Why did the French celebrate their World Cup in 1998 so wildly? ...
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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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Do Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian kids? [closed]

My Arabian friend showed me a video of a child getting shot. He also gave me some links after a quick search: The Independent: I watched an Israeli soldier shoot dead my two little girls Just Read ...
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Do colour-blind people see through certain kinds of camouflage?

I found this claim in Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins. This is the Google Books link to the relevant page. Nobody knows whether or how this benefits them, but it may be suggestive that ...
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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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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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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 sounds ...
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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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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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Was 19 the average age of a combat soldier in Vietnam?

The anti-war song 19 by Paul Hardcastle claims that: In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26... In Vietnam he was 19. Are these figures accurate? I'm more interested in the ...
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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 criminals ...
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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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Has Obama or any other US President authorized the assassination of US citizens?

In this interview with RT News, Sean Stone -- the son of Oliver Stone and outspoken critic of US anti-Iran sentiment -- claims that President Barack Obama has "assassinated American citizens" (~4:20 ...
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Were American female soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan more likely to be raped by their fellow soldiers than attacked by the enemy?

BradyBunch12 wrote in a Reddit post with 3.9k upvotes in What's a statistically proven fact that nobody wants to hear? While deployed in Afghanistan or Iraq, American female soldiers were more ...
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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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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: Do you know what triggered the last World War? An argument over how many telegraph poles Germany owed its war debt creditors! This ...
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Are US-sold aircrafts not able to shoot on Israeli targets?

According to this article, the old U.S. system ... automatically identified all Israeli targets as a "friend," preventing Turkish fighter jets from firing at them, even if Turkish pilots were ...
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Have more US veterans taken their own life in the last six years than died in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Is this claim by Jill Stein accurate? I'm assuming that she's referring to US veterans, both for the suicide rate and the combined death rate in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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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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Has weather been weaponised?

A letter in The Guardian makes the following claims: While seemingly fantastical, weather has been weaponised. At least four countries – the US, Russia, China and Israel – possess the technology ...
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Was Robert Capa’s famous 1936 war photo “The Falling Soldier” a faked photo?

The photo in question (Death of a Loyalist Militiaman, Córdoba front, Spain (1936)) can be found here at The International Center of Photography and is also attached below. The question is: The core ...
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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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Is there a “cyber war”?

I've been extremely sceptical of this new concept of a cyber war. That is, a malicious country or organisation could attack another country by bringing down their network through, say a DDoS or a well ...
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Was the Browning Automatic Rifle kept from US troops during WWI?

On the History Channel show Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters 2 (S05E30) there is a segment on the French Chauchat rifle. Dr. Jack Atwater, former director of the US Army Ordnance Museum, makes ...
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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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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 understand ...
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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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Was the UK's drive to acquire civilian metals to use in WW2 necessary for the war effort?

This question was asked here recently: Were World War II scrap drives in the United States truly necessary for the procurement of raw materials? And it has produced some very solid analysis and ...
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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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Did Christian soldiers commit the first recorded suicide bombing?

According to this Sky News article: The first recorded suicide bombing came from Christian soldiers during the Crusades to free The Holy City of Jerusalem from the control of Muslim armies. ...
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Can Exocet missiles be remotely disabled with secret codes?

It is reported that Margaret Thatcher, during the Falklands War, put pressure on French president François Mitterrand to give her secret codes so that the British armed forces could disable French-...
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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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Did Churchill urge the US to ‘wipe out’ Moscow with an A-bomb

I read the following article: https://www.icij.org/blog/2014/10/churchill-urged-us-wipe-out-moscow-bomb/ from a seemingly reputable source (although it is a blog post). The key claim: Privately, ...
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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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Are there up to 100,000 people in Eastern Aleppo as of December 2016?

I'm seeing a lot of people talk about 100,000 left and remaining in eastern Aleppo, EXCLUSIVE: UN in talks to evacuate 100,000 from east Aleppo A United Nations source speaking to Middle East Eye ...
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Were chemical weapons used in the civil war in Syria by the Assad regime before 2014?

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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Is “five” removed from military countdowns because it sounds like “fire”?

This question on english.stackexchange.com asks if a word with multiple meanings could be misunderstood and result in death. This answer says: The word 'five' is generally omitted from countdowns ...
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Did Morocco provide 2,000 monkeys to the American-led effort in the Iraq War?

I've heard in various places - chief among them, Will Ferrell's 'You're Welcome America' - that Morocco contributed monkeys for bomb or land mine detonation in the 2003 Iraq War. Did this deal ...
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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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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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Did the North Korean Navy sink the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Chicago by torpedo boat in 1950?

I am from an Eastern bloc nation. In my childhood I was taught that the North Korean Navy sunk the U.S. Navy heavy cruiser U.S.S. Chicago by torpedo boat in 1950. The teaching was such: On June ...
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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 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 ...
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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, ...