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Significant Ongoing Armed Conflicts, 2012

The following table shows where wars and armed conflicts are raging

Main warring parties Year
Middle East  
U.S. and UK vs. Iraq 2003
Israel vs. Palestinians 1948
Yemen: Government forces vs. the rebel group Shabab al-Moumineen (The Youthful Believers) 2004
Turkey: Government forces vs. the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) 1999
Syria: President Bashar Assad's regime vs. Free Syrian Army, part of Arab Spring 2011
Afghanistan: U.S., UK, and Coalition Forces vs. al-Qaeda and Taliban 2001
India vs. Kashmiri separatist groups/Pakistan 1948
India vs. Assam insurgents (various) 1979
Philippines vs. Mindanaoan separatists
Sri Lanka vs. Tamil Eelan2 1978
Algeria vs. Armed Islamic Group (GIA) 1991
South Sudan  
Somalia vs. rival clans and Islamist groups 1991
Sudan vs. Darfur rebel groups 2003
Libya: Muammar Gadhafi’s regime vs. rebels of pro-democracy movement, part of Arab Spring 2011
Russia vs. Chechen separatists 1994
Latin America  
Colombia vs. National Liberation Army (ELN) 1978
Colombia vs. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 1978
Colombia vs. Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC) 1990
NOTE: As of Dec. 31, 2011.
1. Where multiple parties and long-standing but sporadic conflict are concerned, date of first combat deaths is given.
2. 2002 cease-fire collapsed in 2006.
Sources: Project Ploughshares, www.ploughshares.ca , and news sources.

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