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Significant Ongoing Armed Conflicts, 2014

The following table shows where wars and armed conflicts are raging

Main warring parties Year
began1
Middle East  
Govt. of Iraq (supported by United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)) vs. Shia and Sunni armed factions 2003
Israel vs. Palestinians 1948
Yemen: Government forces vs. Houthi rebels, southern separatists and the Southern Movement, and Ansar al Sharia, which are associated with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) 2004
Turkey: Government forces vs. the Kurdiastan Workers' Party (PKK) 2003
Syria: President Bashar Assad's regime vs. Free Syrian Army, part of Arab Spring 2011
Egypt: Combatants have changed with successive governments. Currently: Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) vs. Muslim Brotherhood and pro-Morsi supporters 2011
Asia  
The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) supported by roughly 50 countries from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) vs. the Taliban supported by Al-Qaeda. 1978
India vs. Kashmiri separatist groups/Pakistan 1947
India vs. Assam insurgents (various) 1979
India vs. Communist Party of India (also known as Maoists and Naxalites) 1980
Pakistan: Government forces vs. Taliban, al-Qaeda, and various militant groups 1992
Philippines vs. Mindanaoan separatists
(MILF/ASG)
1971
Philippines vs. Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its military arm, the New People's Army (NPA) 1969
Burma (Myanmar): Government forces (USDP) vs. ethnic rebel groups and the National League for Democracy (NLD) 1988
Thailand: Government of Thailand vs. Southern Militant Insurgency Groups (BRN-C,GMIP,PULO, PAD) 2004
Africa  
Algeria vs. al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) 1992
Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) vs. numerous armed rebel factions and foreign armed forces 1990
Ethiopia vs. rebel groups, notably the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). 2007
Kenya: Internal ethnic fighting (Bantu, Nilotic, Cushitic, Kikuyu, Luhya and Kalenjin). Internationally, Kenyan Defense Forces vs. al-Shabaab. 1991
Nigeria: Boko Haram vs. Nigerian Army 1990
South Sudan: Government forces vs. rebel militias (SPLA) 1983
Somalia (SFG)vs. rival clans and Islamist groups (al-Shabaab) 1988
Sudan vs. Darfur rebel groups (SLM/A, JEM, SPLA-N, SRF, NCF) 2003
Central African Republic  
Libya: Government of Libya vs. rogue militias and separatists 2011
Europe  
Russia: Russian Federation vs. Caucasus Emirate 1999
Latin America  
Colombia vs. National Liberation Army (ELN) and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 1964
NOTE: As of Dec. 31, 2013.
1. Where multiple parties and long-standing but sporadic conflict are concerned, date of first combat deaths is given.
Sources: Project Ploughshares, www.ploughshares.ca , and news sources.


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