List of active rebel groups

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This is a list of active rebel groups around the world whose domains may be subnational, transnational or international. A "rebel group" is defined here as a political group seeking change through armed conflict in opposition to an established government or governments.

Groups which control territory[edit]

The following rebel groups control a certain amount of land or territory. Such control might be temporary, contested or fluctuating within a state of war.

It does not include the governments of stable breakaway states or other states with limited recognition.

Rebel Group Country Conflict Territory Controlled Notes
ShababFlag.svg Al-Shabaab  Somalia War in Somalia (2009–present) Parts of southern Somalia (see Somalia control map)
Houthis  Yemen Shia insurgency in Yemen Sa'adah governorate and surrounding areas of northwestern Yemen (See Houthis article)
Kachin Independence Army flag.svg Kachin Independence Army  Burma Kachin conflict Parts of Kachin State and possibly Shan State Military wing of Kachin Independence Organisation
Ala kurdên rojava.svg Kurdish forces in Syria  Syria Syrian Civil War Parts of northern and northeastern Syria (See Syrian Kurdistan, Syrian Kurdistan campaign (2012–present)) Ambiguous relationship with Syrian government
Rebel forces in Syria  Syria Syrian Civil War See Cities and towns during the Syrian Civil War Various groups not necessarily allied, but difficult to say which group controls which areas.
Flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.svg The Islamic State  Iraq Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal) North-western Iraq
Forces Nouvelles de Côte d'Ivoire  Ivory Coast Ivorian Civil War Northern Ivory Coast
Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement-in-Opposition  South Sudan South Sudanese conflict (2013–14) Parts of Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile states
Sudan Revolutionary Front  Sudan Sudan–SRF conflict Parts of South Kordofan state, Blue Nile state, and possibly Darfur

Other groups[edit]

Other rebel groups are listed by the states within which they operate. Because the above list of rebel groups controlling territory may be incomplete, this list may still contain some groups which do control territory.

International[edit]

Afghanistan[edit]

Algeria[edit]

Angola[edit]

Burma[edit]

Burundi[edit]

Central African Republic[edit]

Central African Republic Séléka

Lord's Resistance Army


Chad[edit]

China[edit]

Further information: Xinjiang conflict
Group Strength
East Turkestan Islamic Movement 1,000

Colombia[edit]

Congo, Democratic Republic of the[edit]

M23

Egypt[edit]

Group Strength
Muslim Brotherhood
Anti-Coup Alliance
al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya
Ansar Bait al-Maqdis 1,000[10]

Ethiopia[edit]

France[edit]

Greece[edit]

Haiti[edit]

India[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

Iran[edit]

Iraq[edit]

Group Strength
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant 15,000
Logo of the Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation.png Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation 100,000
Logo of the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order.png Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order 5,000
IAILogo.png Islamic Army of Iraq 10,000
Free Iraqi Army
Shiism arabic blue.svg Special Groups 7,000
Badr Brigades
Shiism arabic blue.svg Soldiers of Heaven
Shiism arabic blue.svg Mukhtar Army
General Military Council for Iraqi Revolutionaries

Ireland[edit]

See United Kingdom

Israel[edit]

Hamas

Italy[edit]


Laos[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Libya[edit]

Group Strength
Libya Operation Dignity
Ansar al-Sharia (Benghazi)
Pro-government in Libyan conflict
Libya Shield (Militia)
Zintan Brigade
Brigade 93 300

Mali[edit]

Further information: Northern Mali conflict
Group Strength
Azawad National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad 10,000[22]
Ansar Dine 2,000
Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa
al-Qaeda 800
Boko Haram
Ansar al-Sharia (Mali)

Mexico[edit]

Morocco[edit]

Mozambique[edit]

Namibia[edit]

Nigeria[edit]

Group Strength
Boko Haram
Ansaru
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta 15,000
Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force
Niger Delta Liberation Front 2,500
Niger Delta Vigilante 4,000

Pakistan[edit]

Palestine[edit]

Paraguay[edit]

Group Strength
Paraguayan People's Army

Peru[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Group Strength
Communist Party of the Philippines
Moro National Liberation Front
Moro Islamic Liberation Front[38]
Sultanate of Sulu
Abu Sayyaf[39] 300
Rajah Sulaiman movement[40][41]
Jemaah Islamiyah
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

Russia[edit]

Group Strength
Caucasus Emirate

Rwanda[edit]

Senegal[edit]

Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance

South Sudan[edit]

Group Strength
Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement-in-Opposition
South Sudan Liberation Movement
Nuer White Army
South Sudan South Sudan Democratic Movement
Lord's Resistance Army 200[42]

Sudan[edit]

Further information: War in Darfur and Sudan–SRF conflict
Group Strength
Sudan Revolutionary Front 60,000
Sudan Liberation and Justice Movement

Syria[edit]

Group Strength
Islamic Front 55,000
People's Protection Units Flag.svg People's Protection Units 47,000
Syria Free Syrian Army 40,000
al-Qaeda 15,000
Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union 15,000
Authenticity and Development Front 13,000
Army of Mujahedeen 8,000
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant 15,000
Jabhat al-Akrad 7,000
Muhajirin wa-Ansar Alliance 6,000
Mujahideen Shura Council
Ahl al-Sham
Jaysh al-Sham
Turkish Ghuraba al-Sham
Jund al-Sham
Abdullah Azzam Brigade
Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar
Fatah al-Islam
Ansar al-Islam
Iraq Free Iraqi Army
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan
East Turkestan Islamic Movement
Green Battalion
Harakat Sham al Islam
Sham Legion
Ahrar al-Jazeera
Muslim Brotherhood of Syria
Sutoro
Syriac Military Council
Shammar
Asayish

Thailand[edit]

Further information: South Thailand insurgency
Group Strength
Pattani United Liberation Organization
National Revolution Front
National Front for the Liberation of Pattani
Jemaah Islamiyah

Turkey[edit]

Uganda[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

Group Strength
Federal State of Novorossiya 20,000[44]
Donbass People's Militia
Don Cossacks

United Kingdom[edit]

Uzbekistan[edit]

Yemen[edit]

Group Strength
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
Houthis 100,000
People's Democratic Republic of Yemen South Yemen Movement

See also[edit]

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