List of wars: 2003–present

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War is a state of opened and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations.[1] For other conflicts, see rebellions, coups and separate battles.

This is a list of wars that began from 2003 onwards. Other wars can be found in the historical lists of wars and the list of wars extended by diplomatic irregularity.

Start Finished Name of conflict Belligerents
Victorious party (if applicable) Defeated party (if applicable)
2003 Ongoing War in Darfur Sudan Government of Sudan

Armament support:


Proclaimed support:
 United States
Alleged support:

2003 2011 Iraq War  United States
 United Kingdom
Iraq INC
Iraq New Iraqi Army
 South Korea
Iraq Iraq
Ba'ath Loyalists
Naqshbandi Army
Islamic State of Iraq
Mahdi Army
Special Groups
Badr Brigades
2003 2006 Iraqi insurgency (2003–06)
Part of the Iraq War
 United States
 United Kingdom
Iraq INC
Iraq New Iraqi Army
 South Korea
Iraq Iraq
Ba'ath Loyalists
Naqshbandi Army
Islamic State of Iraq
Mahdi Army
Special Groups
Badr Brigades
2003 Ongoing Balochistan conflict  Pakistan


Baloch separatist groups

Supported by:
 Iraq (1970s)[2]

Sectarian groups
Jaish ul-Adl
Jundallah (Pakistan)

2004 Ongoing War in North-West Pakistan  Pakistan

 United States

Taliban-aligned groups

 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant[4]

2004 2005 Kondovo Crisis
2004 2007 Central African Republic Bush War  Central African Republic
United Nations MINURCAT
UFDR rebels
APRD rebels
CPJP rebels
FDPC rebels
MLCJ rebels
2004 Ongoing Iran–PJAK conflict
Kurdish separatism in Iran
 Qajar dynasty(1918–25)

 Pahlavi dynasty(1925–79)

Interim Government and Council of the Islamic Revolution (1979–80)

 IranIslamic Republic of Iran (1980–present)


Shekak tribesmen (Peacetime civilians)

1925 – 1979


 Republic of Mahabad (1945–46)

Supported by:

 Soviet Union




Supported by:

 Iraq (1980–88)

 Turkey (1993–95)

 Soviet Union








2004 Ongoing Conflict in the Niger Delta Nigerian government Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta
Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force
Niger Delta Liberation Front
Joint Revolutionary Council

Niger Delta Vigilante

2004 2015 Houthi insurgency in Yemen Houthis  Yemen
 Saudi Arabia
2004 Ongoing Kivu conflict
2004 Ongoing Sistan and Baluchestan insurgency
Part of the Balochistan conflict
2005 Ongoing Paraguayan People's Army insurgency
2005 2010 Chadian Civil War (2005–10)  Chad FUC
2005 2008 Mount Elgon insurgency  Kenya Sabaot Land Defence Force
2006 Ongoing Fatah–Hamas conflict (Brothers War) Hamas Palestinian National Authority Fatah
2006 2006 2006 Lebanon War Israel Israel  Hezbollah
2006 2007 Sectarian violence in Iraq (2006–07)
Part of the Iraq War
2006 Ongoing Mexican Drug War Government

 United States

Grupos de Autodefensa Comunitaria

Drug Cartels and Crime Organizations including:

and more

2006 2009 War in Somalia (2006–09)
Part of the Somali Civil War
Invasion phase:

Somalia Transitional Federal Government
Somalia Galmudug
Somalia pro-Ethiopian warlords
 United States
 United Kingdom

Insurgency phase:
Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia
Ras Kamboni Brigades
Jabhatul Islamiya
Muaskar Anole
 Eritrea (alleged)

Invasion phase:

Islamic Courts Union
Insurgency phase:
Somalia Transitional Federal Government
Somalia pro-Ethiopian warlords

2007 Ongoing Operation Enduring Freedom – Trans Sahara  Algeria
Mauritania Mauritania
Tunisia Tunisia
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
Nigeria Nigeria
Supported & Trained By:
United States United States
Canada Canada [6][7][8]
France France[6][9]
Germany Germany[6]
Netherlands Netherlands[6]
Spain Spain[6][10]
 United Kingdom[11][12]
Flag of Jihad.svg al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
Flag of Jihad.svg Ansar Dine
Supported By:
Flag of Jihad.svg Boko Haram
Flag of Jihad.svg MOJWA
2007 2009 Tuareg rebellion (2007–09)

part of the Tuareg rebellion

Niger Movement for Justice

23 May ADC Group

2007 2015 War in Ingushetia Russia Russian Federation

Ingushetia Ingush government

Flag of Caucasian Emirate.svg Caucasus Emirate (Vilayat Galgaycho)

Ingushetia Ingush opposition (2007-2008)
ad hoc revenge groups

2008 2008 2008 invasion of Anjouan  Comoros

African Union:


2008 2008 2008 Kufra conflict Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Flag of the Toubou Front for the Salvation of Libya.svg Toubou Front for the Salvation of Libya
2008 2012 Cambodian–Thai border dispute  Thailand  Cambodia
2008 2008 Djiboutian–Eritrean border conflict  Djibouti  Eritrea
2008 2008 Russo-Georgian war  Russia
 South Ossetia
2008 2009 Gaza War  Israel[14][15][16] Hamas
2009 Ongoing Sudanese nomadic conflicts
2009 Ongoing Insurgency in the North Caucasus  Russia  Caucasus Emirate
2009 Ongoing Boko Haram insurgency  Nigeria
Multinational Joint Task Force (Niger, Nigeria and Chad)
Vigilante groups[17]
Supported by:
 United States[19]
African Union (announced)[21][22]
 United Kingdom[23][24]
 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant[28]


2009 2009 2009 Peruvian political crisis  Peru AIDESEP
2009 2009 2009 Boko Haram uprising
Boko Haram insurgency
 Nigeria Boko Haram
2009 Ongoing South Yemen insurgency Government

Pro-government tribes

People's Democratic Republic of Yemen Southern Movement
2009 Ongoing War in Somalia (2009–present)
Part of the Somali Civil War
 Federal Republic of Somalia:

Foreign Involvement
AMISOM Advisors/Non-combat support:
 United States[32]
 European Union[33]
 NATO[citation needed]
 United Kingdom[citation needed]
 France[citation needed]


Hizbul Islam (2009-2010)

2009 2010 Operation Scorched Earth

Part of the Houthi insurgency in Yemen

 Saudi Arabia
2009 2009 Dongo conflict  Democratic Republic of the Congo
Supported by:
United Nations MONUC
 Rwanda (alleged)
Resistance Patriots of Dongo
2010 2010 2010 South Kyrgyzstan ethnic clashes  Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzistani Kyrgyz gangs

Kyrgyzstani Uzbeks

2010 2010 2010 Kingston unrest  Jamaica Shower Posse drug cartel
2010 2012 Tajikistan insurgency Flag of Tajikistan.svg Tajikistan Flag of Jihad.svg United Tajik Opposition
2010 2011 2010–2011 Ivorian crisis

Second Ivorian Civil War

Ivory Coast New Forces
Ivory Coast RDR
United Nations UNOCI
Ivory Coast Military of Côte d'Ivoire
Liberian mercenaries
Young Patriots of Abidjan
Ivorian Popular Front
2011 2011 Libyan Civil War (2011) Libya NTC


Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
2011 Ongoing Sinai insurgency  Egypt
Flag of Jihad.svg Islamist militants

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

2011 Ongoing Syrian Civil War Syria Syrian Arab Republic (Government)
Syrian Social Nationalist Party
Liwa al-Quds


Free Syrian Army
Ahrar al-Sham
Tahrir al-Sham
Jaysh al-Islam
Flag of Rojava.svg Rojava
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

United States (2011-19)
 Saudi Arabia

2011 Ongoing Sudanese conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile Sudan Government of Sudan SRF

Alleged support:

 South Sudan

2011 Ongoing Shia insurgency in Bahrain  Bahrain Al-Ashtar Brigades
  • Wa'ad Allah Brigades
  • Islamic Allah Brigades
  • Imam al-Mahdi Brigades
  • al-Haydariyah Brigades

 Iran (alleged)

2011 2017 Syrian Civil War spillover in Lebanon
Part of the Syrian Civil War
Lebanon Lebanon
Syria Syria
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Al-Qaeda affiliates

Free Syrian Army

2011 Ongoing Ethnic violence in South Sudan (2011–present)
Part of the Sudanese nomadic conflicts
2011 2012 Operation Linda Nchi
Part of the War in Somalia (2009–present)
Somalia TFG
Ras Kamboni Movement
Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a
2011 2014 Factional violence in Libya (2011–14)
2011 2014 Iraqi insurgency (2011–2013)
Part of the Iraq War
2012 2015 Northern Mali conflict
2012 2012 Heglig Crisis Sudan Sudan South Sudan South Sudan
2012 2013 M23 rebellion  DR Congo
 South Africa
Democratic Republic of the Congo March 23 Movement
2012 2012 Baragoi clashes
2012 Ongoing Central African Republic conflict (2012–present)
2013 Ongoing South Sudanese Civil War
Part of the ethnic violence in South Sudan (2011–present)
2013 Ongoing Batwa–Luba clashes
2013 Ongoing RENAMO insurgency (2013–present)  Mozambique Flag of RENAMO (1st version).png RENAMO
2014 Ongoing 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict
Part of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict
2014 2014 2014 Aswan tribal clashes
2014 2017 Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017)  Iraq Islamic State
2014 Ongoing Libyan Civil War (2014–present)
2014 Ongoing War in Donbass
Part of the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine
 Ukraine  Donetsk People's Republic
 Luhansk People's Republic
2014 Ongoing Military intervention against ISIL
2015 Ongoing Yemeni Civil War (2015)  Houthis  Hadi Government
 Southern Movement

 Saudi Arabia
Armament support:
 United States

2015 Ongoing ISIL insurgency in Tunisia
2015 Ongoing Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present)
Part of the Kurdish–Turkish conflict (1978–present)
 Turkey Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK)
2016 Ongoing 2016 Niger Delta conflict
Part of the Conflict in the Niger Delta
2016 2016 2016 Armenian–Azerbaijani clashes  Azerbaijan  Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
2016 2017 The Pool War  Republic of the Congo Ninja militia
2016 Ongoing Northern Rakhine State clashes
Part of the Rohingya insurgency in Western Myanmar and the Internal conflict in Myanmar
 Myanmar Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army
2016 2016 2016 Kasese clashes  Uganda  Kingdom of Rwenzururu
2016 Ongoing Kamwina Nsapu rebellion
2017 2017 2017 Afghanistan–Pakistan border skirmish
Part of the Afghanistan–Pakistan skirmishes
 Pakistan  Afghanistan
2017 Ongoing 2017–18 Qatif unrest
Part of the Qatif conflict
2017 2017 2017 Iraqi–Kurdish conflict
Part of the Iraqi Civil War


 Iraqi Kurdistan
2017 Ongoing Anglophone Crisis  Cameroon  Ambazonia
2017 Ongoing Islamist insurgency in Mozambique  Mozambique
Ansar al-Sunna
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
2017 Ongoing Iraqi insurgency (2017–present)  Iraq Islamic State
White Flags
Iraqi Baath Party
2018 2018 2018 Armenian–Azerbaijani clashes  Azerbaijan  Armenia

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c B Raman (25 January 2003). "Iraq's shadow on Balochistan". Asia Times. Archived from the original on April 23, 2005. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Uzbek militants in Afghanistan pledge allegiance to ISIS in beheading video". Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "ISIS Now Has Military Allies in 11 Countries – NYMag". Daily Intelligencer. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Pakistan Taliban splinter group vows allegiance to Islamic State". Reuters. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Flintlock 11 Kicks off February 21 in Senegal". AFRICOM. 3 February 2011. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Canada Sends Special Forces to Aid African Al-Qaida Fight". Montreal Gazette. 2 December 2011. Archived from the original on 6 January 2012.
  8. ^ "US, Mali Armies Kick off Exercise Atlas Accord; Postpone Exercise Flintlock". Defense Web. 13 February 2012.
  9. ^ "French Hostage Executed after raid on Al-Qaeda base". France 24 news. 26 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Police in Spain arrest 5 suspected of financing terrorists". CNN. 27 September 2011.
  11. ^ "US Starts Anti-Al-Qaeda Military Exercise in Sahara". BBC. 3 May 2010.
  12. ^ "Britain Signals Maghreb Push with Anti-Terror Help". Reuters Africa. 18 October 2011.
  13. ^ AFP (2008-03-25). "African forces invade rebel Comoros island". ReliefWeb. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  14. ^ Eshel, David (2009-05-11). "New Tactics Yield Solid Victory in Gaza". Aviation Week. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
  15. ^ Spyer, Jonathan. "Hamas seeks new doctrine after Gaza War failures". Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2010-03-24.
  16. ^ Ethan Bonner, Hamas Shifts From Rockets to Culture War New York Times, 24 July 2009
  17. ^ "Vigilantes Settle Local Scores With Boko Haram". Voice of America. 15 February 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  18. ^ Adama Nossiter (12 March 2015). "Mercenaries Join Nigeria's Military Campaign Against Boko Haram". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  19. ^ Gryboski, Michael. "US Offers to Help Find Over 200 Nigerian Schoolgirls Abducted by Boko Haram". Christian Post. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  20. ^ West Africa leaders vow to wage 'total war' on Boko Haram By John Irish and Elizabeth Pineau. 17 May 2014 2:19 PM.
  21. ^ Union agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria., Jan 31, 2015.
  22. ^ The African Union Readies an Army to Fight Boko Haram,
  23. ^ a b c Kidnapped schoolgirls: British experts to fly to Nigeria 'as soon as possible'., Wednesday 7 May 2014 17.33 BST.
  24. ^ "British troops to help fight against Boko Haram as SAS target Isil". the Telegraph. 20 December 2014.
  25. ^ Canada joins effort to free Nigerian schoolgirls. May 14, 2014 3:23 pm Updated: May 15, 2014 7:01 pm. By Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press
  26. ^ Iran ready to help Nigeria over abducted girls: Diplomat. Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Monday 19 May, 201404:53 PM GMT.
  27. ^ Israel sends experts to help hunt for Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamists. Jerusalem Post; 05/20/2014 18:03.
  28. ^ "Boko Haram swears formal allegiance to ISIS". Associated Press. Fox News. March 8, 2015.
  29. ^ Sudarsan Raghavan (31 May 2013). "Nigerian Islamist militants return from Mali with weapons, skills". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  30. ^ Steve White (13 March 2013). "Nigerian hostage deaths: British hostage executed in error". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  31. ^ "Somalia: Islamist Group Supports President Sharif". 13 February 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  32. ^ see: Operation Enduring Freedom – Horn of Africa
  33. ^ "Italy pledges to Somali gov't financial support to uproot Al shabaab". Shabelle. November 3, 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2011.[dead link]
  34. ^ "Last Libyan Mission for Norway's F16S To Fly Tomorrow". Agenzia Giornalistica Italia. 29 July 2011. Archived from the original on 23 November 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2011.

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