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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 Macedonian Police NLA
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  DR Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo Pro-government Mai-Mai militias
FDLR (2006–2014)
APCLS[6] (2012–2013)
Nyatura (2012–2014)
United Nations MONUSCO
 Botswana (Against FNL and FNL-Nzabampema only) Supported by:


CNDP (2006–2009)
Democratic Republic of the Congo M23 (2012–2013)
Allegedly supported by:

FNL-Nzabampema (2013–present)
(1993–2009 and

2004 Ongoing Sistan and Baluchestan insurgency
Part of the Balochistan conflict

Supported by:
Israel Israel(alleged, denied)[8][9]
United States United States(alleged, denied)[8][9]
Pakistan Pakistan (alleged, denied)[10]

2005 Ongoing Paraguayan People's Army insurgency  Paraguay

Supported by:
 United States[11]

Vigilante self-defense groups[12]

Paraguayan People's Army (EPP)
Armed Peasant Association (ACA)[a]
Paraguay Army of Marshal López (EML)
(from 2016)[14]
Supported by:
FARC (until 2016)[17]
Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front (alleged)[18]
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 2009/2013 Bakassi conflict  Cameroon Bakassi
2006 2006 2006 Lebanon War  Israel

Supported by:
 United States

2006 2007 Sectarian violence in Iraq (2006–07)
Part of the Iraq War
Public stability:

Iraq Iraqi security forces
United States United States
United Kingdom United Kingdom[22]
Other coalition forces
Private Security Contractors
Iraqi Kurdistan Peshmerga
Sons of Iraq[23]

Sunni factions:

Iraqi Ba'ath Party Loyalists

Ansar al-Sunna
Islamic Army of Iraq
Sunni tribes
Other Sunni insurgents and militia Mujahideen Shura Council

Islamic State of Iraq

Shi'a factions:
Mahdi Army
Special Groups

Badr Brigades
Rogue elements among the Iraqi security forces
Soldiers of Heaven
Shia tribes
Other militias

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 [24][25][26]
France France[24][27]
Germany Germany[24]
Netherlands Netherlands[24]
Spain Spain[24][28]
 United Kingdom[29][30]
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 2007 Hamas' takeover of Gaza Hamas Fatah
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 conflict in Lebanon Future Movement

Progressive Socialist Party


Amal Movement
Arab Democratic Party

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[32][33][34] 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[35]
Supported by:
 United States[37]
African Union (announced)[39][40]
 United Kingdom[41][42]
 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant[46]


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 Somali Civil War (2009–present)
Part of the Somali Civil War
 Federal Republic of Somalia:

Foreign Involvement
AMISOM Advisors/Non-combat support:
 United States[50]
 European Union[51]
 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 Somali Civil War (2009–present)
Somalia TFG
Ras Kamboni Movement
Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a
2011 2014 Factional violence in Libya (2011–14) Libya Libyan National Army

Government-sanctioned local militias

  • Supreme Security Committee
Various militias

Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries[57][58]

2011 2014 Iraqi insurgency (2011–2013)
Part of the Iraq War
2012 2015 Northern Mali conflict Mali Government of Mali


 South Africa[71]

Supported by:

Non-state combatants:
Ganda Iso
MSA (from 2016)
GATIA (from 2014)

* National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad
  • Islamic Movement of Azawad

Islamist Groups

Nigerian jihadist volunteers

 Islamic State

  • Islamic State in the Greater Sahara
2012 2012 Heglig Crisis Sudan Sudan South Sudan South Sudan
2012 2012 2012 Abyan offensive

Part of the Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen

Yemen Military of Yemen Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
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)  Central African Republic
MINUSCA (since 2014)
MISCA (2013–2014)

 France (2013–16)
 South Africa (2012–13)


Anti-balaka MRPRC

2013 Ongoing South Sudanese Civil War
Part of the ethnic violence in South Sudan (2011–present)
South Sudan South Sudan

Allied militias:
SPLM-N[123][121] (alleged)
EUPF[124] (alleged)
State allies:
 Egypt[126] (alleged)

South Sudan SPLM-IO[127]

Nuer White Army[128]

South Sudan National Army[137][138]
South Sudan NAS[139] (since March 2017)
South Sudan SS-UF[140]
Arrow Boys (since Nov. 2015)
South Sudan Wau State insurgents[141]
Supported by:
 Sudan (South Sudanese gov. claim)[142]

United Nations UNMISS[143]

2013 Ongoing Batwa–Luba clashes
2013 Ongoing RENAMO insurgency (2013–present)  Mozambique Flag of RENAMO (1st version).png RENAMO
2014 2014 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict
Part of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict
 Israel Hamas
2014 2014 2014 Aswan tribal clashes
2014 2017 Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017)  Iraq Islamic State
2014 Ongoing Libyan Civil War (2014–present) Libya Tobruk-led Government and Libyan National Army

Libya Gaddafi loyalists
 United Arab Emirates
 Jordan (2014-16)
 United States (2014-16)
 Saudi Arabia

Libya Government of National Accord and Libya Shield Force

 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Libya National Salvation Government Support:
 United States (Since 2016)
 United Kingdom (Since 2016)
 United Nations

2014 Ongoing War in Donbass
Part of the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine
 Ukraine  Donetsk People's Republic
 Luhansk People's Republic

Support:  Russia (Denied)

2014 Ongoing Military intervention against ISIL
2015 Ongoing Yemeni Civil War (2015–present) Houthis  Hadi Government
 Southern Movement

 Saudi Arabia
Armament support:
 United States

2015 Ongoing ISIL insurgency in Tunisia  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Ansar al-Sharia
(only in March 2016)[146]

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
 Nigeria Niger Delta Separatists
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  Democratic Republic of the Congo Kamwina Nsapu militia.png Kamwina Nsapu militia
2017 2017 2017 Afghanistan–Pakistan border skirmish
Part of the Afghanistan–Pakistan skirmishes
 Pakistan  Afghanistan
2017 Ongoing 2017–19 Qatif unrest
Part of the Qatif conflict
 Saudi Arabia
Organization for the Islamic Revolution in the Arabian Peninsula
Hezbollah Al-Hejaz
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
2019 Ongoing 2019 India–Pakistan standoff
 Pakistan  India
  1. ^ ACA was active from 2014 until 2016, when most of its members and leaders were killed. The group was effectively defunct after this point,[13][14] but was revived sometime in 2017 by members of the EML.[15][16]
  2. ^ The SPLM-IO accused JEM of supporting Kiir's government since 2013, though JEM has denied any involvement and claims to maintain neutrality in the South Sudanese Civil War.[119] The Sudanese government,[120] aid workers[119] and other sources[121] have however affirmed that JEM is taking part in conflict on the side of the South Sudanese government.[122]
  3. ^ The Cobra Faction openly opposed the government until 2014, and remained in relative opposition until 2015, when it divided into a pro-government and pro-SPLM-IO faction, the latter of which formed the Greater Pibor Forces. In early 2016, the Cobra Faction effectively disbanded, when the remaining group joined the government.[129][130][131] In September 2016, however, the Cobra Faction was declared restored by some of its commanders and declared that it had resumed its struggle against the government.[132]

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