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List of ongoing conflicts

For recent conflicts that are no longer significantly ongoing, see List of wars 2003–2010 and List of wars 2011–present.

The following is a list of ongoing armed conflicts that are taking place around the world and which continue to result in violent deaths. This list is for the sole purpose of identifying present-day conflicts and the death toll associated with each conflict. Note:

  • Fatality figures include both civilian and military deaths unless otherwise indicated.
  • Military conflicts which no longer produce violent deaths are not listed here, but can be found in the historical list of wars and the list of wars extended by diplomatic irregularity.
  • Fatality totals may be underestimated or unavailable due to a lack of information. A figure with a plus sign (e.g. 455+) indicates that at least 455 people have died - the actual toll could be considerably higher.

1,000+ deaths per year

Conflicts in the following list are currently causing at least 1000 violent deaths per year, a categorization used by the Uppsala Conflict Data Program[1] and recognised by the United Nations.[2][3] Italics indicate disputed territories and unrecognized states.

Start of conflict Conflict Continent Location Cumulative fatalities Fatalities in 2012 Fatalities in 2013
1964 Colombian conflict (1964–present) South America  Colombia 220,000-600,000[2][4] 4,692 (Insurgents killed in combat)[5]
1978 Conflict in Afghanistan (1978–present) Asia  Afghanistan 1,405,111-2,084,468[6][7][8][9][10] 8,398+[11][12] 144 (only coalition)[12]
1991 Somali Civil War Africa  Somalia
 Somaliland
500,000+[13][14] 2,620[15] 68+[16]
1992 Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen Asia  Yemen 3,711[17] 2,333[17] 81-98+[b]
2001 Islamist insurgency in Nigeria Africa  Nigeria 15,000+[18][19][20] 792+[21] 1,000-1,007+[c]
2004 War in North-West Pakistan Asia  Pakistan 49,921[22] 6,211[22] 4,784[22]
2006 Mexican Drug War North America  Mexico 110,000+[23][24] 18,161+ (by November)[25] 10,000+[26]
2009 Sudanese nomadic conflicts Africa  South Sudan
 Sudan
7,441[27][28][29] 3,200[27][28] 869+
2011 Syrian civil war Asia  Syria 120,300[30] 41,900[31] 35,000
2011 Inter and Intra-Sudanese conflicts Africa  South Sudan
 Sudan
4,900+[32] 1,119[32] 2,500+[33]
2011 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal) Asia  Iraq 11,250 [34] 4,573 (civilians)[34] 6,300 (civilians)[35]
2013 Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present) Africa  Egypt 1,182 [40] - 1,182

Other conflicts - Fewer than 1,000 deaths per year or unknown

There are many other smaller-scale armed conflicts that are currently causing a smaller number of violent fatalities each year. Several ongoing military conflicts arose as part of the Arab Spring, though the phenomenon has included mostly peaceful protests. Italics indicate disputed territories and unrecognized states.

Start of conflict Conflict Continent Location Cumulative fatalities Fatalities in 2012 Fatalities in 2013
1918 Kurdish separatism in Iran Asia  Iran 34,000+[41] 8[42] 38-39[a]
1942 Communist insurgency in the Philippines Asia  Philippines 43,388+ 182[1] 31+[43][44]
1945 Korean Conflict Asia  North Korea
 South Korea
4,500,000+[45] 2[46] 1[47]
1947 Kashmir conflict Asia  India
 Pakistan
43,293–68,000[48][49][verification needed] 117+[48] 22[48][verification needed]
1948 Israeli–Palestinian conflict Asia  Israel
 State of Palestine
21,500[50] 272[51] 20[52][53][54][55][56][57][58][59]
1948 Balochistan conflict Asia  Pakistan
 Iran (until 2010)
3,679+[60][61] 954[60] 144+[60]
1948 Internal conflict in Burma Asia  Burma 210,000[62] 702[63]
1963 Papua conflict Oceania  Indonesia 400,000[64][65][66] 1+ 20+[67][68][69][70][71]
1964 Insurgency in Northeast India Asia  India 25,000[72] 317[73] 134[73]
1967 Naxalite–Maoist insurgency Asia  India 13,812[74][75] 367[76] 306[76]
1969[77] Islamic insurgency in the Philippines[78] Asia  Philippines 120,000[79] 114[1] 281+[80][81][82][83]

[84] [85] [86] [87] [88] [89] [90] [91] [92]

1970 Western Sahara conflict Africa  Morocco
 Algeria
 Mauritania
 Western Sahara
14,000–21,000 1[93]
1980 Internal conflict in Peru South America  Peru 70,000+ 40+ 5+ [94][95][96]
1982 Casamance conflict Africa  The Gambia
 Senegal
5,000[97] 8+ 5+[98]
1984 Kurdish–Turkish conflict Asia  Turkey 45,000–100,000[99][100][101][102] 585+[103] 2[104][105]
1987 Lord's Resistance Army insurgency Africa  Uganda
 Democratic Republic of the Congo
 Central African Republic
 South Sudan
200,000 - 500,000[106] 50+ (civilians)[107] 25+ (civilians)[107]
1989 Xinjiang conflict Asia  China 2,000-3,000 56[108][109]
2002 Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002–present) Africa  Algeria
 Mali
 Tunisia
 Mauritania
 Niger
6,000[110][unreliable source?] 55+[111]
2003 War in Darfur Africa  Sudan 178,258-461,520[112]
2004 Shia insurgency in Yemen Asia  Yemen 25,000[113] 600+[114] 100+[115]
2004 Conflict in the Niger Delta Africa  Nigeria 4,000-10,000[116] 5[117] 123[118]
2004 South Thailand insurgency Asia  Thailand 5,469+[119] 535[120] 48+[121][122][123][124][125][126]

[127] [128] [129] [130]

2007 ADF insurgency Africa  Democratic Republic of the Congo 47+ 4[131][132]
2009 Insurgency in the North Caucasus Asia  Russia 2,198+[133][134][135][136][137] 574+[138]
2009 South Yemen insurgency Asia  Yemen 1,554+[139][140]
2011 Sinai insurgency Africa  Egypt 236 63–71 136+
2011 Syrian civil war spillover in Lebanon Asia  Lebanon 325 89+ 200+
2011 Post-civil war violence in Libya Africa  Libya 1,371 - 1,397 120-121
2012 Northern Mali conflict Africa  Mali
765 - 2,397+[141][142][143][144][145][146][147]
[148][149][150][143][151][152][153][154]
133 [155][verification needed] 9+[e]
2012 M23 rebellion Africa  Democratic Republic of the Congo 391+[4][17][156] 391+[4][17][156]
2012 Central African Republic conflict (2012–13) Africa  Central African Republic 300+ 20+[157][158][159] 213-243+[d]

See also

Footnotes

[a].^ Kurdish separatism in Iran (2013 deaths: 38-39)

February 2013 - 3 IRGC killed in an incident.[160]
19 May - 2 IRGC soldiers killed.[161]
August 14 - 4 IRGC guards killed and 3 wounded during mine dismantlement in Kordestan province.[162]
August 26 - 7 Iranian soldiers and 2 PJAK killed.[163]
October 10 - 5[164]-6[165] IRGC killed in Kordestan province.
October - 9 civilian casualties from IRGC fire.[166]
October 27 - 3 PJAK killed, 3 captured.[165]
October - 2 PJAK members executed.[167]
October 31 - 1 Iranian border guard killed by rebels.[168]

[b].^ Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen (2013 mortal casualties: 81-98+)

28 July-04 August - 17 Al-Qaeda suspects killed in drone attack.[169]
31 August-06 September - 29 killed in US drone attacks.[170]
September 20 attacks - 21[171]-38[172] killed.
October 15 - 1 police officer killed in shootout.[173]
October 17 - 1 soldier killed.[173]
October 18 - 12 soldiers killed in suicide bombing.[173]

[c].^ Islamist insurgency in Nigeria (2013 fatalities: 1,000-1,007+)

1 January Nigerian Army raid - 13 militants killed[174]
8 February attack on polio vaccinators - 9 women killed[175]
18 March Kano suicide bombing - 20+ killed[176]
April 2013 Baga fighting - 187 killed.[177]
June Maiduguri incident - 9 children killed by Boko Haram.[178]
June Damaturu incident - 13 students and teachers killed by Boko Haram.[178]
Yobe State school shooting (July 2013) – 42+ killed.[178]
Maiduguri mosque incident (12 August) - 56 killed.[179]
12 September ambush by Boko Haram - 40 soldiers killed.[180]
12–18 September Offensive by Nigerian Army - 150 Islamists and 16 soldiers killed.[180]
19 September Benisheik attacks – 159 killed.[181]
20 September, Abuja shootout - 7[182]-9[183] killed.
29 September, Yobe attack - more than 50 killed by Islamists.[178]
October 10 Damboa attack - 20 killed (15 suspected militants and 5 civilians).[184] Report from Barkin Ladi - 25 killed.[185]
October Borno State raids on rebel camps - 101 Boko Haram fighters killed.[186]
October Damaturu fighting - 128 people killed (95 militants, 23 soldiers, 8 policemen, 2 civilians).[187]

[d].^ Central African Republic conflict (2012–13) (2013 fatalities: 213-243+)

March 24-April 30 - around 130 people killed in Bangui.[188]
June - 12 villagers killed.[188]
August - 21 killed during the month.[188]
06 October - 14 killed.[189]
09 October - 30[190]-60[191] killed in clashes.
12 October - 6 killed.[192]

[e].^ Northern Mali conflict (2013 fatalities: 9+)

September Timbuktu bombing - 2 civilians and 4 bombers killed.[193]
23 October - civilians and 2 peacekeepers killed.[194]

References

External links

  • PeaceReporter coverage of ongoing wars
  • Global Security coverage of ongoing wars
  • BIPPI coverage of ongoing wars
  • [62]
  • History Guy's coverage of 21st century wars
  • Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK)
    • Conflict Barometer - Describes recent trends in conflict development, escalations, and settlements
  • Insight on Conflict - Database on peace-building initiatives in areas of conflict
  • Crisis Group conflict analysis
  • Iraqi Death Total Over 600,000
  • UCDP database - Database on armed conflicts from 1975 including death estimates, conflict actors, negotiations and peace agreements

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