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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 between 2003 to 2010. 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 Flag of Sudan.svg NRF

Proclaimed support:
United States
Alleged support:
Flag of Eritrea.svg Eritrea
Flag of Chad.svg Chad

Sudan Government of Sudan

Armament support:
Flag of Russia.svg Russia

2003 2011 Iraq War United States
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Iraq INC
Iraq New Iraqi Army
Flag of KDP.png KDP
Flag of PUK.png PUK
Flag of Australia.svg Australia
Flag of Poland.svg Poland
Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine
Flag of Italy.svg Italy
Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia
Flag of Spain.svg Spain
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
Iraq Iraq
Flag of the Ba'ath Party.svg Ba'ath Loyalists
Flag of Jihad.svg SCJL
Flag of Jihad.svg Naqshbandi Army
Flag of The Islamic State of Iraq.jpg Islamic State of Iraq
Flag of al-Qaeda in Iraq.svg Al-Qaeda
Flag of Jihad.svg Mahdi Army
Flag of Jihad.svg Special Groups
Flag of Jihad.svg Badr Brigades
2003 2006 Iraqi insurgency (2003–06)
Part of the Iraq War
2003 Ongoing Balochistan conflict Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan

Flag of Iran.svg Iran

Baloch separatist groups

Supported by:
Flag of Iraq (1963–1991); Flag of Syria (1963–1972).svg Iraq (1970s)[2]

Sectarian groups
Flag placeholder.svg Jundallah
Jaish ul-Adl
Jundallah (Pakistan)
Flag of Jihad.svg Lashkar-e-Jhangvi[2]
Flag of Jihad.svg Sipah-e-Sahaba[2]

2003 2005 Conflict in Tuzla island Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine Flag of Russia.svg Russia
2004 Ongoing War in North-West Pakistan Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan

United States

Taliban-aligned groups

Flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant2.svg Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant[4]

2004 2005 Kondovo Crisis
2004 2007 Central African Republic Bush War Flag of the Central African Republic.svg Central African Republic
Flag of Chad.svg Chad
United Nations MINURCAT
UFDR rebels
APRD rebels
CPJP rebels
FDPC rebels
MLCJ rebels
2004 Ongoing Iran–PJAK conflict
Kurdish separatism in Iran
2004 Ongoing Conflict in the Niger Delta Flag of Nigeria.svg 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 Logo.png Houthis Flag of Yemen.svg Yemen
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Saudi Arabia
Flag of Jordan.svg Jordan
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) Flag of Chad.svg Chad FUC
2005 2008 Mount Elgon insurgency Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya Sabaot Land Defence Force
2006 2011 Fatah–Hamas conflict (Brothers War) Flag of Hamas.svg Hamas[citation needed] Palestinian National Authority Fatah
2006 2006 2006 Lebanon War
2006 2007 Sectarian violence in Iraq (2006–07)
Part of the Iraq War
2006 Ongoing Mexican Drug War Flag of Mexico.svg Government

United States

  • Flag of the United States Marshals Service.svg Federal Marshals

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:

Flag of Ethiopia.svg Ethiopia
Somalia Transitional Federal Government
Flag of Puntland.svg Puntland
Somalia Galmudug
Somalia pro-Ethiopian warlords
United States
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

  • Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
  • Flag of Burundi.svg Burundi
  • Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya

Insurgency phase:
Flag of the Islamic Courts Union.svg Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia
23x15px al-Shabaab
Flag of Jihad.svg Ras Kamboni Brigades
Flag of Jihad.svg Jabhatul Islamiya
Flag of Jihad.svg Muaskar Anole
Flag of Eritrea.svg Eritrea (alleged)

Invasion phase:

Flag of the Islamic Courts Union.svg Islamic Courts Union
Insurgency phase:
Flag of Ethiopia.svg Ethiopia
Somalia Transitional Federal Government
Somalia pro-Ethiopian warlords

2007 Ongoing Operation Enduring Freedom – Trans Sahara Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria
Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco
Mauritania Mauritania
Tunisia Tunisia
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
Flag of Chad.svg Chad
Flag of Mali.svg Mali
Flag of Niger.svg Niger
Nigeria Nigeria
Flag of Senegal.svg Senegal
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]
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom[11][12]
Flag of Jihad al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
Flag of Jihad Ansar Dine
Supported By:
Flag of Jihad Boko Haram
Flag of Jihad MOJWA
2007 2009 Tuareg rebellion (2007–09)

part of the Tuareg rebellion

Flag of Niger.svg Niger
Flag of Mali.svg Mali
Niger Movement for Justice

23 May ADC Group

2007 2015 War in Ingushetia Russia Russian Federation

Ingushetia Ingush government

Flag of Caucasian Emirate Caucasus Emirate (Vilayat Galgaycho)

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

2008 2008 2008 invasion of Anjouan Flag of the Comoros.svg Comoros

African Union:

  • Flag of Sudan.svg Sudan
  • Flag of Tanzania.svg Tanzania
  • Flag of Senegal.svg Senegal
  • Flag of Libya (1977–2011).svg Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Flag of France.svg France[13]

Flag of Anjouan.svg Anjouan
2008 2008 2008 Kufra conflict Flag of Libya (1977–2011).svg Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Flag of the Toubou Front for the Salvation of Libya Toubou Front for the Salvation of Libya
2008 2012 Cambodian–Thai border dispute Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand Flag of Cambodia.svg Cambodia
2008 2008 Djiboutian–Eritrean border conflict Flag of Djibouti.svg Djibouti Flag of Eritrea.svg Eritrea
2008 2008 Russo-Georgian war Flag of Russia.svg Russia
Flag of South Ossetia.svg South Ossetia
Flag of the Republic of Abkhazia.svg Abkhazia
Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia
2008 2009 Gaza War Flag of Israel.svg Israel[14][15][16] Flag of Hamas.svg Hamas
2009 Ongoing Sudanese nomadic conflicts
2009 Ongoing Insurgency in the North Caucasus Flag of Russia.svg Russia Flag of the Caucasian Emirate.svg Caucasus Emirate
2009 Ongoing Boko Haram insurgency Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria
Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon
Flag of Chad.svg Chad
Flag of Niger.svg Niger
Multinational Joint Task Force (Niger, Nigeria and Chad)
Vigilante groups[17]
Supported by:
Flag of the United States.svg United States[19]
Flag of Benin.svg Benin[20]
African Union (announced)[21][22]
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom[23][24]
Flag of France.svg France[23]
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China[23]
Flag of Canada.svg Canada[25]
Flag of Iran.svg Iran[26]
Flag of Israel.svg Israel[27]
Flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant2.svg Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant[28]

Flag of Ansaru.svg Ansaru[29][30]

2009 2009 2009 Peruvian political crisis Flag of Peru.svg Peru AIDESEP
2009 2009 2009 Boko Haram uprising
Boko Haram insurgency
Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria Flag of Jihad.svg Boko Haram
2009 Ongoing South Yemen insurgency Flag of Yemen.svg 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
Flag of Somalia.svg Federal Republic of Somalia:

Foreign Involvement
Flag of the Organization of African Unity (1970-2002).jpgAMISOM Advisors/Non-combat support:
United States[32]
Flag of Europe.svg European Union[33]
Flag of NATO.svg NATO[citation needed]
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom[citation needed]
Flag of France.svg France[citation needed]

Flag of Jihad.svg Al-Qaeda

Flag of the Islamic Courts Union.svg Hizbul Islam (2009-2010)

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

Kyrgyzstani Uzbeks

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

Second Ivorian Civil War

Ivory Coast New Forces
Ivory Coast RDR
United Nations UNOCI
Flag of France.svg France
Ivory Coast Military of Côte d'Ivoire
Liberian mercenaries
Young Patriots of Abidjan
Ivorian Popular Front

See alsoEdit


  1. "War - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary". Retrieved 2014-12-02. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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. 3.0 3.1 "Uzbek militants in Afghanistan pledge allegiance to ISIS in beheading video". Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "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. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 "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. 23.0 23.1 23.2 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". 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]

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