Maps

This page contains descriptions of and links to each of the interactive diagrams we have published.

International


Global Al Qaeda

This map displays the links between al Qaeda and its affiliated militant organizations. The map seeks to visually display the complex nature of the relationships between al Qaeda and its affiliates, as well as its rival/opposition organizations.

Global Islamic State

This map traces established relationships between the Islamic State and global militant groups. Currently, the map focuses on direct affiliates of the Islamic State and the parent organizations of these affiliates. It will be updated as relations between the Islamic State and other militant organizations change and develop.

Middle East and Africa


Iraq

This map depicts the evolving relationships between militant organizations in Iraq from the early 1990s through 2015. It includes Kurdish, Sunni, Shiite, and secular organizations and can be adjusted to include groups external to Iraq that have significant links to organizations within the country.

Somalia

This map shows militant organizations that operated in Somalia beginning in the 1980s through the present day.

Syria

This map traces the relationships between some major militant organizations operating in Syria from 2011 through summer 2014. Currently, the map focuses on Islamist organizations. It will be updated to include others as more information becomes available.

Asia


Philippines

This map displays the relationships among Islamic separatist groups and Communist groups, the two main types of militant organizations in the Philippines. The map extends from the 1960s to the present, and it illustrates the durability of the country's major militant groups as well as the tendency for splinter groups to emerge.

Sri Lanka

The following map depicts militant groups fighting for an independent homeland for Tamil Hindus in northeastern Sri Lanka. These groups have been operating since the mid-1960s. By the 1980s, there were at least 35 different Tamil militant groups active in Sri Lanka.

Central Asia


North Caucasus

This map depicts terrorist organizations that operated in the North Caucasus from the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 to the present.

Pakistan

The map of Pakistani militants includes those organizations designated by the United Nations Security Council Committee charged with maintaining the "Al-Qaida Sanctions List of Entities and other groups and undertakings associated with Al-Qaida," pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011). The list was last updated August 2, 2012.

Pakistan -- All

This map shows militant groups operating in and out of Pakistan that fall in four categories: sectarian groups, Kashmir jihad groups, Al-Qaeda linked groups operating out of the tribal areas and Balochi groups.

Europe


Italy

This map diagrams militant organizations that operated in Italy during the 1950s through the 1980s.

Northern Ireland

This map depicts militant groups operating in Northern Ireland starting in the mid-1960s up until 2006.

Latin America


Colombia

The Colombia map shows temporal relations between militant groups operating from the mid 1960s to the present, primarily featuring leftist guerrilla groups and right wing militants.

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