The Mapping Militants Project identifies patterns in the evolution of militant organizations in specified conflict theatres and provides interactive visual representations of these relationships. Relationships are traced in interactive maps, which provide visual representations of how those relationships change over time. The maps are also linked to profiles, which compile open-source news and data on militant organizations to provide a comprehensive, fully cited report on each group. For more information or to contact us, see our About page.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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

North Caucasus

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


This map displays the relationships between the Communist/Socialist revolutionary groups and the Islamic revolutionary groups in the Philippines.


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


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 June 6, 2012.


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The Maps

The project develops a series of interactive diagrams that “map” relationships among groups and show how those relationships change over time. The user can change map settings to display different features (e.g., leadership changes), adjust the time scale, and trace individual groups. At present, the project includes maps of conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Italy, North Caucasus, Philippines, Somalia, and Pakistan. In addition, a Global Islamic State map and Global Al Qaeda map chart the international ties of the associated militant networks.

The Profiles

The maps contain links to group profiles. The profiles include information on group size, formation, ideology, activity, leaders, ties to other groups, resources, community relationships, and more. Each profile follows a standard format and provides citations to sources for all references. In some cases information is minimal and not all fields can be filled.


This project is a work in progress, and we welcome substantive feedback on our research and profiles as well as suggestions for the improvement of our web application. To submit a suggestion or correction, please visit the Feedback Page. You may also email the project team directly at mappingmilitants [at] lists [dot] stanford [dot] edu.