(2001-Present)--The war in Afghnistan began with the
American and allied response to the 9/11 terror attacks
on the United States. The Taliban government was
overthrown, and a new regime installed. The U.S. the
Afghan government, and NATO forces are still trying to
pacify parts of the country where the Taliban and
al-Qaida forces operate.
in Somali Civil War (2006-Present)- The long-standing
Somali Civil War (1988-Present) entered a new phase with
the growth of the Union of Islamic Courts, an Islamic
militant group, gained control of Mogadishu and the
central part of Somali. The UIC is in opposition to the
official, yet weak, government based in Baidoa. In late
2006, Ethiopia sent troops to Baidoa to support the
government against the Islamic forces. In late December,
2006, Ethiopian planes bombed the Mogadishu airport and
ground troops seized control of three towns, including
one on the border.
involved: Ethiopia, Somali Transitional Government,
United States vs. Islamic Militants.
Insurgency in Laos(1975-Present): The Hmong ethnic group have fought
the Communist government since it took power following
the end of the Vietnam (2nd Indochina) War in 1975.
Vietnam provides military aid and troops to the Laotian
involved: Laos, Vietnam vs. Hmong rebels.
War (May 25, 1967-Present): Beginning with a peasant
uprising in the town of Naxalbari, this Marxist/Maoist
rebellion sputters on in the Indian countryside. The
guerrillas operate among the impoverished peasants and
fight both the government security forces and the private
paramilitary groups funded by wealthy landowners. Most
fighting takes place in the states of Andhra Pradesh,
Mahrashtra, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.
involved: India vs. Naxalite Communist
(1952-Present): The Naga ethnic group sought independence
from India. A cease-fire took effect in 1997, though some
Naga groups continue to oppose the government.