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The wars and conflicts of 2006 are featured on this page in alphabetical order. This is an outgrowth of the popular New and Recent Conflicts page. This shows only active wars and conflicts waged during 2006. Each entry shows the name(s) of the conflict, the year it began, the participants in the war, and any pertinent details. Included are links to pertinent History Guy pages and external links.

More conflicts will be added as new conflicts occur

Afghanistan War (also known as: "Operation Enduring Freedom,") (2001-Present) --United States, Afghan government vs. Taliban and al-Qaida. As of 01-07-04, the guerilla war in Afghanistan is heating up again, due in part to the emphasis American military is now putting on Iraq, and to the Taliban now apparently having regrouped itself after being ousted from power in 2001/2002.

al-Qaida War (also known as: "Operation Enduring Freedom," "Global War on Terror ") (at least 1998-Present) --United States vs. al-Qaida network of Osama bin Laden. The American public first became aware of al-Qaida in August of 1998, when the terrorist group blew up two U.S. Embassies in Africa. The U.S. soon responded with Tomahawk Cruise Missile attacks on an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical weapons factory in Sudan. The factory turned out to not be related to any terrorist group.

Below are details from the 21st Century:

Terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon (September 11, 2001)--Terrorists, belonging to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida organization, hijacked four United States commercial passenger planes and flew them into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania.

Baluchistan War (2003-Present) --Pakistan Government vs. Baluch rebels. This is the latest in a series of rebellions by the Baluch ethnic group in the region of Pakistan known as Baluchistan. The Pakistani government is fighting this war concurrently with the War in Waziristan (See below). See also: War and Conflict Journal: Baluchistan War

Chad Rebellion (2005-Present) --Chadian rebels and Sudanese-backed mercenaries attacked the Chadian capital in an attempt to overthrow President Derby. With the aid of French military intelligence, the rebels were beaten back. The battle cost at least 350 lives. Most of the Chad countryside is in rebel hands. This is related to the ongoing Darfur War (see below)

Chechen War (also known as: the Second Chechen War) (1999-Present) --Russian Government vs. Chechen irregulars/insurgents. After the initial Russian invasion of semi-independent Chechnya in 1999, the conflict settled down to a classic guerilla war pitting the Russian military and security forces against both urban and rural-based guerilla fighters. Over the past several years, the Chechens have taken the war to Russia's heartland with several deadly terrorist attacks against Russian civilian targets, the most famous such attack being the seizure of a Moscow movie theater, which resulted in hundreds of casualties.

Colombian Civil War (1964-Present) --Colombian Government (with increasing aid from the United States vs. Marxist rebels and various narcotics cartels.

Cote de Ivorie (Ivory Coast) Civil War (2002-Present) --Ivory Coast Government vs. (mostly) Muslim rebels. France has several thousand "peacekeeping" troops in the nation, but France clearly favors the government. As of 01-07-04, it appears that the government forces are attempting to dislodge a long-term cease-fire that has held for several months.

Second Congo War (1998-Present) involved nine nations and led to ongoing low-level warfare despite an official peace

--The Ituri Conflict, an ongoing subconflict of the Second Congo War


Darfur War (Feb. 2003-Present) --The Sudanese region of Darfur is in rebellion against the Sudanese government. In response to the rebellion, the government is sponsoring the Arab "Janjaweed" militias, who are conducting a campaign of genocide on the civilian population of Darfur, as well as launching attacks on refugees in neighboring Chad. This is related to the recent Chad Rebellion (see above)

Israel-Lebanon/Hezbollah War (2006)--Details and analysis on the warfare along the Lebanese border which began in July, 2006!

Iraq War (also known as: "Operation Iraqi Freedom," "Operation Telic", Gulf War II, The Third Persian Gulf War) (2003-Present) --"The Coalition of the Willing" (United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Poland, Thailand, Bulgaria) vs. Iraqi irregular forces/insurgents, Al-Qaida in Iraq (Zarqawi's group), and various Shiite and Sunni militias--By far the most visible, most controversial, and most significant conflict on earth at the moment. President Bush considers this a vital part of the overall Global War on Terror, while many, including significant numbers of Americans, do not agree that this is a legitimate part of the the anti-terror campaign. Regardless of its inclusion or not in the Global War on Terror, the war in Iraq continues, despite the Dec. 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein.

Gulf War II--History Guy page under construction

Wars of Iraq--History Guy page

Iraq Coalition Casualties

2003 Iraq war timeline - Wikipedia Specials

Operation Telic Details of British Casualties

DefendAmerica News - Facing the Iraqi Threat

Israel-Palestinian War (also known as: al-Aqsa Intifada, 2nd Intifada) (2001-Present) --Israel vs. Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian militias and guerilla groups. While overall violence has subsided, Palestinian suicide attacks still occur. as do Israeli strikes at Palestinian targets. Both types of actions often initiates a new cycle of attacks. Since the death of Yasser Arafat and the successful Palestinian elections, the prospect of a lasting peace are somewhat improved.

Nepal Civil War (1996-Present) --Nepal Government vs. Marxist rebels. The rebels seek to destroy the Royal Monarchy and replace it with a Marxist/Maoist system. Attacks continue as both sides seek to gain an advantage over the other.

Solomon Islands Unrest (2006) Solomon Islands Government, Australia, New Zealand vs. rioters --Following the election of a new Prime Minister, severe rioting broke out which drove many islanders of Chinese descent out of the Solomons. Australia and New Zealand sent troops to restore order. The riots began on April 18.

Thai Muslim Rebellion (2003 – Present) Thailand vs. Muslim Separatists --Thailand's Muslim population, located in the south near the border with Malaysia, rebelled in 2003. A similar campaign of violence hit the south in the 1970s and 1980s.

Waziristan War (2003 – Present) Pakistan vs. Taliban/al-Qaida Insurgents--Muslim extremists allied with the Afghan Taliban and the al-Qaida terrorist network battle Pakistani troops in the mountainous Waziri region of northwest Pakistan.

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