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Major wars (10,000 or more combat related deaths in current or past year)

The 4 conflicts in the following list have caused at least 10,000 direct violent deaths per year in battles between identified groups, in current or past calendar year.[2]

Start of conflict

ConflictContinentLocationCumulative fatalitiesFatalities in 2019

Fatalities in 2020

1978Afghanistan conflict

·         Soviet–Afghan War

·         Afghan Civil War (1989–1992)

·         Afghan Civil War (1992–1996)

·         Afghan Civil War (1996–2001)

·         Current phase

Asia Afghanistan227,510 (2018)[3]–2,000,000 (2014)[4]41,735[5]10,590[5]
2011Yemeni Crisis

·         Yemeni Civil War (2015–present)

·         Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen

·         South Yemen insurgency

·         Saudi Arabian–Yemeni border conflict (2015–present)

·         Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen

Asia Yemen
Saudi Arabia
26,230 (1994–2018)[6]–83,700[7][8]1,927 deaths in battles[6] (20,882 fatalities in total)[a][5]11,413[b][5]
2011Syrian Civil WarAsia Syria362,266[9]586,100[10]10,951[9]–11,244[11]4,714[12][13][14][15][16][17][18]
2006Mexican Drug WarNorth America Mexico41,034 dead in battles 1989–2019[19] (151,000 homicide victims in organized crime 2007–2019)[20]11,813 combat related deaths[19]
(35,588 homicides)[21]
4,913+[22][23][24][25][26][27][28]

 

 

Wars (1,000–9,999 battle related deaths in current or past year)

The 9 conflicts in the following list have caused at least 1,000 and fewer than 10,000 direct violent deaths in current or past calendar year.[2]
Conflicts causing at least 1,000 deaths in one calendar year are considered wars by the Uppsala Conflict Data Program.[29]

Start of conflict

ConflictContinentLocationCumulative fatalitiesFatalities in 2019

Fatalities in 2020

1984Kurdish–Turkish conflict

·         Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present)

Asia Turkey
Iraq
Syria
45,000+[n 1]1,420[34][35]80+[36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49]
1991Somali Civil War

·         Current phase

Africa Somalia
Kenya
500,000[50]2,637[5][c]1,605[51][5]
1999Ituri conflictAfrica Democratic Republic of the Congo60,000+[52]302+[n 2]1,055[56][57][58][59][60][61][62][63][28][64]
2002Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002–present)Africa Algeria
Burkina Faso
Chad
Libya
Mali
Mauritania
Morocco
Niger
Tunisia
16,8734,000+[65]5,175+[n 3][5][28][66]
2003Iraq conflict

·         Iraq War

·         Iraqi insurgency (2011–2013)

·         Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017)

·         Iraqi insurgency (2017–present)

Asia Iraq650,000–2,400,000[67][dubious – discuss]2,362<[citation needed]1,566[68]
2004Kivu conflictAfrica Democratic Republic of the Congo11,873+1,362[69][70][71][72][28]
2009Boko Haram insurgencyAfrica Nigeria
Cameroon
Niger
Chad
51,567+[73][74]300+[n 4]2,703[n 5][28]
2011Ethnic violence in South Sudan

·         South Sudanese Civil War

Africa South Sudan383,000–400,000[88][89]5192,240[90][91][92][93][94][28]
2014Libyan Crisis

·         Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

Africa Libya29,859–42,253[n 6]2,200+[99][100][101]1,346[5][102][103][104][105][106][107][108][109][110]

Notes

  1. ^16,050 in Yemen, 4,832 in Saudi Arabia
  2. ^11,362 in Yemen, 51 in Saudi Arabia
  3. ^2,604 in Somalia and 33 in Kenya
  4. ^45,000-100,000 in Jammu and Kashmir.[n 7]
  5. ^283 in India, 5+ in Pakistan
  6. ^221 in India, 5 in Pakistan

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