Mapping Militants


Mapping Militants

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The Mapping Militants Project identifies patterns in the evolution of militant organizations in specified conflict theatres and provides representations of changing relationships among groups. Relationships are traced in interactive timeline-diagrams or “maps,” which provide visual representations of how inter-group relationships such as rivalries and alliances change over time. The maps are linked to group profiles, which compile open-source news and data on militant organizations to provide a comprehensive, fully cited report on each group. Click on the name of a map on the list below to display a list of profiles associated with that map.  Click on the name of the profile for the full report.  Scroll down further to the Maps section to link to the interactive visual “maps” or diagrams of inter-group relationships. 

For more information about the project or to contact us, see our About page.  Comments are most welcome. 


View an alphabetical list of all militant organization profiles included in the Mapping Militants Project.


View all "maps" created by the Mapping Militants Project.

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For an alphabetical list of all MMP profiles see our Profiles page. For information on the content of the profiles see our About page. Each profile follows the same standard format and provides citations to sources for all references. Many profiles also contain a link to a downloadable PDF version of the profile.
  • Aleppo
  • Colombia
  • Global Al Qaeda
  • Global Islamic State
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • North Africa
  • North Caucasus
  • Northern Ireland
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syria


Ahrar al-Sham2011Active
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (Formerly Jabhat al-Nusra)2011Active
Kata'ib Hezbollah2007Active
Liwa al-Tawhid20122014
The Islamic State2002Active


Northern Ireland

Official Irish Republican Army19692010



Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama1991Active
Al Ittihad Al Islamiya19841997
Al Qaeda1988Active
Al Shabaab2006Active
Hizbul Islam20092013
Islamic Courts Union20002007
Ras Kamboni Brigade20082010
Ras Kamboni Movement2010Active



The MMP research project presents interactive diagrams that “map” relationships among groups and show how these interactions change over time. At present, there are maps of conflicts in Syria (including a map of the Aleppo theatre), Iraq, North Africa/Sahel, Italy, North Caucasus, Philippines, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. In addition, a Global Islamic State map and Global Al Qaeda map chart their expanding international networks. For more information see our About page.

Map images created using ggmap. D. Kahle and H. Wickham. ggmap: Spatial Visualization with ggplot2. The R Journal, 5(1), 144-161.