World’s Most Deadly Conflicts Today

For a long time, it seemed that we have entered the most peaceful period in human history and that it could stay that way. However, in recent years we are witnessing the sharp uptick in war worldwide. Besides growing tensions between nuclear forces, deadly civil wars, territorial and ethnic conflicts are getting worse, especially in Africa and the Middle East. The deterioration of global security has also lead to the rise of terrorism and triggered the greatest refugee crisis ever recorded. To the large extent, this has caused nationalist forces to gain strength in Europe and the potential unraveling of the EU after Brexit will only destabilize the world even more.
Territory disputes and regional rivalries connected with political influence and the global relations of power are a huge factor in the current global crisis. Russia and US, Iran and Saudi Arabia are leading proxy wars for influence in the Middle East. These have had devastating consequences in today’s deadliest wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and beyond.
Here is the list of 5 most devastating armed conflicts in 2017:
1. Syria & Iraq: After nearly six years of fighting, an estimated 500,000 people were killed, and some 12 million uprooted. Although the Islamic State has lost significant territory over the past year, it still controls large parts of Iraq and Syria and spreads ideology that is mobilizing young people across the globe, posing threats well beyond the borders of Iraq and Syria.
2. Afghanistan: more than 15 years after U.S.-led coalition forces ousted the Taliban from power as part of a broader campaign to defeat al Qaeda, the Taliban are gaining ground again and the Islamic State has claimed a series of attacks targeting Shiite Muslims. The number of armed clashes last year reached the highest level since 2007 and the war has claimed 16 000 lives in 2016.
3. Yemen: The war in Yemen has created another humanitarian catastrophe, with millions of people now on the brink of famine and approximately 4,000 civilians killed, the majority in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.
4. Somalia: Targeted attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, particularly by the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, with suicide bombings and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), continue to have a devastating impact. Over 1 million Somalis remain internally displaced, facing serious abuses and very limited access to basic services. More than 50,000 civilians were killed, injured or displaced as a result of the armed conflict and generalized violence.
5. Mexico: the drugs-fueled battles between and with criminal cartels in Mexico was the second most lethal war overall last year, with 23,000 deaths. Security forces have been implicated in repeated, serious human rights violations—including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and torture—during efforts to combat organized crime.