4 Recent Major Conflicts That You Have (Probably) Never Heard Of
4 Recent Major Conflicts That You Have (Probably) Never Heard Of

4 Recent Major Conflicts That You Have (Probably) Never Heard Of

Brian - September 23, 2016

4 Recent Major Conflicts That You Have (Probably) Never Heard Of

3. Yemen Civil War

Okay, you’ve probably heard of the Yemen Civil War. It’s mentioned reasonably often by the world media, usually in passing. What you may not realize is that at least 10,000 people have already died, and that the country has essentially collapsed into a failed state.

Right now, most global attention is focused on the Syrian civil war. Hundreds of thousands have died in Syria, Meanwhile, Russia and the United States, among others, are heavily evolved. Regardless, the situation continues to deteriorate in Yemen, but the world media isn’t paying much attention.

The conflict in Yemen boils down to the centuries old conflict between Sunni and Shia muslims. President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has controlled Yemen since February of 2012, is a Sunni Muslim. The Yemeni government itself is largely comprised of Sunni Muslims, and has been propped up by the Sunni government in Saudi Arabia.

The Rebels, on the other hand, are primarily comprised of Shia Muslims. The so-called Houthis, these Shia Muslims have been fighting against the Sunni-led governments since 2004, and now control huge swaths of western Yemen, the most densely populated area of the country.

Many believe that the Houthis are being supported by Iran, which is predominately Shia. Iran and Saudi Arabia have long fought proxy wars and battles across the Middle East, primarily along the Shia-Sunni divide. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has already put boots on the ground, and has launched a constant barrage of air strikes.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) also controls large, usually sparsely population regions, primarily in eastern Yemen. This branch of Al-Queda is viewed by many security experts as the most capable and well-equipped branch of Al-Queda. Fighters aligned with the Islamic State are also involved.

The situation in Yemen has only continued to worsen, with a humanitarian disaster now brewing. Reports of starvation, a lack of excess to health care, air raids hitting civilian targets, and other serious issues are rampant.

4 Recent Major Conflicts That You Have (Probably) Never Heard Of

4. Central African Republic Civil War

The days of genocide in Africa are over, right? Wrong. Thousands have been killed in the Central African Republic, with most now being targeted for their religion. While the conflict is on-going, the roots were planted back in 2004.

From 2004 to 2007, the CAR Bush War raged. The rebels were trying to overthrow General Bozize, who had seized control of the CAR government in 2003, disposing of the democratically elected (but unpopular) President Patasse. In April of 2007, the government signed a peace deal with the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity, ending the conflict.

In 2012, the government was trying to negotiate with the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP), another rebel group that was active during the Bush war. The talks collapsed, however, and one major faction of the CPJP broke off, continuing the conflict.

The situation continued to deteriorate, and religious tensions heightened. Members of the CPJP, as well as other rebel groups, began to operate under a new banner, Seleka. The group consists almost exclusively of Muslims, who make up roughly 15 to 20% of the population. In March of 2013, they managed to overthrow the government, and install Michel Djotodia as the country’s first Muslim leader.

The Seleka fighters, however, did not lay down their arms and continued to attack villages and burn homes across the country side. Djotodia tried to disband the Muslim militants, but they refused to lay down arms.

In response to the rampaging Muslim militias, Christian militias took up arms and began launching attacks. These Christian militias are far from freedom fighters and have been accused of targeting Muslim women and children. In response, Seleka forces have increasingly targeted Christian civilians.

Now, French troops, UN peace keepers, Chad special forces, and numerous other troops have become involved. France sent troops to stabilize the country, UN Peak keepers are trying to prevent atrocities, and Chad was forced to evacuate Muslims from the capital of Bangui. African Union and other forces are also involved.

As many as 420,000 refugees have fled the country, while some 370,000 has been displaced internally. Now, Muslim communities in CAR are at risk of literally being erased, and Christian militias have been accused of ethnic cleansing.