Sporadic fighting has continued between various groups on several fronts in Syria, despite no lasting changes to territorial control.
“Islamic State” & Affiliates
Somalia’s pro-federal alliance has captured several major towns from Al Shabaab, in its biggest gains against the group in almost a decade.
The so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS/ISIL) has continued a bloody insurgency in Syria’s central desert, while fighting between Kurdish- and Turkish-led forces has carried on sporadically, amid other intermittent conflicts.
After being driven from the key northeastern towns of Palma and Mocímboa da Praia by Rwandan-led forces, Mozambique’s insurgents have dispersed westward as far as Meluco and Mueda districts, as well as the neighboring province of Niassa.
Revised and refined map of territorial control across Somalia, showing the situation as things stand amid the country’s ongoing federal elections crisis, plus the extent of the recent ASWJ resurgence.
The so-called “Islamic State” (formerly ISIS) says insurgents in Mozambique are part of its “Central Africa Province”. But is the Cabo Delgado rebellion really the long arm of “ISIS”, or is it all talk?
A year after insurgents in Cabo Delgado province burst into international headlines, there still doesn’t seem to be much agreement on what the group’s name is.
A joint Rwandan-Mozambican offensive has finally driven Cabo Delgado’s insurgents from their largest controlled town, as well as many other strategic locations, but they remain a major fighting force.
Mozambique’s purportedly “Islamic State” affiliated insurgents have maintained their limited control over the past several months, but the tables may be turning with the arrival of pro-government reinforcements from Rwanda.
Libya’s civil war may be over after a peace deal and the formation of a unity government, but the lines of control between former military rivals remain in place for now.