Here is a list of armed conflicts in 2014 that I got from Wikipedia with 1000+ casualties per year. I was looking for this earlier today in order to
see how many different conflict zones are east vs. west ones or proxy wars.
Wikipedia: List of Ongoing Armed Conflicts
I did some research into those armed conflicts on the Wikipedia links provided.
involves the U.S. fighting the Taliban, who are an Islamic extremist group based there.
Wikipedia: War in Afghanistan
The Syrian Civil War
involves insurgents fighting the Regime of Assad - and Assad is more supportive of Christianity than the rebel militants,
who consist of various different factions, including ones affiliated with the Taliban, that the U.S. allies itself with. Russia is allied with
Wikipedia: Syrian Civil War
The Egyptian Crisis
erupted in 2011 with the Arab Spring, which was a movement supported by the Muslim Brotherhood, at least in Egypt. Mohammad
Morsi was one of their members who became President in 2012, after the military, supported by the people, briefly held power. In 2013, over 2 million
protesters protesting Morsi resulted in his being ousted by the military.
Wikipedia: Egyptian Crisis
The war in Pakistan
erupted in 2004, when the country of Pakistan was put under pressure to oust Taliban fighters hiding in its mountains. This
resulted in armed conflict that still goes on to this day.
Wikipedia: War in North-West Pakistan
As for Iraq, violence has risen after the U.S. withdrew its troops and peacekeeping forces in 2011.
Wikipedia: Iraqi Insurgency
Since the U.S. military's withdrawal, the level of violence has risen, as Sunni militant groups have stepped up attacks targeting the
country's majority Shia population to undermine confidence in the Shia-led government and its efforts to protect people without American backup.
Armed groups inside Iraq have been increasingly galvanized [excited] by the Syrian Civil War, with which it merged in 2012.
The 2014 unrest in Ukraine
is the result of pro-Russian militants and others protesting Ukraine's decision to forge closer ties with the E.U.,
which is just coming out of financial difficulties. Demonstrations erupted in Kiev and other cities, with Rebels gaining control of cities and Russia
moving into Crimea at one point. This is the conflict zone where the Malaysian airliner was recently shot down. It is also the most relevant east
vs.west conflict zone as each side is directly supported by either the E.U. (Ukraine government) or Russia (rebels).
Wikipedia: Pro-Russian Unrest in Ukraine
In addition to this is the war on the Gaza Strip
, where Israel is using armed drones among other hardware and either accidentally or
purposefully attacking civilians. In this case, Hamas, an Islamist group, fires rockets from Gaza into Israel and Israel responds with overbearing
military force, even blockading access to Palestineans' food, water and medical supplies at times.Here is the latest from there.
Israel Ready to Widen Gaza Ground Offensive - BBC
He said the military was targeting the Hamas tunnel network, which it could not do "only from the air".
Thousands of troops moved into parts of Gaza on Thursday night, backed by tanks and artillery fire.
Hamas, the Palestinian group that controls Gaza, has said Israel will "pay a high price" for the invasion.