31 January, 2016

Yemen's Civil War Control Map: January 2016 (Subscription)

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Map of territorial control in Yemen as of January 31, 2016, including territory held by the Houthi rebels and former president Saleh's forces, president-in-exile Hadi and his allies in the Saudi-led coalition and Southern Movement, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and the so-called Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). Includes recent areas of fighting, such as Aden, the Bab al-Mandeb Strait, Dhubab, Hanish Island, Harad, Maydee, Mukallah, and more.
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Timeline by Djordje Djukic, with additional reporting by Evan Centanni; map by Louis Martin-V├ęzian and Evan Centanni

In the two months since our previous Yemen control map update, the Saudi-led coalition supporting President Hadi has opened new fronts against both the rival Houthis and Al Qaeda, using its naval forces to capture islands and seaports along Yemen's coast while also advancing across the border from Saudi Arabia for the first time. 

Meanwhile, the so-called "Islamic State" organization (formerly ISIS/ISIL), based in Iraq and Syria, has for the first time been alleged to control territory in Yemen.

See all this and more on the newest update to PolGeoNow's Yemen territorial control map, which includes a timeline of changes and important events since our previous Yemen map report in November.

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  • Color scheme newly updated for consistency with Syria, Iraq, and Libya map series
  • Detailed indication of town-by-town control, including provincial boundaries, all major cities, and many smaller ones
  • Markers for key areas of recent fighting such as Aden, the Bab al-Mandeb Strait, Dhubab, Hanish Island, Harad, Maydee, Mukallah, and more
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19 January, 2016

2015: The Year in Political Geography Changes

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Libya control relief map: Shows detailed territorial control in Libya's civil war as of August 2015, including all major parties (Tobruk government, General Haftar's Operation Dignity forces, and Zintan militias; Tripoli GNC government, Libya Dawn, and Libya Shield Force; Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries and other hardline Islamist groups; and the so-called Islamic State). Also file under: Map of Islamic State (ISIS) control in Libya.
Rival government and "Islamic State" (ISIS) control in Libya, August 2015 (click for free full-size map and article)

Inside this Review of 2015:

  • New countries, breakaway states, and micronations
  • Country name, capital, and flag changes
  • Border changes and disputed territories
  • Countries joining international organizations
  • Recognition of disputed countries
  • Rebel control in conflict zones
  • Sea borders and seabed claims
  • New states and provinces
  • Currency changes
  • World time zone changes
    It's PolGeoNow's mission to track changes to the world's countries, borders, and territories, whether it's happening formally on the books or unofficially on the ground. When new countries appear, borders change, and territorial disputes arise or are settled, you'll hear about it here. With 2015 now concluded, here's our look back at the events of the year!

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    10 January, 2016

    How Many Countries Are There in the World in 2016?

    This article, originally from 2011, has been revised and updated to January 2016. (Latest update: South Sudan is now an Olympic Nation.)

    How many countries in the world?
    A world political map published by the U.S. government (public domain)
    One of the most basic questions for map-lovers is, "How many countries are there in the world?" But anyone who replies with a simple number is leaving out part of the story. The fact is, the answer depends heavily on how you define "country".

    Here are six of the most common answers, each correct in its own way:

    24 December, 2015

    War in Iraq: Map of "Islamic State" Control in December 2015 (Subscription)

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    Detailed map of territorial control in Iraq as of December 23, 2015, including territory held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL), the Baghdad government, and the Kurdistan Peshmerga. Includes recent flashpoints including Ramadi, Baiji, Sinjar, and the Kirkuk-Daquq area.
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    Research and timeline by Djordje Djukic; map and additional reporting by Evan Centanni

    Though Iraq's current war has been proceeding at a less-intense pace than Syria's, there have been several important changes to territorial control in the past half a year, all involving the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) losing ground to the Iraqi government and Kurdistan's Peshmerga force.

    See all this and more on the newest update to PolGeoNow's concise, professional-quality Iraq control map, which includes a timeline of changes since our previous Iraq map report in July.

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    • Markers for key areas of recent fighting such as Ramadi, Baiji, Sinjar, and more
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    10 December, 2015

    Map: Kazakhstan Joins WTO

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    Map of World Trade Organization (WTO) member and observer countries, updated for December 2015 to include new member Kazakhstan
    Member and observer states of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Map by Evan Centanni, starting from public domain blank map (license: CC BY-NC-SA).