02 May, 2016

Yemen Control Map & Report: May 2016 (Subscription)

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Map of territorial control in Yemen as of May 1, 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 locations of fighting, such as Taiz, Aden, Houta, Mukalla, and more.
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Timeline by Djordje Djukic. Map by Louis Martin-V├ęzian, Evan Centanni, and Djordje Djukic

In the months since our previous Yemen control map report, Al Qaeda has lost some of its most important territory in Yemen, including a major city it's held for the past year. Fighting has also continued between the Hadi government and the Houthi alliance, despite attempts at a ceasefire. 


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Map of territorial control in Yemen as of May 1, 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 locations of fighting, such as Taiz, Aden, Houta, Mukalla, and more.
  • Up-to-date map of current territorial control in Yemen, color-coded for the pro-Hadi coalition, Houthi/Saleh forces, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL).
  • Color scheme recently 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 recent areas of fighting, including Taiz, Mukalla, Harib, Ghayl Ba Wazir, and more
  • Timeline of changes to the situation since February 19, 2016, with links to sources

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26 April, 2016

What Ever Happened with New Zealand's Flag Referendum?

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The proposed new flag: "Silver Fern (Black, White, and Blue)" by Kyle Lockwood (CC BY 3.0 nz)
Referendum Complete
PolGeoNow readers might remember that New Zealand's vote on whether to change its national flag was scheduled to continue until late March 24. So how did it turn out?

Preliminary results were released on March 24, with detailed final results coming out six days later. The answer: New Zealanders voted "NO" on changing their country's flag to the proposed "Silver Fern" design, by a margin of 57% to 43%.

Visual comparison of the very similar current flags of Australia and New Zealand
Current flags of New Zealand (top) and Australia (bottom)
The result is that New Zealand will keep the same flag it's been using since 1902. Even though this design is confusingly similar to the Australian flag, and even though many New Zealanders liked the idea of a flag change, the government didn't suggest any designs that were popular enough to get a majority of voters behind them.

If you're curious how each part of New Zealand voted, you can see a color-coded summary and map of the results on Wikipedia. Be be aware that the blue just represents regions that voted just over 50% in favor of changing the flag: No area had more than 52% of voters supporting the Silver Fern, and some of the red-coded areas also had almost 50% support for the change.

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14 April, 2016

Iraq Control Map & Report: April 2016 (Subscription)

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Research by Djordje Djukic. Map by onestopmap.com, Evan Centanni, and Djordje Djukic

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Detailed map of territorial control in Iraq's ongoing war as of April 14, 2016, including territory held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL), the Baghdad government, and the Kurdistan Peshmerga. Includes recent flashpoints including Ramadi, Hit, Bashir, and more. New: Improved map now includes terrain and major roads!

The past four months have seen two significant victories for Iraqi government forces over the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL), despite floundering attempts to retake the city of Mosul.
 
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Detailed map of territorial control in Iraq's ongoing war as of April 14, 2016, including territory held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL), the Baghdad government, and the Kurdistan Peshmerga. Includes recent flashpoints including Ramadi, Hit, Bashir, and more.
  • New since last time: Terrain shading and major highways included on map for geographic context
  • Up-to-date map of current territorial control in Iraq, color-coded for the Iraqi government, "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL) extremists, and Kurdistan's Peshmerga forces
  • 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 Ramadi, Hit, Bashir, and more
  • Timeline of changes to the situation since December, compiled by our Iraq specialist, with links to sources 
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31 March, 2016

Syrian Civil War Control Map: April 2016

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Map of fighting and territorial control in Syria's Civil War (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Al-Nusra Front, Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others), updated for the beginning of April 2016. Now includes terrain and major roads (highways). Highlights recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, including Palmyra, Qaryatayn, Deir Ez-Zor, and more. (Color blind accessible.)
Base map by Koen Adams of onestopmap.com, with territorial control by Evan Centanni and Djordje Djukic. All rights reserved.
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Timeline by Djordje Djukic

Recapture of Palmyra
Since our previous Syria control map report in early March, the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad has recaptured the historic city of Palmyra (known in modern Arabic as Tadmur) from the so-called "Islamic State" (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL). The military has also pushed back against IS in Qaryatain, one of the group's westernmost outposts, even as IS is showing an increasingly prominent presence in the southwestern corner of Syria near the Golan Heights. Meanwhile, fighting between government and anti-Assad rebel forces has continued, though at a relatively low level, since the implementation of the UN-brokered ceasefire.

18 March, 2016

Libya Control Map & Report: March 2016 (Subscription)

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Libya control map: Shows detailed territorial control in Libya's civil war as of February 2016, 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 (ISIS/ISIL)). Also file under: Map of Islamic State (ISIS) control in Libya. Now includes terrain and major roads. Color blind accessible. Despite hopes that a UN-backed unity deal might bring Libya's two rival governments back together, fighting in continues against the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL) and other religious hardline groups. Though most of the major cities have stayed in the same hands since last summer, there have still been several important changes to territorial control.
 
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Libya control map: Shows detailed territorial control in Libya's civil war as of February 2016, 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 (ISIS/ISIL)). Also file under: Map of Islamic State (ISIS) control in Libya. Now includes terrain and major roads. Color blind accessible.
  • Up-to-date map of current territorial control in Libya, color-coded for the internationally-recognized Tobruk government (supported by General Haftar's Operation Dignity), the rival Tripoli-based GNC government (supported by the Libya Dawn militias), "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL) extremists, and other religious hardline groups. 
  • Detailed indication of city-by-city control, highlighting key towns and other locations important to current events.
  • Locations of recent fighting and military operations, including Benghazi, Ajdabiya, Janzur, Bin Jawad, and more.
  • Detailed timeline of important events and changes to territorial control since August 21, 2015, with all sources cited.
  • New in this edition: Major roads are marked on the map for reference

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