23 March, 2015

Map of Boko Haram Control in Nigeria: March 2015 (Subscription)

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Detailed map of Boko Haram's territorial control in its war with Nigeria, marking and labeling each town reportedly under the group's control in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states. Includes illustration of multinational campaign against the group by Nigeria, Chad, and Niger.

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Research by T.H., with additional reporting by Evan Centanni

Boko Haram has now allegedly teamed up with the Islamic State, but the Nigerian rebel group has recently lost most of its territory to a multi-pronged military campaign involving Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon.

This map report illustrates the offensive against Boko Haram and the rebel group's remaining territorial holdings, and includes a summary and timeline of events since our previous Boko Haram map report in January.

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  • Map of Boko Haram's overall area of control in Nigeria, updated to March 22, 2015.
  • Detailed map showing almost every individual town currently or previously held by Boko Haram, as well as the overall extent of rebel territorial control.
  • Illustrations of the five major military campaigns that have driven Boko Haram back over the past two months, as well as key locations in neighboring countries.
  • Summary and detailed timeline of territorial changes and major events since late January, with links to sources.

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18 March, 2015

Ukraine War Rebel Control Map: March 2015 (Subscription)

Detailed map of pro-Russian rebel control in Ukraine's eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk, claimed by the breakaway Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic. Updated for March 2015, with February ceasefire lines and buffer zones shown. Includes detailed timeline of events since December.

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Timeline by Djordje Djukic, with map and additional reporting by Evan Centanni

Fighting in Ukraine has come nearly to a halt with the implementation of February's ceasefire.  

This brand new, redesigned map is more accurate and detailed than maps in the news media, showing rebel control as it currently stands alongside the location of important ceasefire lines and buffer zones according to our own careful research.

Included in the report is a detailed accounting of events since our previous Ukraine update in December, compiled by our Ukraine specialist.

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  • All new, updated map of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, showing actual lines of control
  • Map of February 15 ceasefire lines and buffer zones, depicted more accurately and precisely than in major news media sources
  • Improved depiction of regional cities and towns, showing past and current rebel control with larger dots for larger population sizes.
  • Timeline of events since December, plus summary of major trends

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28 February, 2015

How Many Countries Are There in the World in 2014?

This article, originally from 2011, has been revised and updated for 2015.

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 assuredly with a simple number is leaving out part of the story. The fact is, the answer depends strongly on how you define "country".

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

25 February, 2015

War in Iraq: Map of Control in February 2015 (Subscription)

Detailed map of control in Iraq in late February 2015, including territory held by the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL), the Baghdad government, and the Kurdistan Peshmerga. Includes recent flashpoints including Sinjar, Al Asad Airbase, Mosul, and Barwanah

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Timeline by Djordje Djukic; map and additional reporting by Evan Centanni

The Islamic State has been losing ground in Iraq due to the intervention of two rival air powers: the U.S. and Arab coalition in the west, and an Iranian effort in the east. However, the extremist group has made gains near a major base housing U.S. troops.

See all that and more on this major update to our map of territorial control in Iraq, the first since October. The map and report detail various changes to the control situation on the ground, and also contain updates to the provinces and cities of the Kurdistan region.

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  • Up-to-date map of current territorial control in Iraq, color-coded for the Iraqi government, ISIS/Islamic State extremists, and Kurdish 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 Sinjar, Mosul, Al Asad Airbase, the site of the Barwanah massacre, and more
  • Timeline of changes to the situation since October, compiled by our Iraq specialist, with links to sources

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12 February, 2015

Map: ALBA Has 2 New Member Countries

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Map of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA), showing full member countries, including new members Grenada and Saint Kitts and Nevis, as well as special guest members (colorblind accessible).
The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). Map by Evan Centanni.