25 Longest Standing Military Conflicts That Are Still Going On

Military conflicts and wars cause a certain level of unrest in countries. It’s a depressing fact that these conflicts do not only exist between and among countries fighting for power or settling disputes, but also among citizens who struggle to resolve their differences. Because of this, it is not only the economic or political stability of a country that is thrown off but also the culture and safety of its sometimes-oblivious civilians. Here are the 25 longest standing military conflicts that are still going on.

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Xinjiang Conflict

Xinjiang Civil Conflict

The Xinjiang conflict is an ongoing separatist struggle in the northwestern part of today’s China. Some of the indigenous Uighur people claim that the region, which they view as their fatherland and refer to as East Turkestan, is not part of China, but was invaded by China in 1949 and is since under Chinese occupation. China claims that the region has been part of China since ancient times, and nowadays calls it Xinjiang or “New Territory”. The separatism effort is led by ethnically Uighur Muslim underground organizations, most notably the East Turkestan independence movement, against the Chinese government.


Naxalite–Maoist insurgency

Naxalite - Maoist Conflict

This violent conflict between the Maoist people known as Naxalites and the Indian government has been going on since 1967.The Naxalite–Maoist insurgency gained international media attention after the 2013 Naxal attack in Darbha valley resulted in the deaths of around 24 Indian National Congress leaders.


Islamic Insurgency in the Philippines

Islamic Insurgency in the Philippines

Political tensions and hostilities between the Philippine government and Jihadist rebel groups began in the middle of the 20th century. To date, violence continues as rebel parties call for an Islamic state within the Philippines.


Philippine Communist Insurgency

Philippine Communist Insurgency

Islamic militants aren’t the only issue in the Philippines. Some of its most prominent rebels are under the Communist Party. Until now, the government continues to red-tag possible communists, arousing violence from the rebels. Attacks have been launched from both parties with thin hopes of peace negotiations.


War in North West Pakistan

War in North West Pakistan

Started in 2004, the armed conflict ensued between Pakistani/American forces and armed militant groups such as the Al-Qaeda. The conflict has led to almost 50,000 deaths in its 9 years.

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