One Year of the Islamic State Caliphate, Mapped

One year after establishing a caliphate, the terrorist group has carried out more than 3,000 attacks.

GettyImages-455266576crop
GettyImages-455266576crop

A year ago, the Islamic State militant group declared a caliphate spreading from Iraq and Syria. Since then, the group has consolidated control over its territory in Iraq and Syria while also establishing itself as the world's premier Islamist terrorist group. It has won the allegiance of jihadi fighters around the world and led to the establishment of Islamic State affiliates in several countries across the Middle East and North Africa.

According to a recent analysis carried out by IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center, the Islamic State has carried out 3,097 attacks in the last year. The map below shows those attacks and uses black borders to delineate the provinces claimed by the Islamic State. Nigeria is excluded, as territory under the control of the militant group Boko Haram has not been formally proclaimed a province, or wilayat, of the Islamic State, according to IHS. Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, meaning it will likely be included soon.

Click the image for a larger version.

A year ago, the Islamic State militant group declared a caliphate spreading from Iraq and Syria. Since then, the group has consolidated control over its territory in Iraq and Syria while also establishing itself as the world’s premier Islamist terrorist group. It has won the allegiance of jihadi fighters around the world and led to the establishment of Islamic State affiliates in several countries across the Middle East and North Africa.

According to a recent analysis carried out by IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center, the Islamic State has carried out 3,097 attacks in the last year. The map below shows those attacks and uses black borders to delineate the provinces claimed by the Islamic State. Nigeria is excluded, as territory under the control of the militant group Boko Haram has not been formally proclaimed a province, or wilayat, of the Islamic State, according to IHS. Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, meaning it will likely be included soon.

Click the image for a larger version.

Map_of_Islamic_State_IHS_JTIC

Map_of_Islamic_State_IHS_JTIC

 

IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre; Photo credit: JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Twitter: @EliasGroll

More from Foreign Policy

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a commission on military-technical cooperation with foreign states in 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a commission on military-technical cooperation with foreign states in 2017.

What’s the Harm in Talking to Russia? A Lot, Actually.

Diplomacy is neither intrinsically moral nor always strategically wise.

Officers with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) wait outside an apartment in Kharkiv oblast, Ukraine.
Officers with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) wait outside an apartment in Kharkiv oblast, Ukraine.

Ukraine Has a Secret Resistance Operating Behind Russian Lines

Modern-day Ukrainian partisans are quietly working to undermine the occupation.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron wave as they visit the landmark Brandenburg Gate illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag in Berlin on May 9, 2022.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron wave as they visit the landmark Brandenburg Gate illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag in Berlin on May 9, 2022.

The Franco-German Motor Is on Fire

The war in Ukraine has turned Europe’s most powerful countries against each other like hardly ever before.

U.S. President Joe Biden holds a semiconductor during his remarks before signing an executive order on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a semiconductor during his remarks before signing an executive order on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.

How the U.S.-Chinese Technology War Is Changing the World

Washington’s crackdown on technology access is creating a new kind of global conflict.