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May 24, 2011


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New Interactive Map Highlights Humanitarian Crises Where Terror Groups Operate

An interactive map on our website has been completely overhauled and updated. Mapping Listed Terrorist Groups and Humanitarian Crises features a map with links to information on countries where there are both humanitarian crises and terrorist groups listed by the U.S. government. 

Individual country pages include recent background on the crisis, brief summaries of listed terrorist groups operating in that country, and links to recent news articles and other resources. 

Eleven countries are highlighted on the map: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Chad, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. A linkable list of those same countries is provided below the map for ease of use. 

Mapping Listed Terrorist Groups and Humanitarian Crises

August 1, 2016

The U.S. government maintains two lists containing entities (State's Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) & Treasury's Specially Designated Nationals (SDN)) it believes engage in terrorist activity. It is illegal to provide these groups with material support which is defined broadly in the law to include tangible goods like food or clothing, medical services, and training in conflict mediation. 

But the laws designed to starve the terrorists also make it nearly impossible for humanitarian actors to reach or offer assistance to civilians living in territory controlled by a blacklisted group. That means that in conflict zones or natural disaster areas where these groups are active, providing medical services or distributing non-medicinal necessities such as clean water, tents, blankets, food can be prohibited.