Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Syria War Map and ISIS Map

Below you can find a Syria war map to help you understand the ongoing situation in Syria. The war in Syria has drastically affected the reality on the ground in Syria, with multiple players controlling and influencing different areas of the country. It is no longer a matter of Bashar al-Asad versus rebels. There are multiple rebel groups, many of which are in conflict with each other as well as with the Asad`s Syrian Army. National borders no longer accurately define Syria, with certain groups controlling territory that crosses borders into Lebanon and into Iraq.

Here is the first map I`ll show you, basically just to show you how complicated the conflict is, and how many different players are involved, including rebels, loyalists, the Syrian army, and Kurdish forces.

But the situation keeps changing. In the above map for example, Isis controlled only small pockets of territory in the north (see the black circles). But now they have extended their influence and territory as you can see below in this map:

As you can see, ISIS has taken over a much larger territorial area of eastern and northeastern Syria, and crossed into Iraq where it controls a great deal of the north and northwest of the country (and actually continues to expand both westward towards Jordan, and east towards Baghdad). ISIS is now being considered a very serious threat to regional and even global stability, with its brutal violence that frightens even Al Qaeda (who would have ever though that was possible!).

This next map from Business Insider shows "Syraq" - the virtual irrelevance of the national borders of Iraq and Syria due to the new reality of ISIS which straddles the border and wishes to create a new Islamic Caliphate controlling international territory.

Not only ISIS but also Kurdish controlled territory crosses the border, further deligitimizing the Syria-Iraq border. It`s somewhat doubtful that Syria and Iraq in their entirety will become a single new country, it is very likely that the current borders will not endure and that new states will arise in territory controlled by various parties. This is arguably already on the verge of happening in the Kurdish north. And with ISIS so well-funded, this may soon be the case in ISIS-controlled territory as well.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Map of Lima Peru

Look below to find yourself a map of Lima Peru for your reference.

Lima is the capital city as well as the biggest city in the South American country of Peru. And when I say it`s the biggest city, I mean it`s a massive city - the biggest city by far. It has a whopping population of over 7.6 million in the city proper, and 8.5 million in the metropolitan area. That is approximately a third of the population of the entire country. It is situated in the center of Peru, on a desert plain that overlooks the Pacific. Its metropolitan area extends to the coast and incorporates the seaport of Callao. It is the fifth most populous city in Latin America, after Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro.

The city was founded by the Spanish in 1535, and became the capital of the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru. Then, after Peru gained its independence, Lima became the capital of the new Republic of Peru.

Lima is a major destination for tourists, especially the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Lima and Rimac - the historical districts of the city. Other attractions include the beautiful and extravagant colonial architecture such of the Monastery of San Francisco, the Catherdral, Covenant of Santo Domingo, the Palace of Torre Tagle, and the Plaza Mayor.

The climate of desert is pleasant and comfortable, despite its location in a so-called subtropical desert. The summers (ie. winter in the northern hemisphere) are warm and dry, while the winters (summer in the northern hemisphere) are mild with little variation between day and night temperatures. Winter daily lows are between 12 to 16 degrees, and daily highs are between 16 to 19 degrees. And I`m talking degrees celsius, so don`t panic, Americans!

Map of Greater Lima Peru
Central Lima Map in Peru
Map of Lima for tourists

Were the above map of Lima Peru downloadable images what you had in mind when you visited this page? I hope so. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.