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Afghanistan

This country was invaded by the Soviet Union in 1979, but the Soviets were pushed out by U.S.-supported guerilla fighters.

Iraq

This country is one of three labeled by U.S. President George W. Bush as the "Axis of Evil." The U.S. invaded this country in March of 2003.

Chechnya

After the Soviet collapse, this country claimed its independence but was denied it by the Russian government. The Russian Army has battled with rebels from this country since 1990, and some rebels have resorted to terrorist activities.

Russia

This country is the world's largest and shares borders with more countries than any other country.

Sunni Triangle

This area includes the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah, Baghdad and Tikrit.

Triple Frontier

This is the area where Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay converge. The area has become a South American base for Islamic terrorists.

Islamic Front

This is the area in...

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