Kannabi Bridge

Team Minato after destroying the Kannabi Bridge.

The Third Shinobi World War was suggested that it began with the disappearance of the Third Kazekage. Sunagakure went to such lengths to find its Kazekage that it provoked intervention from neighboring countries. Konohagakure and Iwagakure eventually began fighting across Kusagakure. It was not until the destruction of the Kannabi Bridge that the war began turning in Konoha's favor. Sunagakure also participated in the war, as it was during this war that Sasori earned fame as Sasori of the Red Sand, due to his ingenious puppets dying the sand red with his enemies' blood.

Minato Uchiha became a hero during the war and received his nickname, Konoha's Yellow Flash. Kakashi Hatake, who was promoted to jonin and gained his Sharingan from Obito Uchiha during the mission to destroy the Kannabi Bridge, also gained fame as Copy Ninja Kakashi. Wataru Uchiha was traumatised by the violence of the war and grew to seek peace at any cost because of it; The rest of his life would be greatly affected by this experience. The orphaned Kabuto Yakushi was also found amongst slain shinobi on a battlefield after the Battle of Kikyo Pass.

In Amegakure, Yahiko, Nagato, Konan, and many other shinobi formed a group that fought the rule of Hanzo. Hanzo called in the assistance of Danzo and his Root ANBU, as well as held Konan hostage but failed to suppress the group. The confrontation between the two sides lead to a slaughter of all Amegakure and Root shinobi present by Nagato, with the exception of Hanzo and Danzo who fled and to the death of Yahiko.

Hiruzen Sarutobi made a peace treaty with the Tsuchigumo clan sometime during the war.

This war took also place in some of the countries in Europe and Asia, such as Britannia, Fuso, Karlsland, and took place in Liberion as well.