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List of wars involving the United States

This is a list of wars involving the United States of America.

Contents

18th-century warsEdit

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result for the United States and its Allies
American Revolutionary War

(1775–1783)

Location: Eastern North America, Gibraltar, India, Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic

 
The Battle of Long Island, 27 August 1776
  United States
  France

  Spain

  Iroquois

Watauga Association
Catawba
  Lenape
  Choctaw


  Dutch Republic


  Mysore

  Great Britain
  Loyalists
  German Auxiliaries

  Iroquois

  Cherokee

Victory
Cherokee–American wars
(1776–1795)

Part of the American Indian Wars

Location: Old Southwest

 
Abduction of Daniel Boone's daughter by the Cherokee
  United States   Cherokee Victory
Northwest Indian War
(1785–1793)

Part of the American Indian Wars

Location: Northwest Territory

  United States
Chickasaw
Choctaw
Western Confederacy   Great Britain Victory
Shays' Rebellion
(1786–1787)

Location: Massachusetts

 
Shays' troops are repulsed from the armory at Springfield, Massachusetts in early 1787.
  United States Anti-Government Protesters Victory
Whiskey Rebellion
(1791–1794)

Location: Western Pennsylvania

 
George Washington reviews troops before their march to suppress the rebellion in western Pennsylvania.
  United States Frontier tax protesters Victory
  • Armed resistance eliminated
  • Minor tax evasion
Quasi-War
(1798–1800)
Part of the French Revolutionary Wars

Location: Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean

  United States

Co-belligerent:
  Great Britain

  France Victory
  • Peaceful cessation of Franco-American alliance
  • End of French privateer attacks on American shipping
  • American neutrality and renunciation of claims by France

19th-century warsEdit

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result for the United States and its Allies
First Barbary War
(1801–1805)
Part of the Barbary Wars

Location: Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Tripoli.

 
Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon at Derna, April 1805
  United States
  Sweden
  Eyalet of Tripolitania
  Sultanate of Morocco
Victory
  • Peace treaty
1811 German Coast Uprising
(1811)

Location: Territory of Orleans

  United States Rebel slaves

Supported by:
  Haiti

Victory
  • Suppression and later trials
Tecumseh's War
(1811)

Part of the American Indian Wars and the War of 1812

Location: Northwest River Ohio

  United States Tecumseh's Confederacy
Victory
  • Peace treaty
War of 1812
(1812–1815)

Location: Eastern and Central North America

 
General Andrew Jackson stands on the parapet of his makeshift defenses as his troops repulse attacking Highlanders, by painter Edward Percy Moran in 1910.
  United States
Choctaw
Cherokee Nation
Creek Allies
  United Kingdom

Tecumseh's Confederacy

  Spain (1814)
Stalemate

Treaty of Ghent; Status quo ante bellum with no boundary changes

  • British assault on Sacket's Harbor repulsed
  • American invasions of British North America repulsed
  • British invasions of the United States repulsed
  • Defeat of Tecumseh's Confederacy
Creek War
(1813–1814)
Part of the American Indian Wars and the War of 1812

Location: Southern United States

  United States
Lower Creeks
Cherokee Nation
Choctaw
Red Stick Creek Victory
  • Creek forced to cede 23 million acres (93,000 km²) of their territory to the United States in the Treaty of Fort Jackson
Second Barbary War
(1815)
Part of the Barbary Wars

Location: Mediterranean Sea and the Barbary states.

 
Decatur's squadron off Algiers
  United States   Regency of Algiers Victory
  • Peace treaty
First Seminole War
(1817–1818)

Part of the Seminole Wars and the American Indian Wars

Location: Pensacola, Florida

 
Barracks and tents at Fort Brooke near Tampa Bay
  United States Seminole

  Spanish Florida

Victory
Texas–Indian wars
(1820–1875)

Part of the American Indian Wars and the Mexican Indian Wars

Location: Texas

 
A Kiowa ledger drawing depicting a battle between Southern Plains Indians and the U.S. Army during the Red River War
  Spain

  Mexico


  Republic of Texas
  United States

  Comanche Victory
Arikara War
(1823)

Part of the American Indian Wars

Location: Missouri River

  United States Arikara Partial victory
Aegean Sea Anti-Piracy Operations of the United States
(1825–1828)

Part of Piracy in the Mediterranean

Location: Off Greece, Aegean Sea

 
Greek pirate boats attacking HMS Comet
  United States   Greek Pirates Victory
  • Defeat of Greek pirates
  • HMS Comet liberated by American forces
  • Message of thanks issued to Louis Goldsborough from the British government
Winnebago War
(1827)

Part of the American Indian Wars

Location: Illinois and Michigan Territory

  United States Prairie La Crosse Ho-Chunks
with a few allies
Victory
  • Ho-Chunks cede lead mining region to the United States
First Sumatran expedition
(1832)

Part of the Sumatran expeditions

Location: Aceh Sultanate

 
U.S. infantry assaulting the Acehnese forts at Kuala Batu in 1832
  United States
  Netherlands
Chiefdom of Kuala Batee Victory
Black Hawk War
(1832)

Part of the American Indian Wars

Location: Illinois and Michigan Territory

 
Native women and children fleeing the Battle of Bad Axe
  United States
Ho-Chunk
Menominee
  Dakota
Potawatomi
Black Hawks British Band
Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi allies
Victory
Second Seminole War
(1835–1842)

Part of the Seminole Wars and the American Indian Wars Location: Florida, United States

 
U.S. Marines search for Seminoles in the Everglades
  United States Seminole Victory
Second Sumatran expedition
(1838)

Part of the Sumatran expeditions Location: Aceh Sultanate

  United States
  Netherlands
Chiefdom of Kuala Batee Victory
  • Malays cease attacks on American vessels
Aroostook War
(1838)

Location: Maine and New Brunswick

  United States   United Kingdom Compromise
Webster–Ashburton Treaty
  • Modern border of Maine and New Brunswick agreed upon
  • British (Canadian) withdrawal from territory claimed by the United States
Ivory Coast Expedition
(1842)

Part of the African Slave Trade Patrol Location: Ivory Coast

 
Veterans of the expedition on board Saratoga in 1842
  United States   Ivory Coast Victory
Mexican–American War
(1846–1848)

Location: Texas, New Mexico, California and Mexico

 
2nd Dragoons charge the enemy at the Battle of Resaca de la Palma, 1846
  United States
  California Republic
  Mexico Victory
Cayuse War
(1847–1855)

Part of the American Indian Wars Location: Oregon

  United States Cayuse Victory
  • Cayuse reduced in numbers and forced to cede most of their lands
Apache Wars
(1851–1900)

Part of the Texas–Indian wars Location: Southwestern United States

 
U.S. Cavalry dash for cover while fighting Apaches, by F. Remington
  United States Apache
Ute
Yavapai
Victory
Puget Sound War
(1855–1856)

Part of the American Indian Wars Location: Washington

  United States
Snoqualmie
Nisqually
Muckleshoot
Puyallup
Klickitat
Haida
Tlingit
Victory
First Fiji Expedition

Part of the Fiji Expeditions
(1855) Location: Fiji

  United States Fiji Victory
Rogue River Wars
(1855–1856)

Location: Rogue Valley

  United States Rogue River people Victory
  • Indians relocated to Siletz, Grand Ronde and Coast Reservations
Third Seminole War

Part of the Seminole Wars and the American Indian Wars
(1855–1858) Location: Pensacola, Florida

  United States Seminole Victory
  • By late 1850s, most Seminoles forced to leave their land; a few hundred remain deep in the Everglades on land unwanted by white settlers
Yakima War

Part of the American Indian Wars
(1855–1858) Location: Washington Territory

 
Seattleites evacuate to the town blockhouse as USS Decatur opens fire on advancing tribal forces.
  United States
Snoqualmie
Yakama
Walla Walla tribe
Umatilla tribe
Nez Perce tribe
Cayuse tribe
Victory
  • Peace treaty
Second Opium War

Part of the Opium Wars
(1856–1859) Location: China

 
Palikao's bridge, on the evening of the battle, by Émile Bayard
  British Empire
  French Empire
  United States
  Qing dynasty Victory
Utah War

Part of the Mormon wars
(1857–1858) Location: Utah Territory and Wyoming

  United States Deseret/Utah Mormons (Nauvoo Legion) Compromise
  • Resolution through negotiation
  • Brigham Young replaced as governor of the territory
  • Full amnesty for charges of sedition and treason issued to the citizens of Utah Territory by President James Buchanan on the condition that they accept American Federal authority
Navajo Wars

Part of the American Indian Wars
(1858–1866) Location: New Mexico

  United States Navajo Victory
Second Fiji Expedition

Part of the Fiji Expeditions
(1859) Location: Fiji

  United States Fiji Victory
John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry

Part of pre-Civil War conflicts
(1859) Location: West Virginia

 
Harper's Weekly illustration of U.S. Marines attacking John Brown's "Fort" Teresa Baine
  United States Abolitionist Insurgents Victory
First and Second Cortina War
(1859–1861)

Location: Texas and Mexico

  United States

  Confederate States


  Mexico

  Cortinista bandits Victory
Paiute War

Part of the American Indian Wars
(1860) Location: Pyramid Lake, Nevada

  United States Paiute
Shoshone
Bannock
Victory
American Civil War
(1861–1865)

Location: United States

 
The Battle of Antietam, by Kurz & Allison.
  United States   Confederate States Victory
Yavapai Wars
(1861–1875)

Location: Arizona

  United States Yavapai
Apache
Yuma
Mohave
Victory
Dakota War of 1862
(1862)

Location: Minnesota and Dakota

 
The Siege of New Ulm, Minnesota on August 19, 1862
  United States   Dakota Sioux Victory
Colorado War
(1863–1865)

Location: Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska

  United States   Cheyenne
  Arapaho
  Sioux
Victory
Shimonoseki War
(1863–1864)

Location: Kanmon Straits

 
Capture of a Choshu battery at Shimonoseki by British sailors and marines.
  British Empire
  Dutch Empire
  French Empire
  United States
  Chōshū Domain Victory
  • Chōshū pays an indemnity of $3,000,000.
Snake War
(1864–1868)

Locations: Oregon, Nevada, California, and Idaho

  United States Paiute
Bannock
Shoshone
Victory
Powder River War
(1865)

Location: Powder River State

  United States   Sioux
  Cheyenne
  Arapaho
Stalemate
Red Cloud's War
(1866–1868)

Location: Powder River State

 
The Fetterman Massacre
  United States   Lakota
  Cheyenne
  Arapaho
Defeat
Formosa Expedition
(1867)

Location: Southern Formosa (Taiwan)

 
US Marines and Sailors attack Formosan pirates.
  United States Paiwan Defeat
  • American withdrawal after Marine commander killed, subsequent Formosan retreat[1]
  • No other casualties
Comanche Campaign
(1867–1875)

Location: Western United States

 
Battle of Beecher Island. One soldier and three horses have fallen, while others continue to wage the battle.
  United States   Cheyenne
  Arapaho
  Comanche
Kiowa
Victory
United States expedition to Korea
(1871)

Location: Ganghwado

 
American forces after capturing the Deokjin Fort during the Battle of Ganghwa in 1871.
  United States   Joseon Dynasty Victory
Modoc War
(1872–1873)

Location: California and Oregon

 
Engraving of soldiers recovering the bodies of the slain May 3, 1873.
  United States   Modoc Victory
Red River War
(1874–1875)

Location: Texas

  United States   Cheyenne
  Arapaho
  Comanche
Kiowa
Victory
  • End to the Texas-Indian Wars
Las Cuevas War
(1875)

Location: Texas and Mexico

 
Texan soldiers.
  United States   Mexico Victory
  • Cattle returned to Texas
Great Sioux War of 1876
(1876–1877)

Location: Montana, Dakota and Wyoming

 
Custer's last stand at Little Bighorn.
  United States   Lakota
  Dakota Sioux
  Northern Cheyenne
  Arapaho
Victory
  • Legal control of Powder River Country ceded to the United States
Buffalo Hunters' War
(1876–1877)

Location: Texas and Oklahoma

  United States   Comanche
Apache
Victory
Nez Perce War
(1877)

Location: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana

 
Chief Joseph's band in the Battle of Bear Paw Mountain
  United States Nez Perce
Palouse
Victory
Bannock War
(1878)

Location: Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming

  United States Bannock
Shoshone
Paiute
Victory
Cheyenne War
(1878–1879)

Location: Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana

 
Aftermath of the Battle of "The Pit."
  United States   Cheyenne Victory
Sheepeater Indian War
(1879)

Location: Idaho

  United States Shoshone Victory
Victorio's War
(1879–1881)

Location: Mexico

  United States
  Mexico
Apache Victory
White River War
(1879–1880)

Location: Colorado

  United States Ute Victory
Pine Ridge Campaign
(1890–1891)

Location: South Dakota

 
Mass grave for the dead Lakota after the conflict at Wounded Knee Creek.
  United States   Sioux Victory
Garza Revolution
(1891–1893)

Location: Texas and Mexico

 
3rd Cavalry Troopers searching a suspected Revolutionist, 1892
  Mexico
  United States
Garzistas Victory
Yaqui Wars
(1896–1918)

Location: Arizona and Mexico

 
10th Cavalry soldiers holding Yaqui prisoners at their camp in Bear Valley, January 9, 1918.
  United States
  Mexico
  Yaqui
Pima
Opata
Victory
Second Samoan Civil War
(1898–1899)

Location: Samoa

 
Samoan warriors and American servicemen during the Siege of Apia in March 1899.
Samoa
  United States
Mataafans
  Germany
Compromise
Spanish–American War
(1898)

Location: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Philippines and Guam

 
Teddy Roosevelt and the "Rough Riders" charge Spanish positions during the Battle of San Juan Hill.
  United States
  Cuban Revolutionaries
  Filipino Revolutionaries
  Spain Victory
Philippine–American War
(1899–1902)

Location: Philippines

 
Kurz & Allison print of the Battle of Quingua.
1899-1902
  United States

1902-1906
  United States

1899-1902
  Philippine Republic

Limited Foreign Support:
  Empire of Japan


1902-1906
  Tagalog Republic

Victory
Moro Rebellion
(1899–1913)

Philippines

 
The 8th Infantry Regiment defeat the Moros in the four-day battle of Bagsak Mountain on Jolo Island in the Philippines.
  United States   Moro
  Remnants of the Sulu Sultanate
Victory
Boxer Rebellion
(1899–1901)

Location: China

 
Corporal Titus, of the 14th Infantry Regiment, scaling the walls of Peking.
  United Kingdom
  Russia
  Japan
  France
  United States
  Germany
  Italy
  Austria-Hungary
  Righteous Harmony Society (Boxers)
  China
Victory
  • Rebellion suppressed
  • Signing of the Boxer Protocol
  • Provisions for foreign troops to be stationed in Beijing

20th-century warsEdit

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result for the United States and its Allies
Crazy Snake Rebellion
(1909)

Location: Oklahoma

 
Creek prisoners of war.
  United States Creek Victory
Border War
(1910–1919)
Part of the Mexican Revolution

Location: Mexico–United States border

 
American troops of the 16th Infantry Regiment rest for the night on 27 May 1916
  United States   Mexico
  Germany
Victory
Negro Rebellion
(1912)
Part of the Banana Wars

Location: Cuba

 
USS Mississippi in Cuba
  Cuba
  United States
  Cuban PIC Victory
  • Rebellion suppressed
  • Dissolution of the PIC
Occupation of Nicaragua
(1912–1933)
Part of the Banana Wars

Location: Nicaragua

 
US Marines holding a captured Sandinista flag.
  United States
  Nicaragua
  Nicaraguan Liberals
  Sandinistas
Victory
  • Nicaragua occupied until 1933.
  • Great Depression marked US withdrawal in 1933.
  • Change of regime in Nicaragua.
Bluff War
(1914–1915)

Location: Utah and Colorado

 
Prisoners of the Bluff War in Thompson, Utah, waiting to board a train for their trial in Salt Lake City.
  United States Ute
Paiute
Victory
Occupation of Veracruz
(1914)
Part of the Mexican Revolution

Location: Mexico

 
American ships at Veracruz
  United States   Mexico Victory
  • Veracruz occupied
Occupation of Haiti
(1915–1934)
Part of the Banana Wars

Location: Haiti

 
2nd Marine Regiment in Haiti
  United States
  Haiti
  Haitian Rebels Victory
  • Haiti occupied
Occupation of the Dominican Republic
(1916–1924)
Part of the Banana Wars

Location: Dominican Republic

 
US Marines in the Occupation of the Dominican Republic.
  United States   Dominican Republic Victory
  • Dominican Republic occupied
World War I
(1914–1918)

Location: Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East, the Pacific Islands, and coast of North and South America

 
Two US troops pass by dead German soldiers on a battlefield.
  France

  British Empire

  Russia
  United States
  China
  Italy
  Japan
  Serbia
  Montenegro
  Romania
  Belgium
  Greece
  Portugal
  Brazil

  Germany
  Austria-Hungary
  Ottoman Empire
  Bulgaria
Victory
Russian Civil War
(1918–1920)

Location: Russia, Mongolia, and Iran

 
US troops march through Russia before the Battle of Romanovka.
  White Movement
  British Empire

  Japan
  Czechoslovakia
  Greece
  Poland
  United States
  France
  Romania
  Serbia
  Italy
  China

  Russian SFSR
  Far Eastern Republic
  Latvian SSR
  Ukrainian SSR
  Commune of Estonia
  Mongolian Communists
Defeat
  • Allied withdrawal from Russia
  • Bolshevik victory over White Army
  • Some Supplies captured at Vladivostok
  • Humanitarian effort
Last Indian Uprising
(1923)

Location: Utah

 
Ute and Paiute prisoners of war.
  United States Ute
Paiute
Victory
World War II
(1939–1945)

Location: Europe, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa, North and South America

 
U.S. Army Soldiers advancing at dawn in the cover of a M4 Sherman tank, during the Battle of Bougainville, 1944.
  Soviet Union
  United States
  United Kingdom
  China
  France
  Poland
  Canada
  Australia
  New Zealand
  India
  South Africa
  Yugoslavia
  Greece
  Denmark
  Norway
  Netherlands
  Belgium
  Luxembourg
  Czechoslovakia
  Brazil
  Mexico
  Ethiopia
  Mongolia
  Philippines
  Viet Minh
  KLA
  Albania
  Germany
  Japan
  Italy
  Hungary
  Romania
  Bulgaria
  Finland
  Thailand
  Manchukuo
  Mengjiang
  Croatia
  Slovakia
Victory
Korean War
(1950–1953)
Part of the Cold War

Location: Korea

 
American soldiers in the Korean war with the Browning M1919A6 LMG.
  South Korea
  United States
  United Kingdom
  Australia
  Belgium
  Canada
  France
  Philippines
  Colombia
  Ethiopia
  Greece
  Luxembourg
  Netherlands
  New Zealand
  South Africa
  Thailand
  Turkey
  North Korea
  China
  Soviet Union
Stalemate
  • North Korean invasions of South Korea repelled
  • Subsequent United Nations invasion of North Korea repelled
  • Subsequent Chinese-North Korean-Soviet invasion of South Korea repelled
  • Korean Armistice Agreement. Although this ended the actual fighting in the Korean Peninsula, the war is not (technically) over because a peace treaty was never signed
Operation Ajax
(1953)
Location:
Tehran, Imperial State of Iran
 
Coup supporters celebrating in Tehran
  House of Pahlavi
  United States[a]
  United Kingdom[a]
  Government of Iran Victory
Laotian Civil War
(1953–1975)
Part of the Indochina Wars and Cold War
Location: Laos
 
A U.S. Air Force Bell UH-1P from the 20th Special Operations Squadron "Green Hornets" at a base in Laos, 1970.
  Kingdom of Laos
  United States
  South Vietnam
  Thailand
Supported by:
  Philippines
  Taiwan

  Pathet Lao
  North Vietnam
Supported by:
  Soviet Union
  China

Defeat
Lebanon Crisis
(1958)

Location: Lebanon

 
US Marine sits in a foxhole and points his machine gun toward Beirut.
  Lebanon
  United States
  Lebanese Opposition: Victory
Bay of Pigs Invasion
(1961)
Part of the Cold War

Location: Cuba

  CDRF
  United States
  Cuba Defeat
  • Invasion of Cuba suppressed
Vietnam War
(1965–1973[b], 1975[c])
Part of the Cold War and Indochina Wars

Location: Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos

 
1st Cavalry Division, Battle of Ia Drang, 1965.
  South Vietnam
  United States
  South Korea
  Australia
  New Zealand
  Thailand
  Philippines
  Khmer Republic
  Kingdom of Laos
  North Vietnam
  Viet Cong
  Khmer Rouge
  Pathet Lao
  China
  North Korea

Supported by:

  Soviet Union

Defeat
Communist insurgency in Thailand
(1965-1983)
Part of the Cold War

Location: Thailand

 
Ta Ko Bi Cave, a former hideout used by communist rebels.
  Thailand
  Taiwan (until July 1967)
  United States
  Malaysia
  Communist Party of Thailand

  Pathet Lao
  Khmer Rouge (until 1978)[3][4]
Supported by:
  North Vietnam (until 1976)
  Vietnam (from 1976)
  People Republic of China (1971–1978)
  Malayan Communist Party
  North Korea[4]

Victory
  • Amnesty declared on 23 April 1980 by the Thai government.
  • Order 66/2523 signed by Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda.
  • Communist insurgency declines and ends in 1983.
Korean DMZ Conflict
(1966–1969)
Part of the Korean conflict and the Cold War

Location: Korean Demilitarized Zone

 
ROK and US troop stationed at the DMZ, 1967.
  South Korea
  United States
  North Korea Victory
  • North Korean failure to launch an insurgency in South Korea
Dominican Civil War
(1965–1966)

Location: Dominican Republic

 
US soldiers push a child underneath a Jeep to protect him during a firefight in Santo Domingo on May 5, 1965.
  Dominican Loyalists
  United States
  Inter-American Peace Force
  Dominican Constitutionalists Victory
Insurgency in Bolivia
(1966–1967)
Part of the Cold War

Location: Bolivia

  Bolivia
  United States
  Ejército de Liberación Nacional Victory
  • CIA supported Bolivian armed groups oppress Che Guevara's guerrilla forces
  • Che Guevara captured and executed
Cambodian Civil War
(1967–1975)
Location: Cambodia
 
US troops and tanks entering town in Cambodia.
  Kingdom of Cambodia (1967–1970)
  Khmer Republic (1970–1975)
  United States
  South Vietnam

Other Supports

  National United Front of Kampuchea

  Khmer Rouge
  Khmer Rumdo
  Khmer Việt Minh
  North Vietnam
  Việt Cộng

Other Supports

Defeat
War in South Zaire
(1978)

Location: Zaire

  Zaire
  France
  Belgium
  United States
  Morocco
  Front for the National Liberation of the Congo
Supported by:

  Angola
  Cuba
  Soviet Union

Victory
  • FNLC forces repelled
  • Thousands of civilians evacuated from Kolwezi
Operation Eagle Claw
(1980)
Part of the Iranian hostage crisis

Location: Iran

 
Wreckage at the Desert One base in Iran.
  United States   Iran Blunder
  • 1 helicopter and 1 transport aircraft destroyed
  • 5 helicopters abandoned/captured
Gulf of Sidra encounter
(1981)

Location: Gulf of Sidra

  United States   Libya Victory
Lebanese Civil War
(1982–1984)

Location: Lebanon

 
US Marines on patrol in Beirut, April 1983
  Lebanese Armed Forces
  UNIFIL
Multinational Force in Lebanon:
  Lebanese Front
  Army of Free Lebanon
SLA

  Israel
  Lebanese National Movement
  Jammoul
  PLO
  Amal Movement

  Iran

  Hezbollah


  Islamic Unification Movement


  Syria

  Arab Deterrent Force
Defeat
Invasion of Grenada
(1983)
Part of the Cold War

Location: Grenada

 
American soldiers in mortar positions in Grenada.
  United States
  Barbados
  Jamaica
  Antigua and Barbuda
  Dominica
  Saint Kitts and Nevis
  Saint Lucia
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  PRG of Grenada
  Cuba
Military advisors:
Victory
  • Military dictatorship of Hudson Austin deposed
  • Defeat of Cuban military presence
  • Restoration of Constitutional Government
Action in the Gulf of Sidra
(1986)
 
Libyan corvette obliterated after attempting to fire on US forces
  United States   Libya Victory
  • Libyan naval forces damaged or destroyed
  • Libyan air defenses damaged
Bombing of Libya
(1986)
Part of the Cold War

Location: Libya

 
USAF F-111 taking off for Libya
  United States   Libya Victory
  • Ground targets destroyed.
  • Failed Libyan Scud missile response
  • Muammar Gaddafi survived
Tanker War
(1987–1988)

Location: Persian Gulf

 
Iranian frigate Sahand after being attacked by U.S. aircraft.
  United States   Iran Victory
Tobruk encounter
(1989)

Location: Mediterranean Sea

 
Gun camera depicting the last remaining MiG-23 fighters exploding after being shot down.
  United States   Libya Victory
  • Two Libyan MiG-23 fighters shot down
Invasion of Panama
(1989–1990)

Location: Panama

 
U.S. troops prepare to take a neighborhood in Panama City, December 1989.
  United States
  Panamanian Opposition
  Panama Victory
Gulf War
(1990–1991)

Location: Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Israel

 
M1 Abrams tanks of the 3rd Armored Division advance on Medina Ridge.
  Kuwait
  United States
  United Kingdom
  Saudi Arabia
  France
  Canada
  Egypt
  Syria
  Qatar
  Bahrain
  United Arab Emirates
  Oman
  Bangladesh
  Iraq Victory
Iraqi No-Fly Zone Enforcement
(1991–2003)

Location: Iraq

 
A Tomahawk cruise missile is fired from an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer during Operation Desert Fox in December 1998.
  United States
  United Kingdom
  France
  Australia
  Belgium
  Netherlands
  Saudi Arabia
  Turkey
  Italy
  Iraq Victory
  • Various bombings of Iraqi forces both arial and naval
  • Mass numbers of Iraqi targets killed or destroyed
  • Reduction in Iraqi air defense
  • Beginning of the Iraq War
First Intervention in the Somali Civil War
(1992–1995)

Location: Somalia

 
US Marines on patrol in Somalia.
  United States
  United Kingdom
  Spain
  Saudi Arabia
  Malaysia
  Pakistan
  Italy
  India
  Greece
  Germany
  France
  Canada
  Botswana
  Belgium
  Australia
  New Zealand
  Somali National Alliance Mixed
  • Pyrrhic tactical U.S./U.N. victory
  • Failure to capture SNA leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid; specific Aidid lieutenants captured
  • Withdrawal of U.S. forces 5 months after the Battle of Mogadishu
  • The UN mandate saved close to 100,000 lives, before and after U.S. withdrawal
  • Civil war is ongoing
Bosnian War
(1992–1995)
Part of the Yugoslav Wars

Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina

 
Russian and American troops on a joint patrol around the Bosnian town of Zvornik on the afternoon of 29 February 1996.
  Bosnia and Herzegovina

  Herzeg-Bosnia
  Croatia


  United States
  Belgium
  Canada
  Denmark
  France
  Germany
  Italy
  Luxembourg
  Netherlands
  Norway
  Portugal
  Spain
  Turkey
  United Kingdom

  Republika Srpska
  YPA
  Serbian Krajina
  Western Bosnia
  FR Yugoslavia
Victory
Intervention in Haiti
(1994–1995)

Location: Haiti

 
US troops arrive in Haiti.
  United States
  Poland
  Argentina
  Haiti Victory
Kosovo War
(1998–1999)
Part of the Yugoslav Wars

Location: Serbia

 
Bombing of Novi Sad.
  KLA
  AFRK
  Albania
  Croatia
  United States
  Belgium
  Canada
  Czech Republic
  Denmark
  France
  Germany
  Hungary
  Italy
  Luxembourg
  Netherlands
  Norway
  Portugal
  Poland
  Spain
  Turkey
  United Kingdom
  FR Yugoslavia Victory
  • Yugoslav forces pull out of Kosovo
  • De facto separation of Kosovo from FR Yugoslavia under UN administration
  • UN Resolution 1244 confirming Kosovo as part of FRY
  • Return of Albanian refugees
  • KLA veterans join the UÇPMB, starting the Preševo insurgency
  • Russia uses Kosovo as pretext for Crimea, Abhasia and South Osetia interventions
Operation Infinite Reach
(1998)

Location: Sudan and Afghanistan

 
al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan.
  United States   al-Qaeda
  Sudan
 
Harkat-ul-Mujahideen
  Lashkar-e-Taiba
Mixed
  • Strikes hit targets but failed objectives
  • al-Qaeda suffers damage and casulties however its senior leaders survive the strikes
  • Al-Shifa pharmaceutical plant destroyed
  • Al-Qaeda propaganda victory leads to Osama bin Laden's image be praised in the Muslim world as a symbol of resistance
  1. ^ a b Covertly
  2. ^ Direct U.S. involvement ended in 1973 with the Paris Peace Accords. Air Force and Special Ops continued some operations until April 1975; President Ford in a televised speech on April 23, 1975 declared the end of Vietnam War.
  3. ^ The war reignited on 13 December 1974 with offensive operations by North Vietnam, leading to victory over South Vietnam in under two months.

21st-century warsEdit

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result for the United States and its Allies
War in Afghanistan
(2001–present)
Part of the War on Terror

Location: Afghanistan

 
US Army combat engineers clear a section of road in the Gor Tepa region of the northern Afghanistan province of Kunduz along with Afghan and German troops as part of a joint operation.
  Resolute Support Mission
  Afghanistan
  United States
  Canada
  United Kingdom
  Australia
  Croatia
  Czech Republic
  Georgia
  Germany
  Italy
  Romania
  Spain
  Turkey

Formerly:
  ISAF
  Taliban

Allied groups
  HIG
  al-Qaeda
  IJU[7]


Taliban splinter groups


  IS-Affiliates:

2001 invasion:
  Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Ongoing
Iraq War
(2003–2011)
Part of the War on Terror

Location: Iraq

 
US troops in cover during firefight in the Battle of Ramadi.
  United States
  Iraq
  United Kingdom
  Australia
  South Korea
  Italy
  Georgia
  Poland
  Spain
  Netherlands
  Ukraine
  Romania

  MNF–I

  Ba'ath Loyalists

  Islamic State of Iraq
  al-Qaeda in Iraq
  Mahdi Army
  Special Groups
  IAI
  Ansar al-Sunnah


Invasion 2003:

  Iraq

Victory
War in North-West Pakistan
(2004–present)
Part of the War on Terror

Location: Pakistan

 
MQ-1 Predator drones are typically used in covert bombing operations in the Federally administered tribal regions of Pakistan
  United States

  Pakistan

  Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan
  al-Qaeda
  Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
  Turkistan Islamic Party
  Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi

  Daesh

Ongoing
War in Somalia
(2007–present)

Location: Somalia and Northeastern Kenya

 
MQ-9 Reaper commonly used in covert drone strikes in Somalia.
  Somalia
  United States
  United Kingdom
  Kenya
  Ethiopia
  AMISOM
  Al-Shabaab
Hizbul Islam

  Daesh
Alleged support:
  Eritrea

Ongoing
Operation Ocean Shield
(2009–2016)

Location: Indian Ocean

 
A tall plume of black smoke rises from a destroyed pirate vessel that was struck by USS Farragut in March 2010.
  NATO
  United States
  Malaysia
  Norway
  United Kingdom
  New Zealand
  Denmark
  Netherlands
  Italy
  South Korea
  India
Somali pirates Victory
  • Number of pirate attacks have decreased dramatically since the start of such operations, however attacks still occur near the coast waters of Oman, Yemen, Kenya, and Somalia
  • The US Office of Naval Intelligence have officially reported that in 2013, only 9 incidents of piracy were reported and that none of them were successfully hijacked
  • Piracy drops 90% [16]
American-led intervention in Libya
(2011)
Part of the Libyan Crisis

Location: Libya

 
US vessels launch missiles in support of the Libyan Civil War.
  NATO
  United States
  United Kingdom
  Belgium
  Bulgaria
  Canada
  Denmark
  France
  Greece
  Italy
  Netherlands
  Norway
  Romania
  Spain
  Turkey
  Sweden
  Jordan
  Qatar
  United Arab Emirates

  Anti-Gaddafi rebels

  Libya Victory
Lord's Resistance Army insurgency

(2011-2017)

Location: Uganda

  United States

  Uganda

  DR Congo

  Central African Republic

  South Sudan

  Lord's Resistance Army Partial Victory
  • LRA members shrink to about 100 members, down from about 3,000.
  • Surrender of senior leaders like Dominic Ongwen to U.S. troops.
  • The United States end the hunt for LRA leader Joseph Kony, believing that he and the LRA no longer posed a significant security risk to Uganda.[18]
American-led intervention in Iraq
(2014–2017)
Part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Iraqi Civil War, the Spillover of the Syrian Civil War, and the International ISIS campaign

Location: Iraq


 
General Stephen J. Townsend observes a HIMARS strike that destroyed a building near Haditha, September 2016
  United States
  Iraq
  Kurdistan
  Australia
  Belgium
  Canada
  Denmark
  France
  Germany
  Jordan
  Morocco
  Netherlands
  United Kingdom
  Turkey

  Iran
  Hezbollah

  Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Victory
  • Over 10,000 American airstrikes conducted in Iraq since 2014
  • Heavy damaged caused to ISIS forces resulting in losses of about 40% of its held territory by 2016, and by December 2017, its remaining strongholds were destroyed leaving small pockets of fleers.
  • Multinational humanitarian support to civilians and arming of local ground troops and militias
  • Advising and training of Iraqi forces
  • Massive numbers of war crimes committed by ISIS including ethnic cleansing, murder, rape, and enslavement. Additionally there are reports of organ trafficking
American-led intervention in Syria
(2014–present)
Part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Syrian Civil War and the International ISIS campaign

Location: Syria

  United States

  Democratic Federation of Northern Syria


  CJTF-OIR Members:
  United Kingdom
  France
  Australia
  Canada
  Jordan
  Denmark
  Netherlands
  Belgium
  Lebanon
  Morocco
  Saudi Arabia
  UAE
  Qatar
  Bahrain


  Turkey


  Israel (limited involvement; against Hezbollah and government forces only)


Formerly:
  Free Syrian Army (2011-2017)

  ISIS

  al-Qaeda linked groups:

Partial Support:
  Qatar
  UAE
  Saudi Arabia


  Syria (limited encounters with US and Israel)

Supported by:
  Russia
  Iran
  Hezbollah
  China

Ongoing
Yemeni Civil War
(2015–present)

Location: Yemen

 
U.S. Naval vessel patrolling along the coastline of Yemen enforcing the American-Saudi blockade against Iran.
  Hadi government

Saudi-led Coalition:
  Saudi Arabia
  United Arab Emirates
  Senegal
  Sudan
  Qatar (2015-2017)
  United States
  France
  United Kingdom
  Supreme Political Council
  Houthis
  Ahrar al-Najran
Supported by:
  Iran
  Hezbollah
  North Korea

  AQAP


  IS-affiliated groups:

Ongoing
  • Yemen's capital city of Sana'a falls under Houthi control
  • Saudi-led coalition begin to bomb Houthi rebel positions
  • Aden becomes the new capital for the Hadi government
  • Cholera outbreak in 2016
  • Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh killed in fire fight by a sniper during the ongoing battle in Sana'a
  • Targeted killing program against radical groups in the region continue since 2002; intensify after beginning of civil war
  • U.S. Naval blockade put in place in attempt to assist Saudi Arabia in preventing Iranian weapons from moving weapons into Houthi territory
  • Raids against al-Qaeda conducted U.S. Special Forces
  • Famine caused by war is affecting over 17 million people leaving 50,000 children to be a risk of dying in 2017
American intervention in Libya
(2015–present)
Part of the Second Libyan Civil War

Location: Libya

  United States
  Libya
  Islamic State in Libya Ongoing
  • Liberation of Sirte
  • Hundreds of airstrikes carried out in Libya against Islamic State affiliated militant groups

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "History: World War I". 
  3. ^ "Communist Insurgency In Thailand" (PDF). CIA Report. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Anatomy of a Counterinsurgency Victory" (PDF). January 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Statement by Deputy Press Secretary Larry Speakes". September 23, 1982. 
  6. ^ "The Collapse of Lebanon's Army: U.S. Said to Ignore Factionalism". March 11, 1984. 
  7. ^ "Central Asian groups split over leadership of global jihad". The Long War Journal. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sectarian divisions change Baghdad's image". MSNBC. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2007. 
  9. ^ a b "The JRTN Movement and Iraq's Next Insurgency | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point". Ctc.usma.edu. Archived from the original on 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  10. ^ Michael Petrou (9 September 2011). "The decline of al-Qaeda". Maclean's. George W. Bush gambled on surging thousands more troops to the embattled country. It paid off. Al-Qaeda in Iraq is now a diminished force without territory. 
  11. ^ Spencer C. Tucker. U.S. Conflicts in the 21st Century: Afghanistan War, Iraq War, and the War on Terror. ISBN 1440838798. Al Qaeda in Iraq was decimated by the end of the Iraq War in 2011 
  12. ^ Galbraith, Peter W. (2007). The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End. Simon & Schuster. p. 74. ISBN 978-0743294249. 
  13. ^ "Iran expands regional 'empire' ahead of nuclear deal". Reuters. 
  14. ^ "How to Stop Iran's Growing Hegemony – National Review Online". National Review Online. 
  15. ^ "Al-Qaeda's Resurgence in Iraq: A Threat to U.S. Interests". U.S. Department of State. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Somali piracy is down 90 per cent from last year". The Journal. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Holmes, Oliver (24 January 2012). "UPDATE 1-Anger, chaos but no revolt after Libya violence". Bani Walid. Reuters Africa. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  18. ^ Baddorf, Zack (20 April 2017). "Uganda Ends Its Hunt for Joseph Kony Empty-Handed". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 

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