List of wars involving the United States

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This is a list of wars involving the United States of America since its founding during the American Revolution.

18th century wars

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result
American Revolution

(1775–1783) Location: Eastern North America, Gibraltar, India, Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic

The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis, which began negotiations between Great Britain and the United States.
 United States
Kingdom of France France

Spain Spain

Iroquois

Watauga Association
Catawba
Lenape
Choctaw


 Dutch Republic


 Mysore

 Great Britain
Loyalists
Holy Roman Empire German Auxiliaries

Iroquois

Cherokee

Victory
Chickamunga War
(1776–1795)

Location: Old Southwest

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

Location: Northwest Territory

 United States
Chickasaw
Choctaw
Western Confederacy
Kingdom of Great Britain 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

USS Constellation vs. L'Insurgente
 United States

Co-belligerent:
 Great Britain

France 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 wars

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result for the United States and/or 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
border=no Eyalet of Tripolitania
Morocco Sultanate of Morocco
Victory
  • Peace treaty
1811 German Coast Uprising
(1811)

Location: Territory of Orleans

 United States Rebel slaves

Supported by:
Flag of Haiti (civil).svg Haiti

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

Location: Northwest River Ohio

The Battle of Tippecanoe
 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 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)

Location: Southern United States

The Battle of Horseshoe Bend, 1814
 United States
Lower Creeks
Cherokee Nation
Choctaw
Red Stick Creek Victory
Second Barbary War
(1815)
Part of the Barbary Wars

Location: Mediterranean Sea and the Barbary states.

Decatur's Squadron off Algiers.
 United States Fictitious Ottoman flag 2.svg Regency of Algiers Victory
  • Peace treaty
First Seminole War
(1817–1818)

Location: Pensacola, Florida

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

Spain Spanish Florida

Victory
Texas–Indian Wars
(1820–1875)

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)

Location: Missouri River

 United States Arikara Victory
Aegean Sea Anti-Piracy Operations
(1825–1828)

Location: Off Greece, Aegean Sea

Greek pirate boats attacking the HMS Comet.
 United States First Hellenic Republic 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)

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)

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)

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)

Location: Florida, United States

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

Location: Aceh Sultanate

 United States
 Netherlands
Chiefdom of Kuala Batee Victory
Aroostook War
(1838)

Location: Maine & 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
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)

Location: Oregon

 United States Cayuse Victory
Apache Wars
(1851–1900)

Location: Southwestern United States

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

Location: Washington

 United States
Snoqualmie
Nisqually
Muckleshoot
Puyallup
Klickitat
Haida
Tlingit
Victory
First Fiji Expedition
(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
(1855–1858)

Location: Pensacola, Florida

 United States Seminole Victory
Yakima War
(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
(1856–1859)

Location: China

Palikao's bridge, on the evening of the battle, by Émile Bayard
United Kingdom British Empire
France French Empire
 United States
Flag of the Qing Dynasty (1889-1912).svg Qing dynasty Victory
Utah War
(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
(1858–1866)

Location: New Mexico

Fort Defiance
 United States Navajo Victory
Second Fiji Expedition
(1859)

Location: Fiji

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

Confederate States of America Confederate States

 Mexico Victory
Paiute War
(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
France French Empire
 United States
border=no 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

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 Flag of the king of Joseon.svg 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
Flag of the Yaqui tribe.png 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 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
Flag of the Katagalugan Republic.svg 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.
British Empire United Kingdom
 Russia
 Japan
France 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 wars

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result for the United States and/or 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
  • Seditionist insurgency suppressed
  • Permanent border wall established
  • Pancho Villa's troops no longer an effective fighting force[2]
Negro Rebellion
(1912)
Part of the Banana Wars

Location: Cuba

USS Mississippi in Cuba
Cuba Cuba
 United States
Cuba 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
Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaraguan Liberals
Flag of Nicaragua.svg 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 Mexico Victory
  • Veracruz occupied
Occupation of Haiti
(1915–1934)
Part of the Banana Wars

Location: Haiti

2nd Marine Regiment in Haiti
 United States
Haiti Haiti
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 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
United Kingdom British Empire

 Russia
 United States
Republic of China (1912–1949) 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.
Russia White Movement
United Kingdom British Empire

 Japan
 Czechoslovakia
 Greece
 Poland
 United States
France France
 Romania
 Serbia
 Italy
Republic of China (1912–1949) China

 Russian SFSR
 Far Eastern Republic
Latvian SSR
Ukrainian SSR
Commune of Estonia
Mongolian Communists
Defeat with some objectives completed‘‘‘
  • 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 Mexico
 Ethiopia
 Mongolia
 Philippines
North Vietnam Viet Minh
Korea 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
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

Laos 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 Lebanon
 United States
Lebanon Lebanese Opposition: Victory
Bay of Pigs Invasion
(1961)
Part of the Cold War

Location: Cuba

Cuba CDRF
 United States
Cuba Cuba Defeat
  • Invasion of Cuba suppressed
Vietnam War
(1965–1973[a], 1975[b])
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
Cambodia Khmer Republic
border=no Kingdom of Laos
 North Vietnam
Viet Cong Viet Cong
border=no Khmer Rouge
Laos Pathet Lao
 North Korea

Supported by:

 China
 Soviet Union

Defeat
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)

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
State of Katanga Front for the National Liberation of the Congo
Supported by:

Angola 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:
 Syria

Arab Deterrent Force
Lebanese National Movement
Jammoul
PLO
Amal Movement

 Iran

Hezbollah


Islamic Unification Movement


Lebanese Front
Army of Free Lebanon
SLA

Supported by:
Flag of Iraq (1963-1991); Flag of Syria (1963-1972).svg Ba'athist Iraq


 Israel
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
Grenada 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 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
 United Kingdom
Libya 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 United States Iran 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
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
Somalia Somali National Alliance Defeat
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 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia 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
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FR Yugoslavia
Stalemate
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
Albania AFRK
 Albania
 Croatia
 United States
 Belgium
 Canada
 Czech Republic
 Denmark
 France
 Germany
 Hungary
 Italy
 Luxembourg
 Netherlands
 Norway
 Portugal
 Poland
 Spain
 Turkey
 United Kingdom
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FR Yugoslavia Blunder
  • 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
  • Ethnic cleansing of Serbs from Kosovo
  • 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
Blunder
  • 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. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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 wars

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

Location: Afghanistan

101st Airborne Division firefight in Kunar Province
Resolute Support Mission
 Afghanistan
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Australia
 Croatia
 Czech Republic
 Georgia
 Germany
 Italy
 Romania
 Spain
 Turkey

Formerly:
ISAF
Afghanistan Taliban

Allied groups
HIG
al-Qaeda
IJU[5]


Taliban splinter groups


Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant IS-Affiliates:

2001 invasion:
Afghanistan Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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

Location: Iraq

M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks in Baghdad during the Occupation of Iraq
 United States
 Iraq
 United Kingdom
 South Korea
 Italy
 Poland
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Denmark
 Georgia
 Azerbaijan
 Ukraine
 Estonia
 Netherlands
 Portugal
 Spain
MNF–I
Ba'ath Loyalists
Islamic State of Iraq
al-Qaeda in Iraq
Mahdi Army
Special Groups
IAI
Ansar al-Sunnah

Iraq Ba'athist Iraq

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

Location: Pakistan

Airstrike on the Marriot Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan.
 Pakistan

 United States
 United Kingdom

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

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

Ongoing
Somali Civil War
(2009–present)

Location: Somalia and North Eastern Kenya

Marine unit preparing to land abroad a US vessel near the Somali coast.
 Somalia
 United States
 United Kingdom
AMISOM
 Kenya
Al-Shabaab
Hizbul Islam

Islamic State in Somalia
Supported by:
 Eritrea

Ongoing
  • Newly formed federal government established in 2012
  • Merger and split between/of Hizbul Islam and Al-Shabaab forces
  • Power struggle within Al-Shabaab between moderate factions and pro-al-Qaeda members
  • Continued insurgency
  • Expanded American military operations
  • Continued drone strikes and raids by Special Forces
Operation Ocean Shield
(2009–2016)
Part of the OEF–Horn of Africa

Location: Indian Ocean

A tall plume of black smoke rises from a destroyed pirate vessel that was struck by the USS Farragut in March 2010.
 NATO
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Denmark
 Netherlands
 Spain
 Greece
 Germany
 Belgium
 Canada
 Italy
 Portugal
 Turkey
 Norway
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 neither of them were successfully hijacked
  • Piracy drops 90% [14]
Libyan Civil War
(2011)
Part of the Libyan Crisis

Location: Libya

US vessels launch missiles in support of the Libyan Civil War.
States enforcing UNSC Resolution 1973:

 United States
 United Kingdom
 Belgium
 Bulgaria
 Canada
 Denmark
 France
 Greece
 Italy
 Netherlands
 Norway
 Romania
 Spain
 Turkey
 Sweden
 Jordan
 Qatar
 United Arab Emirates

Libya Victory
American-led Intervention in Iraq
(2014–2017)
Part of the Iraqi Civil War, Spillover of the Syrian Civil War, and War on ISIS

Location: Iraq


A Royal Danish Air Force F-16, October 2016
 United States
 Iraq
 Kurdistan
 Australia
 Belgium
 Canada
 Denmark
 France
 Germany
 Jordan
 Morocco
 Netherlands
 United Kingdom
 Turkey

 Iran
Hezbollah

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant 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 loses 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 intervention in Syria
(2014–present)
Part of the Syrian Civil War and War on ISIS

Location: Syria

Aleppo, Karm al Jabal neighborhood, 2013
 United States
 Australia
 Denmark
 Netherlands
 France
 Germany
 Jordan
 United Kingdom
 Canada
 Bahrain
 Belgium
 Saudi Arabia
 Qatar
 Morocco
 Turkey
 United Arab Emirates

Flag of Syrian Democratic Forces.svg Syrian Democratic Forces
Syrian opposition Free Syrian Army (2011-2017)


 Israel (only against Hezbollah)

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

al-Qaeda
al-Nusra Front
Khorasan group
Tahrir al-Sham
Jaysh al-Sunna
Flag of Jund al-Aqsa.svg Jund al-Aqsa
Ahrar al-Sham


Partial Support:
 Saudi Arabia
 Bahrain
 Qatar
 Syria
Supported by:
 Russia
 Iran
Hezbollah
 China
Ongoing
  • Over 11,200 American and allied airstrikes hit ISIS and other extremist groups within Syria
  • Thousands of ISIS targets destroyed/militants killed
  • Chemical attack in Ghouta results in thousands of casualties, the perpetrators is still yet to be officially determined; While Russia and the Syrian government claim it was initiated by rebels, Western powers blame Bashar al-Assad's forces for the attack
  • U.S and allies provide support to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces
  • US rebel training program ongoing
  • Deployment of US marines and special forces
  • In the response to the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack, president Donald Trump ordered the launch of 60 tomahawk cruise missiles against the Shayrat airbase which was believed to have been the base that initiated the chemical attack
  • Various attacks against the Syrian government for retaliation or for breaches in de-confliction zones.
  • Syrian SU-17 shot down by American FA-18 after it was reported that it conducted airstrikes on Syrian Democratic Forces; this marked the first time in 18 years that the US engaged in an air-to-air combat
  • Skirmishes and encounters between Syrian and Israeli armed forces
Yemeni Civil War
(2015–present)

Location: Yemen

Yemeni capital Sanaa after airstrikes, 9 October 2015.
Hadi Loyalists

Saudi-led Coalition:
 Saudi Arabia
 United Arab Emirates
 Bahrain
 Kuwait
 Egypt
 Jordan
 Morocco
 Senegal
 Sudan
 United States
 United Kingdom

Supported by:
 Canada
 Australia
 Turkey
 China
 Germany
 France
Supreme Political Council
Houthis
Ahrar al-Najran
Supported by:
 Iran
Hezbollah
 Qatar
 North Korea

Ansar al-Sharia
AQAP


Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Wilayah al-Yaman

Ongoing
  • Yemen's capital city of Sana'a falls under Houthi control
  • Saudi Arabia and its coalition begin to bomb Houthi rebel positions
  • Aden becomes the new capital for the Hadi loyalist government
  • Yemen experiences a cholera outbreak in 2016
  • Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh killed in fire fight by a sniper during the ongoing battle in Sana'a
  • The United States and the CIA continue its targeted killing program against radical groups in the region
  • US Naval blockade in place against Iranian vessels trying to move weapons into Houthi territory
  • 2017 Qatar diplomatic crisis leads to restoring full diplomatic relations with Iran
  • Several raids against al-Qaeda initiated by US 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
(2016–present)
Part of the Second Libyan Civil War

Location: Libya

Harrier Jump Jet prepares for takeoff to Sirte, Libya.
 United States
 Libya
Islamic State in Libya
  • Wilayat Tripolitania
  • Wilayah Barqah
  • Wilayah al-Fizan
Ongoing
  • American air strikes and drone operations help liberate the city of Sirte from ISIS affiliated forces
  • About 500 airstrikes carried in Libya
  • Continued civil war

See also

References

  1. ^ The Nation. J.H. Richards. 1889. pp. 256–. 
  2. ^ "History: World War I". 
  3. ^ "Statement by Deputy Press Secretary Larry Speakes". September 23, 1982. 
  4. ^ "The Collapse of Lebanon's Army: U.S. Said to Ignore Factionalism". March 11, 1984. 
  5. ^ "Central Asian groups split over leadership of global jihad". The Long War Journal. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Sectarian divisions change Baghdad's image". MSNBC. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2007. 
  7. ^ a b "The JRTN Movement and Iraq's Next Insurgency | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point". Ctc.usma.edu. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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 
  10. ^ Galbraith, Peter W. (2007). The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End. Simon & Schuster. p. 74. ISBN 978-0743294249. 
  11. ^ "Iran expands regional 'empire' ahead of nuclear deal". Reuters. 
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  13. ^ "Al-Qaeda's Resurgence in Iraq: A Threat to U.S. Interests". U.S Department of State. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  14. ^ "Somali piracy is down 90 per cent from last year". The Journal. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Holmes, Oliver (24 January 2012). "UPDATE 1-Anger, chaos but no revolt after Libya violence". Bani Walid. Reuters Africa. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 

External links

  • Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK)
    • Conflict Barometer – Describes recent trends in conflict development, escalations, and settlements
  • A Continent Divided: The U.S.-Mexico War[permanent dead link], Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Timeline of wars involving the United States, Histropedia
  • U.S. Periods of War and Dates of Recent Conflicts, Congressional Research Service
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