List of wars involving the United States

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This is a list of wars involving the United States of America during and since the American Revolutionary War, detailing all constituent military theatres and campaigns.

18th century wars[edit]

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result
American Revolutionary War
(1775–1783)
 United States
Kingdom of France France
Spain Spain
 Netherlands

Mysore
Vermont


Oneida
Tuscarora
Watauga Association
Catawba
Lenape

 Great Britain
Kingdom of Great Britain Loyalists
Holy Roman Empire German Auxiliaries

Iroquois
Onondaga
Mohawk
Cayuga
Seneca
Cherokee Nation Cherokee

Victory
Cherokee War
(1776)
 United States Cherokee Nation Cherokee Victory
Chickamauga War
(1776–1795)
 United States Cherokee Nation Cherokee Victory
Northwest Indian War
(1785–1793)
 United States
Western Confederacy
Kingdom of Great Britain Great Britain
Victory
Shays' Rebellion
(1786–1787)
 United States
Anti-government protesters Victory
  • Rebellion suppressed
Whiskey Rebellion
(1791–1794)
 United States Frontier tax protesters Victory
  • Armed resistance eliminated.
  • Minor tax evasion
Quasi-War
(1798–1800)
 United States
Batavian Republic
 Great Britain
France France
Spain Spain
Indecisive
  • Peaceful cessation of Franco-American alliance
  • End of French privateer attacks on American shipping
  • American neutrality and renunciation of claims against France
Fries's Rebellion
(1799–1800)
 United States Armed Pennsylvanian Dutch farmers. Victory

19th century wars[edit]

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result
First Barbary War
(1801–1805)
Part of the Barbary Wars
 United States
 Sweden
Flag of Tripoli 18th century.svg Eyalet of Tripolitania

Morocco Sultanate of Morocco

Victory
  • Peace treaty
Tecumseh's War
(1811)
 United States Tecumseh's Confederacy Victory
  • Peace treaty
War of 1812
(1812–1815)
 United States
Choctaw
Cherokee
Creek Allies
British Empire United Kingdom
Spain Spain (1814)
Stalemate
Creek War
(1813–1814)
Part of the War of 1812
 United States
Lower Creeks
Cherokee
Choctaw
Red Stick Creek Victory
Battle of Pensacola
(1814)
 United States  United Kingdom
 Spain
Creek
Victory
  • American occupation of Pensacola
Second Barbary War
(1815)
Part of the Barbary Wars
 United States  Ottoman Empire
(de jure)
Victory
  • Peace treaty
First Seminole War
(1817–1818)
 United States Seminole
Spain Spanish Florida
Victory
Texas-Indian wars
(1820–1875)
 Republic of Texas
 United States
Comanche Victory
Arikara War
(1823)
 United States Arikara Victory
Winnebago War
(1827)
 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)
 United States
 Netherlands
Chiefdom of Kuala Batee Victory
Black Hawk War
(1832)
 United States
Ho-Chunk
Menominee
Dakota
Potawatomi
Black Hawks British Band
Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi allies
Victory
Second Seminole War
(1835–1842)
 United States Seminole Victory
United States Exploring Expedition
(1838–1842)
 United States
Fiji Fiji
Samoa Samoa
Kiribati Tabiteuea
Victory
  • Exploration successful
Second Sumatran expedition
(1838)
 United States
 Netherlands
Chiefdom of Kuala Batee Victory
Mexican–American War
(1846–1848)
 United States  Mexico Victory
Cayuse War
(1847–1855)
 United States Cayuse Victory
Apache Wars
(1851–1900)
 United States Apache
Ute
Yavapai
Victory
Puget Sound War
(1855–1856)
 United States Nisqually
Muckleshoot
Puyallup
Klickitat
Haida
Tlingit
Victory
  • Indians relocated to Siletz, Grand Ronde, and Coast Reservations
Rogue River Wars
(1855–1856)
 United States Rogue River people Victory
  • Indians relocated to Siletz, Grand Ronde, and Coast Reservations
Third Seminole War
(1855–1858)
 United States Seminole Victory
Yakima War
(1855–1858)
 United States Yakama Victory
  • Peace treaty
Utah War
(1857–1858)
 United States Utah Deseret / Utah Mormons (Nauvoo Legion) Resolution
  • 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)
 United States Navajo Victory
First and Second Cortina War
(1859–1861)
United States United States
Confederate States of America Confederate States
Mexico Mexican Paramilitary Forces Victory
Paiute War
(1860)
 United States Paiute
Shoshone
Bannock
Victory
Reform War
(1860)
Mexico Mexican Liberals
 United States
Mexico Mexican Conservatives Victory
Qui Nhơn Bombardment
(1861)
 United States Ensign of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-85).png Vietnam Victory
American Civil War
(1861–1865)
 United States  Confederate States Victory
Dakota War of 1862
(1862)
 United States Dakota Sioux Victory
Colorado War
(1863–1865)
 United States Cheyenne
Arapaho
Victory
Shimonoseki War
(1863–1864)
 British Empire
 Dutch Empire
France French Empire
 United States
Flag of Choshu domain.svg Chōshū Domain Victory
  • Chōshū pays an indemnity of $3,000,000.
Snake War
(1864–1868)
 United States Paiute
Bannock
Shoshone
Victory
Powder River War
(1865)
 United States Sioux
Cheyenne
Arapaho
Victory
Red Cloud's War
(1866–1868)
 United States Lakota
Cheyenne
Arapaho
Defeat
Comanche Campaign
(1867–1875)
 United States Cheyenne
Arapaho
Comanche
Kiowa
Victory
Modoc War
(1872–1873)
 United States Modoc Victory
Red River War
(1874–1875)
 United States Cheyenne
Arapaho
Comanche
Kiowa
Victory
  • End to the Texas-Indian Wars
Las Cuevas War
(1875)
 United States Mexico Mexican militia Victory
  • Cattle returned to Texas
Great Sioux War of 1876
(1876–1877)
 United States Lakota
Northern Cheyenne
Arapaho
Victory
  • Legal control of Powder River Country ceded to the United States
Nez Perce War
(1877)
 United States Nez Perce Victory
Bannock War
(1878)
 United States Bannock
Shoshone
Victory
Cheyenne War
(1878–1879)
 United States Cheyenne Victory
Sheepeater Indian War
(1879)
 United States Shoshone Victory
White River War
(1879–1880)
 United States Ute Victory
Pine Ridge Campaign
(1890–1891)
 United States Sioux Victory
Garza Revolution
(1891–1893)
 Mexico
 United States
Garzistas Victory
Second Samoan Civil War
(1898–1899)
 Samoa
 United Kingdom
 United States
Samoa Mataafans
 Germany
Compromise
Spanish–American War
(1898)
 United States
 Cuba
Philippines Flag Original.svg Philippine Republic
Katipunan
 Spain
Victory
Philippine–American War
(1899–1902)
 United States  First Philippine Republic
First Philippine Republic Philippine Republican Army
First Philippine Republic Pulajanes
 Sulu Sultanate
Sulu Sultanate Moro
Republic of Zamboanga
Republic of Negros
Victory
Moro Rebellion
(1899–1913)
 United States
Moro
Remnants of the Sulu Sultanate
Victory
Boxer Rebellion
(1899–1901)
British Empire United Kingdom
 Russia
 Japan
France France
 United States
 Germany
 Italy
 Austria-Hungary
Righteous Harmony Society
 China
Victory
  • The rebellion was suppressed
  • Signing of the Boxer Protocol
  • Provisions for foreign troops to be stationed in Beijing

20th century wars[edit]

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result
Border War
(1910–1919)
 United States Mexican Carrancistas
 German Empire
Both sides claim victory
Occupation of Nicaragua
(1912–1933)
Part of the Banana Wars
 United States
 Nicaragua
Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaraguan Liberals
 German Empire

Political support:  Soviet Union

Victory
  • Nicaragua occupied until 1933.
  • Great Depression marked US withdrawal in 1933.
  • Change of regime in Nicaragua.
Occupation of Haiti
(1915–1934)
Part of the Banana Wars
 United States
Haiti Haiti
Haiti Haitian Rebels
 German Empire
Victory
  • Haiti occupied
Occupation of the Dominican Republic
(1916–1924)
Part of the Banana Wars
 United States
Dominican Republic Dominican Rebels
 German Empire
Victory
  • Dominican Republic occupied
World War I
(1917–1918)
 France
 United Kingdom
 Russia
 United States
Republic of China (1912–49) China
 Italy
 Japan
 Canada
 Australia
 New Zealand
 India
 South Africa
 Serbia
 Montenegro
 Romania
 Belgium
 Greece
 Portugal
 Brazil
 Germany
 Austria-Hungary
 Ottoman Empire
 Bulgaria
Victory
Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War
(1918–1920))
Part of the Russian Civil War
Russia Russian White Movement
 United Kingdom
 United States
 Japan
 Czechoslovakia
 Greece
 Poland
France France
 Romania
 Serbia
 Italy
Republic of China (1912–49) 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
World War II
(1941–1945)
 Soviet Union
 United States
 United Kingdom
 China
Free France French Resistance
 Poland
 Canada
 Australia
 New Zealand
 India
 South Africa
 Mongolia
 Yugoslavia
 Greece
 Denmark
 Norway
 Netherlands
 Philippines
 Belgium
 Luxembourg
 Czechoslovakia
 Brazil
 Mexico
 Ethiopia
North Vietnam Viet Minh
Korea KLA
 Germany
France Vichy France
 Japan
 Italy
 Hungary
 Romania
 Bulgaria
 Finland
 Thailand
 Manchukuo
 Mengjiang
 Croatia
 Slovakia
 Albania
Victory
Korean War
(1950–1953)
Part of the Cold War
 South Korea
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Australia
 Belgium
Canada
Philippines
 Colombia
Ethiopia
Greece
 Luxembourg
Netherlands
 New Zealand
South Africa
 Thailand
 Turkey

Other support:
Cuba
 El Salvador
 Japan
Spain
 Taiwan

 North Korea

 China
 Soviet Union


Other support:
 India
Mongolia

Ceasefire
  • Cease-fire armistice
  • North Korean invasion of South Korea repelled
  • UN invasion of North Korea repelled
  • Chinese-North Korean-Soviet invasion of South Korea repelled
  • Korean Demilitarized Zone established, little territorial change at the 38th parallel border
Vietnam War
(1955–1973)
Part of the Cold War and Indochina Wars
 South Vietnam
 United States
 South Korea
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Thailand
Cambodia Khmer Republic
Flag of Laos (1952-1975).svg Kingdom of Laos
 North Vietnam
Viet Cong Viet Cong
Flag of Democratic Kampuchea.svg Khmer Rouge
Flag of the People's Republic of Kampuchea.svg Khmer Issarak
Laos Pathet Lao
Defeat
Bay of Pigs Invasion
(1961)
Part of the Cold War
 United States
Cuba Cuban exiles
 Cuba
Defeat
  • U.S led invasion suppressed.
  • Failed to assassinate Fidel Castro
Occupation of the Dominican Republic
(1965–1966)
Part of the Dominican Civil War
Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg United States
Brazil Brazil
 Honduras
 Paraguay
 Nicaragua
 Dominican Republic Victory
Multinational Force in Lebanon
(1982-1984)
 Italy
 United States
 France
 United Kingdom
Islamic Jihad Organization Victory
Invasion of Grenada
(1983)
Part of the Cold War
 United States

Caribbean Peace Force:
Organization of American States
 Antigua and Barbuda
 Barbados
 Dominica
 Jamaica
 Saint Lucia
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Grenada PRG of Grenada
 Cuba

Military advisors:  Soviet Union
 North Korea[13]
 Libya[13]

Victory
  • Military dictatorship of Hudson Austin deposed
  • Defeat of Cuban military presence
  • Restoration of Constitutional Government
Invasion of Panama
(1989–1990)
 United States
Panama Panamanian Opposition
 Panama Victory
Gulf War
(1990–1991)
 Kuwait
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Saudi Arabia
 France
 Canada
 Egypt
 Syria
 Qatar
 United Arab Emirates
 Oman
 Bangladesh
Iraq Victory
Unified Task Force
(1992–1993)
Part of the ongoing Somali Civil War
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Spain
 Saudi Arabia
 Malaysia
 Pakistan
 Italy
 India
 Greece
 Germany
 France
 Canada
 Botswana
 Belgium
 Australia
Somalia Somalia Victory
  • UN humanitarian mandate fulfilled.
  • About 100,000 lives were saved by outside resistance.
  • Civil war in Somalia is still an ongoing conflict.
Intervention in Haiti
(1994–1995)
 United States
 Poland
 Argentina
 Haiti
Victory
Bosnian War
(1994–1995)
Part of the Yugoslav Wars
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
  • Dayton Accords
  • Internal partition of Bosnia and Herzegovina according to the Dayton Accords
  • Deployment of NATO-led IFOR to oversee the peace agreement
  • Massive civilian casualties for the Bosniak ethnic group
Kosovo War
(1998–1999)
Part of the Yugoslav Wars
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 Victory

21st century wars[edit]

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

 Afghanistan
 United Kingdom
 Germany
 Denmark
 Italy
 France
 Canada
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Armenia
 Georgia
 Norway
 Poland
 Estonia
 Romania
 Turkey
 Bulgaria
 Hungary
 Luxembourg
 Portugal
 Austria
 Jordan
 Albania
ISAF
Northern Alliance

Afghanistan Taliban
al-Qaeda

Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin
Hezb-e Islami Khalis
Haqqani network
Lashkar-e-Taiba
Jaish-e-Mohammed
East Turkestan Islamic Movement
Afghanistan Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan
Islamic Emirate of Waziristan
Afghanistan Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi
Islamic Jihad Union

Ongoing
Insurgency in Yemen
(2002–present)
Part of the War on Terror
 Yemen
 United States
al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
Aden-Abyan Islamic Army
Islamic Jihad of Yemen
al-Shabaab
Ongoing
  • U.S began launching drone strikes supporting the Yemeni government in its insurgency against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula since the USS Cole bombing in 2002.
  • In 2011, U.S officials announce that a military base is being created in Yemen for more operations in the future.
  • Through November and December 2014, the U.S launched hostage rescue operations in attempt to rescue 8 Yemeni and 2 American hostages.
Iraq War
(2003–2011)
Part of the War on Terror
 United States
 Iraq
 United Kingdom
 South Korea
 Italy
 Poland
 Australia
 Georgia
 Ukraine
 Estonia
 Netherlands
 Spain
 Denmark
MNF–I
Baath Loyalists
ISI
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
 Pakistan
 United States
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan
al-Qaeda
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
Lashkar-e-Islam
Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
Ongoing
  • Ongoing insurgency
  • Drone strikes being conducted by military and CIA
2011 military intervention in Libya
(2011)
Part of the Libyan Civil War and Arab Spring
Libya NLA
 Qatar
 United States
 Bulgaria
 Belgium
 Canada
 Denmark
 France
 Greece
 Italy
 Netherlands
 Norway
 Romania
 Spain
 Turkey
 United Kingdom
 Sweden
 Jordan
 United Arab Emirates
Libya Victory
2014 military intervention against ISIL
(2014–present)
Part of the Iraqi Civil War and the War on Terror
 United States

 United Kingdom
 Australia
 Belgium
 Canada
 Denmark
 France
 Germany
 Italy
 Netherlands
 New Zealand
 Spain
 Turkey
 Portugal
 Norway


Only Intervening in Syria:
 Bahrain
 Jordan
 Saudi Arabia
 United Arab Emirates
 Qatar


Ground forces in Syria:
 Iraqi Kurdistan
Iraqi Peshmerga


Local forces in Syria
Syrian Kurdistan Syrian Kurdistan
YPG
Syria Free Syrian Army



Iranian-led Coalition:
 Iran
Hezbollah


Local forces in Iraq:
 Iraq
 Iraqi Kurdistan

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Opposed by ISIL and US-led Coalition
al-Qaeda
Flag of Ansar al-Islam.svg Ansar al-Islam
al-Nusra Front
Khorasan


Ahrar ash-Sham

Ongoing
  • Airstrikes on ISIL and al-Qaeda affiliates positions in Iraq and Syria
  • Multinational humanitarian effort
  • Arming and support for local ground forces
  • 1 American humanitarian worker, 2 American journalists, 2 British humanitarian workers, and 1 French civilian executed by ISIL.
  • American-led intervention in Iraq
  • American-led intervention in Syria

See also[edit]

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