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

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
Whiskey Rebellion
(1791–1794)
 United States Frontier tax protesters Victory
  • Armed resistance eliminated.
  • Minor tax evasion
Quasi-War
(1798–1800)
Part of the French Revolutionary War
 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

19th century wars

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)
 United States
Lower Creeks
Cherokee
Choctaw
Red Stick Creek Victory
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
Watermelon War
(1856)
 United States of America  Republic of New Granada Victory
  • Riot put down by Randolph Runnels and his men
  • Herrán-Cass Agreement signed
  • New Granadian government established a sum compensation of $412,394 in gold for damages
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
Cochinchina Campaign
(1858–1862)
 France
 Spain
 United States
Nguyễn Dynasty 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
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

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result
Border War
(1910–1919)
Part of the Mexican Revolution
 United States Mexican Carrancistas
German Empire Germany
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 Germany

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 Germany
Victory
  • Haiti occupied
Occupation of the Dominican Republic
(1916–1924)
Part of the Banana Wars
 United States
Dominican Republic Dominican Rebels
German Empire Germany
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
 El Salvador
 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
 Guatemala

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
U.S intervention in Lebanon
(1958)
Lebanon Lebanese Government
 United States
INM
LCP
PSP
Victory
Bay of Pigs Invasion
(1961)
Part of the Cold War
 United States
Cuba CDRF
Cuba 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
 Bahrain
 United Arab Emirates
 Oman
 Bangladesh
Iraq Victory
Iraqi no-fly zones conflict
(1991–2003)
 United States
 United Kingdom
 France
 Australia
 Belgium
 Netherlands
 Saudi Arabia
 Turkey
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

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result
War in Afghanistan
(2001–present)
Part of the War on Terror and the
Afghan Civil War
NATO Resolute Advisory
 United States
 Afghanistan
ISAF
 United Kingdom
 Germany
 Denmark
 Italy
 France
 Canada
 Australia
 New Zealand
 El Salvador
 Armenia
 Georgia
 Norway
 Sweden
 Poland
 Estonia
 Romania
 Turkey
 Bulgaria
 Hungary
 Luxembourg
 Portugal
 Austria
 Jordan
 Albania
 Iceland
Northern Alliance
Afghanistan Taliban
al-Qaeda
Mujahideen
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
Haqqani network
East Turkestan Islamic Movement
Afghanistan Pakistani Taliban
Islamic Jihad Union
Islamic militias
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
  • Since 2002, the U.S began launching drone strikes supporting the Yemeni government in its combat operations against al-Qaeda insurgents in the Arabian Peninsula.
  • Eight Yemeni captives were freed, and two American hostages were killed during hostage rescue missions by Yemeni and American forces.
Iraq War
(2003–2011)
Part of the War on Terror and Iraqi Insurgency
 United States
 Iraq
 United Kingdom
 South Korea
 Italy
 Poland
 Australia
 Georgia
 Ukraine
 Estonia
 Netherlands
 Spain
 Denmark
MNF–I
Baath 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
 Pakistan
 United States
Taliban in Pakistan
al-Qaeda
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
Lashkar-e-Islam
Tehreek
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
East Turkestan Islamic Movement
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
International intervention against ISIL
(2014–present)
Part of the Iraqi Insurgency, Spillover of the Syrian Civil War, and the War on Terror
Intervention in Iraq:
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Iraq
 Iraqi Kurdistan
 Australia
 Belgium
 Canada
 Denmark
 France
 Germany
 Italy
 Netherlands
 New Zealand
 Spain
 Turkey
 Portugal
 Norway


Iranian-led Coalition:
 Iran
Hezbollah
 Iraq
Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq
Badr Organization
Kata'ib Hezbollah
Muqawimun

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Opposed by ISIL and Coalition:
al-Qaeda
al-Nusra Front
Khorasan


Ahrar ash-Sham

Ongoing

See also

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