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
Northwest Indian War
(1785–1793)
 United States Western Confederacy
Kingdom of Great Britain Great Britain
Victory
Whiskey Rebellion
(1791–1794)
United States 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
Victory
  • 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[edit]

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result
First Barbary War
(1801–1805)
Part of the Barbary Wars
 United States
 Sweden
 Ottoman Empire
(de jure)

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
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
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 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
Second Sumatran expedition
(1838)
United States United States
 Netherlands
Chiefdom of Kuala Batee Victory
Patriot War
(1838)
Part of the Rebellions of 1837
United Kingdom United Kingdom

United States United States

Hunters' Lodge
Flag of the Republic of Canada.svg Republic of Canada
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
Second Opium War
(1856–1860)
 United Kingdom
 India
France France
 United States
 China Victory
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
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
Snake War
(1864–1868)
 United States Paiute
Bannock
Shoshone
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
Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii
(1893)
 United States
Hawaii Hawaiian League
Hawaii Kingdom of Hawaii Victory
  • Hawaiian Kingdom surrender
  • Queen Liliuokalani relinquishes power
  • Provisional Government established
  • Hawaii organized into a territory (1898), then a state of the United States (1959)
  • 50th territory granted Statehood
Second Samoan Civil War
(1898–1899)
 Samoa
 United Kingdom
 United States
Samoa Mataafans
 Germany
Compromise
Spanish–American War
(1898)
 United States  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
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
Mexico Carrancistas
 Mexico
 Germany
Victory
World War I
(1917–1918)
 France
 United Kingdom
 Russia
 United States
Republic of China (1912–49) China
 Italy
 Japan
 Canada
 Australia
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 India
 Serbia
 Montenegro
 Romania
 Belgium
 Greece
 Portugal
 Brazil
 Germany
 Austria-Hungary
 Ottoman Empire
 Bulgaria
Victory
Russian Civil War
(1917–1922)
Russia White Russia

 British Empire

 Empire of Japan
 Czechoslovakia
 Greece
 United States
 France
 Serbia
 Romania
 Italy
 China

Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Russian SFSR

 Far Eastern Republic
Latvian SSR
Ukrainian SSR
Commune of Estonia
Mongolian communists

Withdrawal
  • White Movement defeated
World War II
(1941–1945)
 Soviet Union
 United States
 United Kingdom
 China
Free France French Resistance
 Poland
 Canada
 Australia
 New Zealand
 India
 South Africa
 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
 Croatia
 Slovakia
Victory
Korean War
(1950–1953)
Part of the Cold War
 South Korea
 United Nations
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Canada
 Turkey
 Australia
Ethiopian Empire Ethiopia
 Philippines
 New Zealand
 Thailand
Hellenic Kingdom Flag 1935.svg Greece
 France
 Colombia
 Belgium
 South Africa
 Netherlands
 Luxembourg
 North Korea
 China
 Soviet Union
Indecisive
  • 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
(1953–1975)
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
Withdrawal
Operation Power Pack
(1965–1966)
Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg United States
Brazil Brazil
 Honduras
 Paraguay
 Nicaragua
 Dominican Republic Victory
First Gulf of Sidra incident
(1981)
 United States Libya 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[9]
 Libya[9]

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
Persian Gulf War
(1990–1991)
 Kuwait
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Saudi Arabia
 France
 Canada
 Egypt
 Syria
 Qatar
 United Arab Emirates
 Oman
 Bangladesh
Iraq Victory
Operation Restore Hope
(1992–1994)
Part of the Somali Civil War
 United States
 Malaysia
 Pakistan
Somalia USC Victory
  • UN humanitarian mandate fulfilled.
Bosnian War
(1993–1995)
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
Victory
  • 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.
Operation Uphold Democracy
(1994–1995)
 United States
 Poland
 Argentina
 Haiti Victory
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
 Georgia
 Poland
 Romania
 Turkey
 Bulgaria
 Portugal
 Romania
 Albania
ISAF


 Iran
Northern Alliance

Afghanistan Taliban
al-Qaeda

IMU
HI-Gulbuddin
HI-Khalis
Haqqani network
Lashkar-e-Taiba
JeM
ETIM
Afghanistan TTP
IEW
Afghanistan TNSM
IJU


Afghanistan Afghanistan

Ongoing
Iraq War
(2003–2011)
Part of the War on Terror
 United States
 Iraq
 United Kingdom
 South Korea
 Italy
 Poland
 Australia
 Georgia
 Ukraine
 Netherlands
 Spain
 Denmark
MNF–I
Baath Loyalists
ISIS
al-Qaeda in Iraq
Mahdi Army
Special Groups
IAI
Ansar al-Sunnah

Iraq Iraq
 Syria

Victory
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 ISIS
(2014–present)
Part of the Iraqi Civil War
 United States

 France
 Australia
 United Kingdom
 United Arab Emirates
 Belgium
 Denmark
 Netherlands
 Jordan
 Bahrain
 Saudi Arabia


 Iraqi Kurdistan


Kurdistan Workers' Party


Syrian Syriacs and Kurds


Humanitarian support


Iraq Iraq
Supported by:

Military aid:

Islamic State

Flag of Ansar al-Islam.svg Ansar al-Islam
IAILogo.png Islamic Army in Iraq
Hamas of Iraq
Mujahideen Army
1920 Revolution Brigade
Iraqi Ba'ath Party loyalists
Logo of the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order.png Naqshbandi Army
Emblem of the General Military Council for Iraqi Revolutionaries.svg General Military Council for Iraqi Revolutionaries
Logo of the Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation.png Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation

Ongoing
  • U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State positions inside of Syria and Iraq.
  • Multinational humanitarian effort
  • Two American, and one British journalist executed; Australian public attack attempt prevented by Australian police officials.
  • American-led intervention in Syria
American-led intervention in Syria
(2014–present)
Part of the 2014 military intervention against ISIS and the Spillover of the Syrian Civil War
 United States

 Bahrain
 Jordan
 Saudi Arabia
 United Arab Emirates
 Qatar

Islamic State
al-Qaeda
Al-Nusra Front
Khorasan
Ongoing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Wait, Eugene M. (1999). America and the War of 1812. Nova Publishers. p. 78. ISBN 978-1-56072-644-9. 
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  5. ^ Cuba in the World, 1979. Page 66
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  7. ^ "Bilaterální vztahy České republiky a Vietnamské socialistické republiky | Mezinárodní vztahy | e-Polis – Internetový politologický časopis". E-polis.cz. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  8. ^ "Foreign Affairs in the 1960s and 1970s". Bulgaria Country Study. Library of Congress. 1992. "Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Bulgaria gave official military support to many national liberation causes, most notably in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, (North Vietnam)..." 
  9. ^ a b Operation Urgent Fury GlobalSecurity.org
  10. ^ "Sectarian divisions change Baghdad’s image". MSNBC. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2007. 
  11. ^ "U.S. says Iraq pullout won't cause dramatic violence". MSNBC. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010. [dead link]
  12. ^ "UK 'to continue deporting failed Iraqi asylum seekers'". BBC. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  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. 

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