List of wars involving the United States

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

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

Mysore
Vermont


Oneida
Tuscarora
Watauga Association
Catawba
Lenape

 Kingdom of Great Britain
Kingdom of Great Britain Loyalists
Kingdom of Prussia German Auxiliaries

Iroquois
Onondaga
Mohawk
Cayuga
Seneca
Cherokee Nation Cherokee

Victory
Northwest Indian War
(1785–1793)
 United States Western Confederacy
Kingdom of Great Britain British Canada
Victory
Quasi-War
(1798–1800)
 United States France France Tactical Victory
  • End of French privateer attacks on American shipping
  • American neutrality and renunciation of claims against France
First Barbary War
(1801–1805)
Part of the Barbary Wars
 United States
 Sweden
Ottoman Empire Ottoman Empire

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
Indian Confederation:

Spain Spain

Stalemate
  • Treaty of Ghent
  • United States retained its independence
  • Defeat of Tecumseh's Indian Confederation
Second Barbary War
(1815)
Part of the Barbary Wars
 United States Ottoman Empire Ottoman Empire

Morocco Sultanate of Morocco

Victory
  • Peace treaty
West Indies Anti-Piracy Operations
(1817–1825)
 United States Caribbean Pirates Victory
First Seminole War
(1817–1818)
 United States Seminole
Spain Spanish Florida
Victory
African Anti-Slavery Operations
(1819–1861)
 United States African Slave Traders Victory
  • Atlantic slave trade suppressed by 1861
Callao Affair
(1820)
 United States  Spain Victory
  • Spanish vow to punish those responsible for attacks on American shipping
Arikara War
(1823)
 United States Arikara Victory
Aegean Anti-Piracy Operations
(1825–1828)
 United States First Hellenic Republic Greek Pirates 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)
Part of the Sumatran Expeditions
 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
  • Successful expedition
  • Victory in battle with aboriginals
Second Sumatran Expedition
(1838–1839)
Part of the Sumatran Expeditions
 United States
 Netherlands
Chiefdom of Quallah Battoo Victory
  • Malays agree to cease attacks on American vessels
Capture of Monterey
(1842)
 United States  Mexico Victory
  • United States captures Monterey
  • Monterey was released and the Mexican troops were freed after the news that war had broken out between the United States and Mexico turned out to be false
Battle of Kororareka
(1845)
 United Kingdom
 United States
Māori Victory
  • Kororareka captured
  • Successful British and American rescue operations
Mexican–American War
(1846–1848)
 United States  Mexico Victory
Cayuse War
(1847–1855)
 United States Cayuse Victory
Pitt River Expedition
(1850)
 United States Tolowa
Nomlaki
Chimariko
Wintun
Victory
Apache Wars
(1851–1900)
 United States Apache
Ute
Yavapai
Victory
Bombardment of San Juan del Norte
(1854)
 United States Nicaragua Victory
  • Town severely damaged
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
Battle of Ty-ho Bay
(1855)
 United Kingdom
 United States
Qing Dynasty Chinese Pirates Victory
First Fiji Expedition
(1855)
Part of the Fiji Expeditions
 United States  Fiji Victory
  • American victory in battle, objective failed
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
Second Fiji Expedition
(1858)
Part of the Fiji Expeditions
 United States  Fiji Victory
Paraguay Expedition
(1859)
 United States  Paraguay Victory
  • Paraguay extended an apology to the United States, indemnified the family of the slain Water Witch crewman, and granted the United States a new and highly advantageous commercial treaty
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
Co-combatant:
British Empire British Empire
Victory
Bombardment of Qui Nhơn
(1861)
Part of the Cochinchina Campaign
 United States Dai Nam Victory
  • Fort silenced
Dakota War of 1862
(1862)
 United States Dakota Sioux Victory
Colorado War
(1863–1865)
 United States Cheyenne
Arapaho
Victory
Battles for Shimonoseki
(1863–1864)
 United Kingdom
 Netherlands
France France
 United States
Chōshū Domain Victory
Snake War
(1864–1868)
 United States Paiute
Bannock
Shoshone
Victory
Powder River Expedition
(1865)
 United States Sioux
Cheyenne
Arapaho
Victory
  • Raids along Bozeman trail stopped
Red Cloud's War
(1866–1868)
 United States Lakota
Cheyenne
Arapaho
Defeat
Comanche Campaign
(1867–1875)
 United States Cheyenne
Arapaho
Comanche
Kiowa
Victory
Formosa Expedition
(1867)
 United States Paiwan Objectives Failed
  • American objectives failed
Korean Expedition
(1871)
 United States Korea 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
Black Hills War
(1876–1877)
 United States Lakota
Northern Cheyenne
Arapaho
Victory
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
Brazilian Naval Revolt
(1893–1894)
 United States
 Brazil
Empire of Brazil Brazilian Rebels Victory
  • Mutiny suppressed
Second Samoan Civil War
(1898–1899)
 Samoa
 United Kingdom
 United States
Samoa Mataafans
 Germany
Compromise
Spanish–American War
(1898)
 United States  Spain Victory
Moro Rebellion
(1899–1913)
 United States
Philippine Constabulary
Sulu Sultanate
Moro
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
Border War
(1910–1919)
 United States  Mexico
 Germany
Inconclusive
Occupation of Nicaragua
(1912–1933)
Part of the Banana Wars
 United States  Nicaragua Victory
  • Nicaragua occupied
  • Great Depression marks withdrawal of American troops
  • Change of regime in Nicaragua
Occupation of Haiti
(1915–1934)
Part of the Banana Wars
 United States  Haiti Victory
  • Haiti occupied
Occupation of the Dominican Republic
(1916–1924)
Part of the Banana Wars
 United States  Dominican Republic Victory
  • Dominican Republic occupied
World War I
(1917–1918)
 France
 United Kingdom
 Russia
 United States
Republic of China (1912–1949) China
 Italy
 Japan
 Canada
 Australia
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 India
 Serbia
 Romania
 Belgium
 Greece
 Portugal
 Brazil
 Germany
 Austria-Hungary
 Ottoman Empire
 Bulgaria
Victory
Russian Civil War
(1918–1920)
Russia White Movement
 France
 United Kingdom
 United States
Republic of China (1912–1949) China
 Italy
 Japan
 Canada
 Australia
 India
 Serbia
 Romania
 Greece
 Czechoslovakia
 Poland
 Estonia
 Russian SFSR
 Far Eastern Republic
Latvian SSR
Ukrainian SSR
Commune of Estonia
Mongolian Communists
Withdrawal
  • Allied withdrawal from Russia
  • Bolshevik victory over White Army
  • Birth of an independent state, the Republic of Estonia
World War II
(1941–1945)
 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
 Germany
 Japan
 Italy
 Hungary
 Romania
 Bulgaria
 Finland
 Thailand
 Manchukuo
 Croatia
 Slovakia
Victory
Puerto Rican Nationalist Party Revolts
(1950)
 United States PRNP Victory
  • Continued American rule over Puerto Rico.
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
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.
First Indochina War
(1950–1954)
Part of the Cold War
 France
South Vietnam State of Vietnam
Flag of Cambodia under French protection.svg Cambodia
Laos Kingdom of Laos
 United Kingdom
 India
 United States
Flag of North Vietnam 1945-1955.svg Viet Minh
Laos Pathet Lao
Flag of the People's Republic of Kampuchea.svg Khmer Issarak
Flag of the People's Republic of Kampuchea.svg UIF
Withdrawal
Air battle over Merklín
(1953)
Part of the Cold War
 United States  Czechoslovakia F-84 bomber shot down
Vietnam War
(1953–1975)
Part of the Cold War and the
Second Indochina War
 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
 North Korea
 China
 Soviet Union
Withdrawal
Laotian Civil War
(1953–1975)
Part of the Cold War and the
Second Indochina War
Flag of Laos (1952-1975).svg Kingdom of Laos
Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg United States
Flag of South Vietnam.svg South Vietnam
 Thailand
Laos Pathet Lao
Vietnam North Vietnam
Withdrawal
Lebanon crisis
(1958)
 Lebanon
 United States
INM
LCP
PSP
Indecisive
  • US/Lebanese occupation of the Port of Beirut
  • US/Lebanese occupation of Beirut International Airport
  • Withdrawal of US forces
  • Lebanese President resigns
  • Sectarian and political tensions intensify.
Congo Crisis
(1960–1965)
Part of the Cold War
 United States
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo
Stanleyville Congo
Simba Maoists

 Katanga
 South Kasai
 Belgium

Victory
Bay of Pigs Invasion
(1961)
Part of the Cold War
 United States
Cuba Brigade 2506
 Cuba Brigade 2506 Defeated
  • Invasion repelled.
  • Brigade 2506 returned to the United States in an exchange.
Colombian conflict
(1964–present)
 Colombia
 United States
Colombia FARC
ELN
EPL
Ongoing
  • Ongoing conflict.
Occupation of the Dominican Republic
(1965–1966)
Part of the Cold War
 United States
 Brazil
 Honduras
 Paraguay
 Nicaragua
 Costa Rica
 El Salvador
 Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic PRD
Victory
War in Bolivia
(1966–1967)
Part of the Cold War
 Bolivia
 United States
ELN Victory
  • Defeat of the guerrilla forces.
  • Execution of Che Guevara.
Korean DMZ Conflict
(1966–1969)
Part of the Cold War
 South Korea
 United States
 North Korea Ceasefire
Cambodian Civil War
(1970–1975)
Part of the Cold War and the
Second Indochina War
Cambodia
Cambodia Khmer Republic
 United States
 South Vietnam
FUNK
Vietnam North Vietnam
Viet Cong Viet Cong
Withdrawal
Soviet war in Afghanistan
(1979–1989)
Part of the Cold War and the
Conflict in Afghanistan
Peshawar Seven
 United States

Iran Tehran Eight


AMFFF
 Soviet Union
DR Afghanistan
Victory
First Gulf of Sidra incident
(1981)
 United States Libya Victory
Lebanese Civil War
(1982–1984)
 Lebanon

 United States
 France
 Italy
 United Kingdom


 Syria
 Sudan
 Saudi Arabia
Libya
 United Arab Emirates

LF
SLA
 Israel

Lebanon Tigers Militia


Lebanon Marada Brigades


Lebanon LNM
Lebanon LNRF
PLO


Amal Movement
Hezbollah
 Iran


IUM

Taif Agreement
  • Christian 6:5 ascendancy replaced by 1:1 representation
  • Muslim prime-ministerial powers strengthened
  • PLO expulsion from Lebanon
  • Syrian occupation of most of Lebanon
  • Israeli occupation of South Lebanon
Invasion of Grenada
(1983)
Part of the Cold War
 United States
 Antigua and Barbuda
 Barbados
 Dominica
 Jamaica
 Saint Lucia
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Grenada
 Cuba
 North Korea
Victory
Action in the Gulf of Sidra
(1986)
 United States Libya Tactical victory
Bombing of Libya
(1986)
 United States Libya Victory
Operation Earnest Will
(1987–1988)
Part of the Iran–Iraq War
 United States  Iran Ceasefire
Operation Prime Chance
(1987–1989)
Part of the Iran-Iraq War
 United States  Iran Victory
Operation Nimble Archer
(1987)
Part of the Iran-Iraq War
 United States  Iran Indecisive
  • Two Iranian oil platforms heavily damaged
Operation Praying Mantis
(1988)
Part of the Iran-Iraq War
 United States  Iran Victory
Second Gulf of Sidra incident
(1989)
 United States Libya Tactical victory
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
Iraqi no-fly zones conflict
(1991–2003)
Part of the Iraqi–Kurdish conflict
 United States
 United Kingdom
 France
 Australia
 Belgium
Iraq
 Jordan
Victory
  • No fly zones enforced through airpower.
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
Operation Infinite Reach
(1998)
 United States al-Qaeda
HUM
Sudan NIF
Indecisive
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 Both sides claim victory
War in Afghanistan
(2001–present)
Part of the War on Terror and the
Conflict in Afghanistan
 United States

 Afghanistan
 United Kingdom
 Germany
 Italy
 France
 Canada
 Australia
 Georgia
 Poland
 Romania
 Turkey
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
Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines
(2002–present)
Part of the War on Terror and the
Moro insurgency in the Philippines
 Philippines
 United States
 Australia
Moro Islamic Front
Abu Sayyaf
Jemaah Islamiyah
Ongoing
  • Ongoing conflict.
Operation Enduring Freedom – Horn of Africa
(2002–present)
Part of the War on Terror and the
Somali Civil War
 United States
 Djibouti
 Somalia
 Ethiopia
 Sudan
 Seychelles
 Kenya
AIAI

ICU
al-Shabaab
Hizbul Islam
al-Qaeda

Ongoing
  • Ongoing conflict.
Second Liberian Civil War
(2003)
Liberia LURD
Liberia MODEL
 Sierra Leone
 Guinea
 United Kingdom
 United States
 Liberia Victory
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
War in North-West Pakistan
(2004–present)
Part of the War on Terror
 Pakistan
 United States
Afghanistan Taliban
Afghanistan TTP
Afghanistan TNSM
al-Qaeda
Lashkar-e-Islam
IMU
Ghazi Force
Ongoing
  • Ongoing insurgency
  • Large part of FATA under Taliban control
  • Shifting public support for the Pakistani government.
War in Somalia
(2006–2009)
Part of the War on Terror and the
Somali Civil War
 Ethiopia

Somalia TFG
 Puntland
Somalia Galmudug
Somalia Sufi groups
 United States
 Uganda
 Burundi
 Nigeria
 Ghana
 Malawi

ICU
OLF

ARS
al-Shabaab
RKB
Jabhatul Islamiya
Muaskar Anole
al-Qaeda

Defeat
  • Islamists re-take Mogadishu & much of southern and central Somalia, including the TFG headquarters at Baidoa, which was seized by al-Shabaab
  • Ethiopian troops withdraw from the country
  • Moderate Islamist leader and ARS-chairman Sharif Ahmed becomes new Somali president
  • Enforcement of Sharia Law by Sharif Ahmed administration.
Operation Enduring Freedom – Trans Sahara
(2007–present)
Part of the War on Terror and the
Insurgency in the Maghreb
 United States
 Algeria
 Morocco
 Mauritania
 Tunisia
 Burkina Faso
AQIM
Ansar Dine
Ongoing
  • Ongoing conflict.
Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen
(2010–present)
Part of the War on Terror
 Yemen
 United States
Ansar al-Sharia Ongoing
  • al-Qaeda holds partial control in Yemen.
Libyan Civil War
(2011)
Part of the 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
Operation Neptune Spear
(2011)
Part of the War on Terror and the Death of Osama bin Laden
United States United States
Pakistan Pakistan
al-Qaeda al-Qaeda Victory
2011 NATO attack in Pakistan
(2011)
Part of the War in Afghanistan and Pakistan-United States skirmishes
NATO NATO Pakistan Pakistan Victory
  • Pakistan closes NATO supply routes through Pakistan
  • Pakistan evicts the United States from Shamsi Airfield
  • Pakistan Army put on heightened alert on Pak-Afghan border
  • Pakistan boycotts the 2nd Bonn Conference on Afghanistan
  • Heightened tensions between Pakistan and the USA
LRA insurgency
(2011–present)
 Uganda
 South Sudan
Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo
 Central African Republic
 United States
LRA Ongoing
  • Founder and current leader Joseph Kony whereabouts unknown
  • LRA may continue to commit attacks in the eastern DRC, and increasingly so in the CAR

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