Please Note: It is important to note that wars are intricate and complicated endeavors, and that these summaries are meant to provide a quick overview, and do not delve into the many complexities involved in each individual war.
Intervention in Lebanon → 1958
The first implementation of the Eisenhower Doctrine, under which the US pledged support to nations resisting Communist interference.
Bay of Pigs Invasion → 1961
The failed attempt by the US to invade Cuba and over throw Fidel Castro and his regime.
Dominican Civil War → 1965-1966
Lyndon B. Johnson ordered Marines to Santo Domingo, hoping to restore peace in the island nation.
Multinational Force in Lebanon → 1982-1984
Peacekeeping forces stationed in Lebanon to oversee the withdrawal of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Invasion of Grenada → 1983
US Forces were deployed to overthrow a Communist government, and did so in two months.
Invasion of Panama → 1989-1990
The US invaded in order to overthrow dictator Manuel Noriega and charge him for drug trafficking.
Iraqi No-Fly Zones → 1991-2003
US troops placed to enforce no-fly zones, in order to protect Kurds and Shiite Muslims from attacks by Saddam Hussein’s government.
Somali Civil War → 1992-1995
International peacekeepers sent to provide humanitarian relief to citizens.
Intervention in Haiti → 1994-1995
The US became involved in order to overthrow the regime of Raoul Cedras and restore the democratic government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Bosnian War → 1994-1995
US supplied food to Muslim enclaves in the region via airdrops, and enacted a no-fly zone over the country.
Kosovo War → 1998-1999
The US intervened to stop the genocide of Albanian Muslims by Slobodan Milosevic.
War in Pakistan → 2004-present
Fought in Pakistan as an ally in the War on Terror.
Operation Ocean Shield → 2009-present
NATO’s mission to stop pirate attacks off the Horn of Africa and in the Gulf of Aden.
Libyan Civil War → 2011
At first involvement was purely diplomatic, but the US eventually began bombing campaigns in order to weaken dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s military capacity.
War on ISIL → 2014-present
International coalition in order to curb worldwide attacks by the terrorist network ISIS.
95,505 Peacetime veterans
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