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1948 – Berlin: on June 24, 1948, the America airlifted supplies to Berlin after Russia the blockaded the city
1948–49 – China: Marines dispatched to Nanking and Shanghai to protect and evacuate of Americans.
1950–53 – Korean War: America responded to the North Korean invasion of South Korea by deploying over
300,000 troops in Korea.
1950–55 – Formosa: President Truman ordered the U.S. Seventh Fleet to prevent Chinese Communist attacks
on Chinese Nationalist.
1954–55 – China: Naval units evacuated U.S. civilians and military personnel from the Tachen Islands.
1955–64 – Vietnam: First military advisors sent to Vietnam on 12 Feb 1955. By 1964, US troop levels had
grown to 21,000.
1956 – Egypt: A marine battalion evacuated US nationals Alexandria during the Suez Crisis.
1958 – Lebanon: 1958 Lebanon crisis, Marines were landed in Lebanon.
1959–60 – Caribbean: Second Marine Ground Task Force was deployed to protect U.S. nationals following the
Cuban Revolution.
1959–75 – Vietnam War: U.S. escalated its Military to 543,000 by April 1969, but decided to fight a “nice” war
with limited weapons. We did not bomb their capital city or ports where they were receiving aid.
1961 – Cuba: The Bay of Pigs Invasion, An unsuccessful military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the CIAsponsored group of Cubans on 17 April 1961, when President Kennedy withdrew our air and naval support.
1962 – Thailand: The Third Marine Expeditionary Unit landed on May 17, to support that country during the
threat of Communist pressure from outside.
1962 – Cuba: Cuban missile crisis, On October 22, President Kennedy instituted a "quarantine" on the
shipment of missiles to Cuba and warned Russia that the launching of any missile from Cuba would bring
about U.S. nuclear retaliation on the Soviet Union. A settlement was achieved in a few days. However,
Kennedy caved in and agreed not to build a defensive missile system in Western nations bordering Russia and
not to invade Cuba.
1962–75 – Laos: From October 1962 to 1975, America supported anti-Communist forces.
1964 – Congo (Zaïre): America sent four transport planes to airlift Congolese troops during a rebellion and to
transport Belgian paratroopers to rescue foreigners.
1965 – Invasion of Dominican Republic: America intervened to protect lives and property during a Dominican
revolt and sent 20,000 U.S. troops as fears grew that revolutionary forces were coming increasingly under
Communist control. A revolution is crushed when U.S. Marines land to uphold the military regime by force.
1967 – Congo (Zaïre): The United States sent three military transport aircraft with crews to provide the Congo
central government with logistical support during a revolt.
1968 – Laos & Cambodia: U.S. starts secret bombing campaign against targets along the Ho Chi Minh trail in
the sovereign nations of Cambodia and Laos. Bombing lasted at least two years.
1970 – Cambodia: U.S. troops ordered into Cambodia to clean out Communist sanctuaries from which Viet
Cong and North Vietnamese attacked U.S. and South Vietnamese forces in Vietnam. The object of this attack
was to ensure the continuing safe withdrawal of American forces from South Vietnam and to assist the
program of Vietnamization.
1972 – North Vietnam: Christmas bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong by B-52 bombers leads to peace
negotiations. The operation was conducted from 18–29 December 1972.
1973 – Operation Nickel Grass, a strategic airlift operation conducted by the United States to deliver weapons
and supplies to Israel during the Yom Kippur War.
1974 – Evacuation from Cyprus: United States naval forces evacuated U.S. civilians during the Turkish invasion
of Cyprus.
1975 – Evacuation from Vietnam: On April 3, 1975, President Ford reported U.S. naval vessels, helicopters, and
Marines sent to assist in evacuation of refugees and US nationals from Vietnam.
1975 – Evacuation from Cambodia: April 12, 1975, President Ford reports he had ordered U.S. military forces
to proceed with the evacuation of U.S. citizens from Cambodia.
1975 – South Vietnam: April 30: President Ford authorizes a force of 70 evacuation helicopters and 865
Marines to evacuate about 1,400 U.S. citizens and 5,500 third country nationals and South Vietnamese.
1975 – Cambodia: Mayaguez incident, May 15, 1975, President Ford reported he had ordered military forces
to retake the SS Mayaguez, a merchant vessel seized by Cambodian naval patrol boats in international waters.
1976 – Lebanon: On July 22 and 23, 1976, helicopters from five U.S. naval vessels evacuated approximately
250 Americans and Europeans from Lebanon during fighting between Lebanese factions.
1976 – Korea: Additional forces sent to Korea after two American soldiers were killed by North Korean soldiers
in the demilitarized zone while cutting down a tree.
1978 – Zaïre (Congo): From May 19 through June, the United States utilized military transport aircraft to
provide logistical support to Belgian and French rescue operations in Zaïre.
1980 – Iran: On April 26, President Carter reported the use of six U.S. transport planes and eight helicopters in
an unsuccessful attempt to rescue the American hostages in Iran.
1980 – U.S. Army and Air Force units arrive in the Sinai to train with Egyptian armed forces as part of the Camp
David peace accords signed in 1979. This is first U.S. military force in the region since World War II.
1981 – El Salvador: After a guerrilla offensive against the government of El Salvador, additional U.S. military
advisers were sent to El Salvador, bringing the total to approximately 55, to assist in training government
forces in counterinsurgency.
1981 – Libya: August 19: U.S. planes from carrier USS Nimitz shoot down two Libyan jets over the Gulf of Sidra
after one of the Libyan jets had fired a heat-seeking missile. Libya claimed Gulf of Sidra as territorial waters
but the United States claimed it was international waters.
1982 – Sinai: On March 19, 1982, President Reagan reported the deployment of military personnel and
equipment to participate in the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai.
1982 – Lebanon: August 21: President Reagan dispatched 800 Marines to serve in the multinational force to
assist in the withdrawal of members of the Palestine Liberation force from Beirut.
1982–83 – Lebanon: September 29, President Reagan reports deployment of 1200 marines to facilitate the
restoration of Lebanese government sovereignty. September 29, 1983, Congress passed the Multinational
Force in Lebanon Resolution authorizing the continued participation for eighteen months.
1983 – Egypt: After a Libyan plane bombed a city in Sudan on March 18, 1983, and Sudan and Egypt appealed
for assistance, the United States dispatched an AWACS electronic surveillance plane to Egypt.
1983 – Grenada: Citing increased threat of Soviet and Cuban influence and the development of an
international airport following a coup d'état and alignment with the Soviet Union and Cuba, the U.S. invades
1983–89 – Honduras: In July 1983, the United States undertook a series of exercises in Honduras. On March
25, 1986, unarmed U.S. military helicopters and crewmen ferried Honduran troops to the Nicaraguan border
to repel Nicaraguan troops.
1983 – Chad: August 8, President Reagan reported deployment of two AWACS electronic surveillance planes
and eight F-15 fighter planes and ground logistical support forces to assist Chad against Libyan and rebel
1984 – Persian Gulf: June 5: Saudi Arabian jet fighter planes, aided by a U.S. electronic surveillance aircraft and
fueled by a U.S. KC-10 tanker, shot down two Iranian fighter planes over an area of the Persian Gulf
proclaimed as a protected zone for shipping.
1985 – Italy: On October 10: U.S. Navy pilots intercept an Egyptian airliner and force it to land in Sicily. Airliner
was carrying the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro who had killed an American citizen during the
1986 – Libya: March 26: President Reagan reports on March 24 and 25, U.S. forces, while engaged in
navigation exercises in the Gulf of Sidra, had been attacked by Libyan missiles and the United States had
responded with missiles.
1986 – Bolivia: U.S. Army personnel and aircraft assisted Bolivia in anti-drug operations.
1987 – Persian Gulf: May 17: USS Stark struck by two Exocet anti-ship missiles fired from an Iraqi Dassault
Mirage F1 during the Iran–Iraq War, killing 37 U.S. Navy sailors.
1987 – Persian Gulf: October 19: Attacks on two Iranian oil platforms by United States Navy forces. Attack was
a response to Iran's October 16th attack on the MV Sea Isle City, a reflagged Kuwaiti oil tanker at anchor off
Kuwait, with a Silkworm missile.
1987–88 – Persian Gulf: After the Iran–Iraq War, in several military incidents in the Persian Gulf, the United
States increased U.S. joint military forces operations in the Persian Gulf and adopted a policy of reflagging and
escorting Kuwaiti oil tankers through the Persian Gulf to protect them from Iraqi and Iranian attacks. President
Reagan reported that U.S. ships had been fired upon or struck mines or taken other military action on
September 21, October 8, and October 19, 1987 and April 18, July 3, and July 14, 1988. The United States
gradually reduced its forces after a cease-fire between Iran and Iraq. It was the largest naval convoy operation
since World War II.
1988 – Persian Gulf: Action taken by U.S. naval forces in retaliation for the Iranian mining of the Persian Gulf
and the subsequent damage to an American warship.
1988 – Honduras: Emergency deployment of U.S. troops to Honduras in 1988, as a result of threatening
actions by the forces of the socialist Nicaraguans.
1988 – USS Vincennes shoots down of Iran Air Flight 655.
1988 – Panama: March and April: During period of instability in Panama, America increased pressure on
Panamanian head of state General Manuel Noriega to resign. America sent 1,000 troops to Panama, to
"further safeguard the canal, US lives, and interests in the area”, supplementing 10,000 military personnel
already there.
1989 – Libya: January 4th: Two U.S. Navy F-14 aircraft from the USS John F. Kennedy shoot down two Libyan jet
fighters over the Mediterranean Sea. U.S. pilots said the Libyan planes had demonstrated hostile intentions.
1989 – Panama: May 11th: In response to General Noriega's disregard of the results of the election, President
Bush ordered a brigade-sized force of approximately 1,900 troops to augment the 1,000 U.S. forces there.
1989 – Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru: September 15th: President Bush sends military and law enforcement
assistance to help the Andean nations to combat illicit drug producers and traffickers. By mid-September there
were 50–100 U.S. military advisers in Colombia in connection with transport and training in the use of military
equipment, plus seven Special Forces to train troops in the three countries.
1989 – Philippines: December 2nd: President Bush reported that Air Force fighters from Clark Air Base in Luzon
had assisted the Aquino government to repel a coup attempt. In addition, 100 marines were sent from U.S.
Naval Base Subic Bay to protect the United States Embassy in Manila.
1989–90 – Panama: December 21st: President Bush reports that he has ordered U.S. military forces to invade
Panama to protect the lives of American citizens and bring General Noriega to justice. By February 13, all the
invasion forces had been withdrawn. Around 200 Panamanian civilians were reported killed. The Panamanian
head of state, General Manuel Noriega, was captured and brought to the U.S.
1990 – Liberia: On August 6, 1990, President Bush reported a reinforced rifle company had been sent to
provide additional security to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, and helicopter teams had evacuated U.S. citizens
from Liberia.
1990 – Saudi Arabia: August 9th: President Bush reports launching of Operation Desert Shield by ordering the
deployment of substantial elements of the U.S. armed forces into the Persian Gulf region to help defend Saudi
Arabia after the August 2nd invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. On November 16th, he reported the continued buildup
of forces to ensure an adequate offensive military option. American hostages being held in Iran.
1991 – Iraq and Kuwait: January 16th: In response to the refusal by Iraq to leave Kuwait, U.S. and Coalition
aircraft attacked Iraqi forces and military targets in Iraq and Kuwait in conjunction with a coalition of allies and
under United Nations Security Council resolutions. On February 24th U.S. led UN forces launched a ground
offensive that drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait within 100 hours. Combat operations ended on February 28th.
1991–96 – Iraq: Beginning in April, a small Allied ground force based in Turkey delivered humanitarian relief
and military protection for Kurds in northern Iraq during the 1991 uprising.
1991 – Iraq: On May 17, 1991, President Bush stated that the Iraqi repression of the Kurdish people had
necessitated a limited introduction of U.S. forces into northern Iraq for emergency relief purposes.
1991 – Zaire: September 25–27th: After widespread looting and rioting broke out in Kinshasa, Air Force C-141s
transported 100 Belgian troops and equipment into Kinshasa. American planes also carried 300 French troops
into the Central African Republic and hauled evacuated American citizens.
1992 – Sierra Leone: Following the April 29 coup that overthrew President Joseph Saidu Momoh, a United
States European Command Joint Special Operations Task Force evacuated 438 people (including 42 Third
Country nationals). On May 3rd, two Air Mobility Command C-141s flew 136 people from Freetown, Sierra
Leone, to the Rhein-Main Air Base in Germany and nine C-130 sorties carried another 302 people to Dakar,
1992–96 – Bosnia and Herzegovina: A humanitarian relief operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the
Yugoslav Wars, from July 2, 1992, to January 9, 1996, was the longest running humanitarian airlift in history.
1992 – Kuwait: On August 3, 1992, the United States began a series of military exercises in Kuwait, following
Iraqi refusal to recognize a new border drawn up by the United Nations and refusal to cooperate with UN
inspection teams.
1992–2003 – Iraq: Iraqi no-fly zones, The U.S., United Kingdom, and its Gulf War allies declared and enforced
"no-fly zones" over the majority of sovereign Iraqi airspace. Attacks were made on Iraqi air-defense
part of the UN mandate. Often, Iraqi forces continued firing on U.S. and British aircraft patrolling no-fly zones
throughout the decade.
1986 – Libya: April 16: President Reagan reports U.S. air and naval forces had conducted bombing strikes on
terrorist facilities and military installations in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, claiming that Libyan leader Col.
Muammar Gaddafi was responsible for a bomb attack at a German disco that killed two U.S. soldiers.
1992–95 – Somalia: December 10th: President Bush reported he had deployed U.S. armed forces to Somalia in
response to a humanitarian crisis and a UN Security Council Resolution... The operation came to an end on
May 4, 1993. U.S. forces continued to participate in the successor United Nations Operation in Somalia.
1993–95 – Bosnia: April 12, 1993: In response to the UN Resolution 816, U.S. and NATO enforced the no-fly
zone over the Bosnian airspace.
1993 – Macedonia: On July 9, 1993, President Clinton reported the deployment of 350 U.S. soldiers to the
Republic of Macedonia to participate in the UN Protection Force to help maintain stability in the area of
former Yugoslavia.
1994 – Bosnia: Banja Luka incident, NATO become involved in the first combat situation when NATO U.S. Air
Force F-16 jets shot down four of the six Bosnian Serb J-21 Jastreb single-seat light attack jets for violating UNmandated no-fly zone.
1994–95 – Haiti: Operation Uphold Democracy, U.S. ships had begun embargo against Haiti. Up to 20,000 U.S.
military troops were later deployed to Haiti to restore democratically-elected Haiti President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide from a military regime which came into power in 1991 after a major coup.
1994 – Macedonia: On April 19, 1994, President Clinton reported that the U.S. contingent in Macedonia had
been increased by a reinforced company of 200 personnel.
1995 – Bosnia: On August 30, 1995, U.S. and NATO aircraft began a major bombing campaign of Bosnian Serb
Army in response to a Bosnian Serb mortar attack on a Sarajevo market that killed 37 people on August 28th.
This operation lasted until September 20, 1995. The air campaign along with a combined allied ground force of
Muslim and Croatian Army against Serb positions led to the Dayton Agreement in December with the signing
of warring factions of the war. As part of Operation Joint Endeavor, U.S. and NATO dispatched the
Implementation Force (IFOR) peacekeepers to Bosnia to uphold the Dayton agreement.
1996 – Liberia: On April 11, 1996, President Clinton reported that on April 9th, due to the "deterioration of the
security situation and the resulting threat to American citizens" in Liberia, he had ordered U.S. military forces
to evacuate private U.S. citizens and third-country nationals from the U.S. Embassy compound...."
1996 – Central African Republic: May 23rd: President Clinton deploys U.S. military personnel to Bangui, to
conduct evacuation of U.S. citizens and U.S. employees, and to provide enhanced security for the American
Embassy in Bangui. U.S. Marine Corps elements in nearby Liberia provided security to the embassy and
evacuated 448 people, including between 190 and 208 Americans. Last Marines left Bangui on June 22nd.
1996 – Kuwait: American Air Strikes in north to protect the Kurdish population against the Iraqi Army attacks.
1996 – Bosnia: On December 21st, U.S. and NATO established the SFOR peacekeepers to replace the IFOR in
enforcing the peace under the Dayton agreement.
1997 – Albania: On March 13th, U.S. military forces were used to evacuate certain U.S. government employees
and private U.S. citizens from Tirana, Albania.
1997 – Congo and Gabon: On March 27, 1997, President Clinton reported a standby evacuation force of U.S.
military personnel had been deployed to Congo and Gabon to provide enhanced security and to be available
for any necessary evacuation operation.
1997 – Sierra Leone: On May 29 and May 30, U.S. military personnel were deployed to Freetown, to undertake
the evacuation of certain U.S. government employees and private U.S. citizens.
1997 – Cambodia: July 11th: To ensure the security of American citizens during a period of domestic conflict, a
Task Force of about 550 U.S. military personnel was deployed in Thailand for possible evacuations.
1998 – Iraq: Operation Desert Fox, U.S. and British forces conduct a major four day bombing campaign from
December 16th–19th on Iraqi targets.
1998 – Guinea-Bissau: On June 10th, in response to an army mutiny in Guinea-Bissau endangering the U.S.
Embassy, President Clinton deployed a standby evacuation force of U.S. military personnel to Dakar, Senegal.
1998–99 – Kenya and Tanzania: U.S. military personnel were deployed to Nairobi, Kenya, to coordinate the
medical and disaster assistance related to the bombing of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
1998 – Afghanistan and Sudan: On August 20, President Clinton ordered a cruise missile attack against two
suspected terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical factory in Sudan.
1998 – Liberia: On September 27, 1998, America deployed a standby response and evacuation force of 30 U.S.
military personnel to increase the security force at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia.
1999–2001 – East Timor: A limited number of U.S. military deployed with the United Nations to restore peace.
1999 – Serbia: U.S. and NATO aircraft began a major bombing of Serbia and Serb positions in Kosovo on March
24th due to refusal by Serbian President Slobodan Milošević to end repression against ethnic Albanians in
Kosovo. This operation ended in June 10, 1999.
2000 – Sierra Leone: On May 12, 2000, a U.S. Navy patrol craft deployed to Sierra Leone to support evacuation
operations from that country if needed.
2000 – Nigeria: Special Forces troops are sent to Nigeria to lead a training mission in the county.
2000 – Yemen: On October 12, 2000, after the USS Cole attack in the port of Aden, Yemen, military personnel
were deployed to Aden.
2000 – East Timor: On February 25, 2000, a small number of U.S. military personnel were deployed to support
the United Nations Transitional Administration.
2001 – On April 1, 2001, a mid-air collision between a United States Navy signals surveillance aircraft and a
People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) J-8II interceptor fighter jet resulted in an international dispute between
the United States and the People's Republic of China.
2001–present – Afghanistan: War on Terror begins October 7th. U.S. Armed Forces invade Afghanistan in
response to the 9/11 attacks and begin combat action in Afghanistan against Al Qaeda and Taliban supporters.
2002 – Yemen: On November 3, 2002, an American MQ-1 Predator fired a Hellfire missile at a car in Yemen
killing Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi, an al-Qaeda leader thought to be responsible for the USS Cole bombing.
2002 – Philippines: As of January, U.S. combat forces" deployed to the Philippines to train, assist and advise
the Philippines' Armed Forces in enhancing their "counterterrorist capabilities."
2002 – Côte d'Ivoire: On September 25, 2002, in response to a rebellion in Côte d'Ivoire, U.S. military
personnel went into Côte d'Ivoire to assist in the evacuation of American citizens from Bouaké.
2003–2011 –On March 20, 2003, the America leads a coalition that includes the United Kingdom, Australia and
Poland to invade Iraq "to disarm Iraq in pursuit of peace, stability, and security both in the Gulf region.
2003 – Liberia: On June 9, 2003, President Bush reported that on June 8 he sent about 35 U.S. Marines into
Monrovia, Liberia, to help secure the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania, and to aid in any necessary
evacuation from either Liberia or Mauritania.
2003 – Georgia and Djibouti: "US combat equipped and support forces" had been deployed to help in
enhancing their "counterterrorist capabilities."
2004 – Haiti: 2004 Haitian coup d'état occurs, US sends 55 combat equipped military personnel to augment
the U.S. Embassy security forces and to protect American citizens and property. Later, 200 additional US
military personnel were sent to prepare the way for a UN Multinational Interim Force.
2004 –U.S. anti-terror related activities were underway in Georgia, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen, and
2004–present: The U.S deploys drone strikes to aid in the War in North-West Pakistan.
2005–06 – Pakistan: President Bush deploys troops from US Army Air Cav Brigades to provide Humanitarian
relief to far remote villages in the Kashmir mountain ranges of Pakistan stricken by a massive earthquake.
2006 – Lebanon: part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit] begins evacuation of U.S. citizens in the face of a
likely ground invasion by Israel and continued fighting between Hezbollah and the Israeli military.
2007 - November 4th: Somali Pirate's boarded and attacked a North Korean merchant vessel. U.S Navy Ships
and a helicopter that were patrolling responded to the attack. Once the ship was freed from the pirates, the
American forces boarded it and assisted the wounded crew and handled surviving pirates.
2007 – Somalia: On January 8, 2007, while the conflict between the Islamic Courts Union and the Transitional
Federal Government continued, an AC-130 gunship conducted an aerial strike on a suspected al-Qaeda
operative, along with other Islamist fighters.
2008 – South Ossetia, Georgia: Helped Georgia with humanitarian aid. Helped transport Georgian forces from
Iraq during the conflict. In the past, the US has provided training and weapons to Georgia.
2010–present – Yemen: The U.S has been launching a series of drone strikes on suspected al-Qaeda and alShabaab positions.
2010–11 –February 17, 2010: U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that as of September 1,
2010, the name "Operation Iraqi Freedom" would be replaced by "Operation New Dawn". This coincides with
the reduction of American troops to 50,000.
2011 – 2011 military intervention in Libya: United States and coalition enforcing U.N. Security Council
Resolution 1973 with bombings of Libyan forces.
2011 – Osama Bin Laden is killed by U.S. military forces in Pakistan as part of Operation Neptune Spear.
2011 – Drone strikes on al-Shabab militants begin in Somalia. This marks the 6th nation in which such strikes
have been carried out, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.
2011–present: Uganda: U.S. Combat troops sent in as advisers to Uganda.
2012 – Jordan: 150 U.S. troops deployed to help it contain the Syrian Civil War within Syria's borders.
2012 – Turkey: 400 troops and two batteries of Patriot missiles sent to prevent missile strikes from Syria.
2012 – Chad: 50 U.S. troops deployed to help evacuate U.S. citizens and embassy personnel from the
neighboring Central African Republic's capital of Bangui in the face of rebel advances toward the city.
2013 – Mali: U.S. forces assisted the French in Operation Serval with air refueling and transport aircraft.
2013 – Somalia: U.S. Air Force planes supported the French in the Bulo Marer hostage rescue attempt.
However, they did not use any weapons.
2013 – 2013 Korean crises.
2013 – Navy SEALs conduct a raid in Somalia and possibly killed a senior Al-Shabaab official. Simultaneously,
another raid took place in Tripoli, Libya, where Special Operations Forces captured Abu Anas al Libi.
2014–present – Uganda: V-22 Ospreys, MC-130s, KC-135s and additional U.S. soldiers are sent to Uganda to
continue to help African forces search for Joseph Kony.
2014–present - Iraq: Hundreds of U.S. troops deployed to protect American assets in Iraq and to advise Iraqi
and Kurdish fighters. In August the U.S. Air Force conducted a humanitarian air drop and the U.S. Navy began a
series of airstrikes against Islamic State-aligned forces throughout northern Iraq.
2014 - Syria: The U.S attempted to rescue James Foley and other hostages being held by ISIL. Air strikes were
conducted on the ISIL military base known as "Osama bin Laden camp". Meanwhile, Delta teams parachuted
near an ISIL high-valued prison. Main roads were blocked to keep any target from escaping. When no hostages
were found, the American troops began house to house searches. ISIL militants began arriving. Heavy fighting
occurred until the Americans decided to abandon the mission due to hostages being nowhere in the area.
Although the mission failed, at least 5 ISIL militants were killed. One American was wounded. According to
reports, Jordan had a role in the operation and one Jordanian soldier had been wounded. This was
2014–present - American aircraft bomb Islamic State positions in Syria. Airstrikes on al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Front
and Khorasan positions are also being conducted.
2014–present – Local Syrian forces and American-led coalition forces launch a series of aerial attacks on ISIL
and al-Nusra Front positions in Iraq and Syria.
2014 - On November 25, U.S Navy SEAL's and Yemeni Special Forces launched an operation in Yemen in
attempt to rescue eight hostages held by al-Qaeda. Although the operation was successful, no American
hostages were secured. In the first attempt, six Yemenis, one Saudi Arabian, and one Ethiopian were rescued.
On December 4, 2014, al-Qaeda threatened to execute Somers if the U.S fails to agree to unspecified
commands. AQAP also stated their prisoners would be executed if the U.S attempted another rescue
operation. On December 6, a second operation was launched. 40 U.S SEALs and 30 Yemeni troops were
deployed to the compound. A 10-minute fire fight occurred before the American troops could enter where the
remaining hostages (Somers and Korkie) were being held. They were alive, but fatally wounded. Surgery was
done in midair when flying away from the site. Korkie died while in flight, and Somers died after landing on the
USS Makin Island. No American troops were killed or injured. One Yemeni soldier was wounded.
2015 - April 30th: U.S. sends ships to the Strait of Hormuz to shield vessels after Iranian seizure of a commercial
vessel: The U.S. Navy deploys warships to protect American commercial vessels passing through the Strait of
Hormuz from Iranian interference. Concerns were also raised that Iranian gunships were trailing a U.S.
container ship. Iran additionally fired shots over the bow, and seized, a ship registered in the Marshall Islands,
part of a long-standing dispute between the two nations.
2015–present - American military intervention in Cameroon and continued fighting in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan,
and other Middle East countries.
Based on my accumulated data, there were probably numerous other employments of our military forces that
needed to remain secret for “security” reasons.
Total number of military interventions since the end of World War 2: OVER 150.