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Countries Bombed by the United States since 2000

Name the seven countries whose territory the United States has struck with bombs or missiles since the year 2000.
Last updated: April 19, 2017
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Afghanistan
Iraq
Libya
Pakistan
Somalia
Syria
Yemen
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level 81
Apr 19, 2017
Let's see now... Muslim, Muslim, Muslim, Muslim... Okay, I think I see where this is going.
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level 68
Apr 19, 2017
Except Serbia in 1999. 78 days in a row. Maybe it should be on the list.
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level 31
Feb 6, 2019
You a Serb?
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level 66
Apr 8, 2019
And if he is?
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level 66
Apr 20, 2017
Muslims make great mercenaries to use to topple democratically elected governments in the Middle East so we can replace them with dictators. If we allow Middle Easterners to have democracy and choose their own destiny, they'd choose to keep their own natural resources instead of selling it all to the West at rock-bottom prices. And we can't have that.
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level 75
May 17, 2017
ridiculous
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level 75
May 17, 2017
And I worked for years for the Saudi oil company (which their own in-house corporate history texts admit they stole from the Americans with impunity). Soooo ridiculous.
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level 75
May 17, 2017
by the way that company is the most valuable company in the world bar none. Yeah they're really struggling to get by selling something for $40-$100 that takes 10 cents to produce.
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level 74
May 17, 2017
@TinklePork WUT
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level 48
May 19, 2017
Why do you automatically assume that an open democracy means that people would not want to make huge amounts of money by selling to the West?
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level 75
May 20, 2017
Kearsarge: because obviously they would be so much better off if, instead of profiting hand over fist off the oil industry built and developed from scratch (in most cases for free) for them by the Americans or British, they were all still living in tents in the desert without air conditioning, dying in their 30s. Or... I know... they could use all that oil themselves to, um, nevermind I can't think of anything. But I think the important lesson we've all learned here is that the White man is evil and the USA is the great Satan. We can all agree on that, right?
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level ∞
Apr 20, 2017
Maybe we should start bombing some other countries to even it out a bit?
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level 56
Apr 25, 2017
lel
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level 54
May 17, 2017
Give it time, Quizmaster.
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level 66
May 17, 2017
Eurasia today, Eastasia tomorrow.
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level 58
May 17, 2017
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
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level 78
May 17, 2017
How about North Korea?
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level 59
Dec 3, 2017
Maybe we should unintentionally Nuke Greenland again?
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level 44
May 28, 2018
Again? When was the first time?
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level 47
Jun 20, 2018
Earth first, we'll bomb the other planets later
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level 57
May 17, 2017
Let's look at who the terrorists have been in the past few years. Muslim, Muslim, Muslim, Muslim... I can see where this is going.
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level 46
May 17, 2017
Columbine was a terror attack, it was conducted by white Christians and so was the ku klux klan. Don't blame a race for the actions of individuals, its ignorant.
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level 35
May 20, 2017
jjshelvey8 'Muslim' is not a race. Islam is a group of ideologies, some of which are dangerous to anyone who does not believe in their particular version of Islam including other Muslims. This happens with other ideologies as well. They all should be called out for their wrong doing and if need be police or military intervention may be required.
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level 75
Nov 9, 2017
Columbine was not an act of terrorism. I don't like this term "terror attack" because it's absolutely meaningless and therefore a useless descriptor. Adam Lanza is not a terrorist. Dylan Roof is not a terrorist. ISIS, the semi-sovereign state that existed until recently between Iraq and Syria and fought regular military and militia, were not terrorists.

Ted K. (the Unabomber) was a terrorist. Anders Breivik was a terrorist. Timothy McVeigh was a terrorist. The Irish Republican Army engaged in terrorism.
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level 23
Jan 29, 2018
Right on. I don't care how many Muslims are peaceful; I know countries where they are the majority are infested with terrorism and poverty. And whichever counties tried being nice and welcomed their refugees suffered a whole slew of terrorist attacks.
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level 55
Apr 17, 2018
Columbine really wasn't a terror attack, it was a mass shooting due to mentally unstable people. A terror attack, according to Google's definition, is the unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims, and I don't think the tragedy at Columbine High School was carried out for political aims.
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level 75
Jun 20, 2018
^ that's a poor definition but better than the definition most people use these days which is: "violence perpetrated by someone I don't like."

A clearer (in my opinion superior) definition of terrorism is: "a tactic whereby violence is directed deliberately at non-military targets without any strategic value, especially random civilians or public property with high symbolic value, so as to instill fear in the general public that they might be next; the ultimate goal being to motivate that public to, out of fear, pressure their leaders to change political or military policy."

Hate crimes are not terrorism. Murder isn't terrorism. Collateral damage isn't terrorism. Genocide isn't terrorism. Total war isn't terrorism. War crimes are not necessarily terrorism. Revenge killings (against bullies, society in general, whatever) and random shootings perpetrated by sociopaths are not terrorism. These are all bad things but that doesn't make them terrorism.
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level 45
Mar 25, 2019
Columbine was committed by two people, one of which was raised in a Lutheran household, which doesn’t mean he was Christian. Neither expressed Christian radical ideology. And skin color has nothing to do with it. Try again?
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level 58
May 17, 2017
Unfortunately, we don't bomb them because they're muslim...we bomb them because there's a lot of violence going on in that region and we always have to get involved.
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level 66
May 17, 2017
There's a lot of violence going on in your region. Should I draw your conclusions?
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level 44
Jul 26, 2017
More Americans are killed by armed toddlers than jihadist terrorists each year.
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level 75
Nov 9, 2017
Silly oversimplification. Of course strawmen are the only arguments tshalla can actually come up with valid responses to so he jumped at the chance.
Afghanistan: was harboring Osama bin Laden and refused to turn him over. Also the Taleban was allowing the country to be used as a training camp and staging ground for acts of terrorism against the United States including 9/11.
Iraq: The Bush administration decided that they wanted to remove dictator Hussein whom they saw as Western-hostile, dangerous, and potentially destabilizing to the Middle East, which the US cares about for a variety of reasons most obviously because most of the world's energy resources are extracted there. The administration believed that replacing Hussein with a democratic government would be a positive change, so they cooked up a half-true rationale for the removal of Hussein based on the threat of WMDs, flaunting of UN resolutions, and human rights abuses.
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level 75
Nov 9, 2017
Libya: during the Arab Spring democratic revolutionaries in Libya rose up independently and sought the ouster of dictator Qaddafi. They were about to be slaughtered by Qaddafi's forces. The US, never a fan of belligerent and probably insane Qaddafi, wanting to prevent the imminent slaughter and also support the democratic revolution, cooperated with NATO and eliminated the bulk of Qaddafi's land forces.
Pakistan: spillover from Afghanistan as the Taleban operated in the porous and mountainous border region between the two countries after being pushed out of Kabul.
Yemen: this started out as predator drone strikes against various terrorist groups operating in the country but became increasingly complicated as civil war in the country broke out. More recently the US has backed the sunni government against shia Houthi rebels because this civil war is being used as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The USA is backing the same side as Saudi Arabia.
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level 75
Nov 9, 2017
Somalia: most recently the US has targeted Islamic State affiliated groups in Somalia. In the 90s they were fighting various warlords and trying to get humanitarian aid in. The fight against ISIS also led to more recent bombings of Iraq.
Syria: the rationale is not clear. The strike was ordered by Trump, probably to distract from whatever bad press he was getting at the time. I think officially because Syria had used chemical weapons after saying they wouldn't but that hardly makes any sense.

Not saying any of these reasons are good or justified... but those are the reasons.
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level 55
Feb 4, 2019
The aftermath of all these strikes are weaker, dysfunctional democracies which led those countries to corruption and less developed. Iraq was one of the most developed Arab nations in the 80's, and with American intervention to create a democracy a much weaker less developed and very messy Iraq has came through. The United States had a plan to construct a road connecting Afghanistan together, yet the project cost millions to construct, wasn't finished and fights with Taliban continued until the withdrawal of the troops by Trump. Libya, Yemen, and the other countries have had a very similar scenario with the American intervention. In conclusion, the bombings of the USA in the middle east under the name of anti-terrorism and pro democracy has led to more weaker countries with incompetent governments.
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level 75
Mar 25, 2019
Afghanistan is not weaker than it was when the Taleban was in power. Things have actually improved a lot there. They're certainly not great, but (perhaps surprisingly to some) Afghanistan's HDI has been increasing steadily and rapidly every year since the US came in.

Syria was already a blasted hellscape by the time the US got directly involved. Things have gotten better there, too, in some ways, though they are still very bad. And the improvements have nothing to do with American bombs.

Libya has gotten much worse but it's hard to say if it wouldn't have been even worse than it currently is without the US intervention. They were on their way to being in the same state as Syria.

Pakistan has not been affected by US bombings.

The situation in Yemen continues to get worse but US bombings did nothing to change the government or style of government there. Same with Somalia.

What you said really only applies to Iraq.
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level 70
May 17, 2017
That's why we need to keep the Muslims out. They bring nothing but violence and oppression.
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level 58
May 17, 2017
First, this is ridiculously ignorant statement. Second, there's that pesky First Amendment.
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level 47
May 17, 2017
@Abflussratte You are allowed to have your own beliefs but you do not need to comment them on every one else's comments.
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level 66
May 17, 2017
Isn't that what people do?
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level 47
May 18, 2017
@tshalla Yes it is, but he was just saying basically the same thing on different conversations. Of course open debate and discourse are great and important things
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level 55
Apr 17, 2018
Some of them aren't the government themselves, like the US bombing parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan where Al-Qaeda were hiding. I'm not defending all, just saying that some were justified.
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level 51
Apr 8, 2019
Muslims without oil only
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level 75
Apr 19, 2017
You forgot Nevada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8So1ErECLWA
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level 59
Apr 19, 2017
I was thinking of Japan because of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Then I reread the directions and I was like "Why isn't think working, that was only like 3 years ago - maybe 4 - or give or take 70 years.
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level 68
Apr 19, 2017
A quiz extended back to WW2 would be more interesting
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level 64
Apr 20, 2017
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level ∞
Apr 20, 2017
If someone makes an accurate one that goes back to WWII, let me know and I will feature that too.
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level 68
Apr 20, 2017
Here it is: Countries Bombed by the United States since WWII. I checked years of the bombings besides these sources. Some of them are different for year or two in some cases in different sources.
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level 66
Apr 20, 2017
Maybe we should bomb Flint, because it looks like that's what we're doing to all the other poor places on earth where the people don't even have access to clean water.
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level 62
Apr 20, 2017
+ USA
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level 63
Apr 20, 2017
Hopefully they bomb North Korea.
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level 68
Apr 22, 2017
Yay, dead people.
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level 54
May 17, 2017
Yes, please, let's start a war with China.
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level 33
May 17, 2017
and Russia.
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level 70
May 17, 2017
China wouldn't start war with the US over a rouge state. And to QRU, do you seriously think North Koreans would be better off under the Kim Dynasty?
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level 66
May 17, 2017
I thought the long-standing US complaint with China was precisely that it was a rouge state (although I don't really remember anyone using the French term much).
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level 48
May 19, 2017
I too would LOVE to see our allies in the region die. Even if the North Korean Nukes cannot reach America, there is no question in my mind that they would retaliate against South Korea and Japan.
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level 67
May 17, 2017
I'm sure you'll have more countries to add over the next four years.
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level 70
May 17, 2017
If there's one good thing about Trump is that he is not as much of a warhawk as past presidents.
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level 47
May 17, 2017
He is incredibly unstable and for not being a hawk, he has already bombed quite a few places including using the MOAB.
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level 75
Nov 9, 2017
You're buying in to Russian propaganda and this has been proven as such. Russian agents planted the meme that Hillary Clinton was going to start a war with Russia and Donald was the anti-war alternative.... but this is of course ridiculous.
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level 61
May 17, 2017
Good for you. Only 7.
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level 67
May 17, 2017
And all bar for ISIS (that America helped create anyway), these bombings have no validity or logic whatsoever.
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level 8
May 17, 2017
Countries should not bomb other countries. Imagine how the U.S.A. would react if a nation (not terrorists), the military of a NATION bombed the U.S.A. - oh - yeah - Pearl Harbour!!
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level 47
May 17, 2017
While I agree that in a perfect world countries would not bomb each other, comparing Pearl Harbor to modern day bombings is not accurate.
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level 18
May 17, 2017
anyway .... 7 countries is far to much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 50
May 17, 2017
If the rest of the world didn't suck at controlling their own countries, and allowing ruthless leaders to take over, it wouldn't be needed.
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level 66
May 17, 2017
Quizmaster, I think Fox News has hacked the site.
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level 47
May 17, 2017
Sure, cause the U.S.A has never put ruthless leaders in charge.
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level 79
May 17, 2017
Don't forget we've been bombing or shooting missiles into the Marshall Islands every year since 1946.
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level 39
May 17, 2017
All of these are muslim countries. So yeah I can see why they're on here.
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level 55
May 18, 2017
strange quiz
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level 14
May 18, 2017
You'd think at some point, someone's gonna come along and say "Hey, why are we shooting this many missiles a day? We shouldn't even go through this many in a year!"
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level 30
May 18, 2017
Managed to get Somalia and Libya........ but not Syria.
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level 65
May 19, 2017
Tried to be cheeky and type "USA" for weapons testing and such. Also, I didn't realize this organization being bombed in Philadelphia was before 2000: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOVE
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level 54
Jul 15, 2017
might be useful to say "in anger"; pretty sure there's been weapons tests here and there
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level 46
Jul 24, 2017
Seven sounds too low
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level 75
Nov 9, 2017
Listening to the histrionic rhetoric people go into sometimes, it does.
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level 22
Apr 14, 2018
Easy, Just think of countries that have ALOT of Jihadis and islamic terrorists
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level 75
Jul 4, 2018
I was going to try to find some fault with this... but... no, actually that works. The only issue is that you might end up guessing some countries that don't make the list like Egypt, Israel, and Nigeria. But not that many.
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level 66
Jul 4, 2018
Only 7? Surely, you can rain down weapons of above average destruction across the globe better than that! I'd like to see a list of all modern countries whose current territory has had U.S. soldiers or firepower upon it since 1775. Bet it makes Britain, Germany and the Mongols look like tourists.
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level 27
Dec 23, 2018
wow America bombs a lot of countries..
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level 75
Mar 25, 2019
They're not even in the double digits for the past 20 years.
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level 35
Dec 23, 2018
you forgot grenada
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level 22
Feb 6, 2019
America loves to bomb countries, I guess. I'm not even American... I'm just not telling you my nationality.
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level 75
Mar 25, 2019
We're all on the edge of our seats hoping to find out.
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level 51
Mar 25, 2019
Judging by your map, I'd say you're either English or Spanish.
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level 43
Mar 25, 2019
NATO is a meme. The only good it has done was to stop Serbia for ethnic cleansing of Albanians in Kosovo. Everything they've done from 2000 and on has seen no positive impact on the countries involved, especially when we look at Afghanistan.
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level 44
Apr 8, 2019
No wonder there's no money for health care and decent education in America.
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level 50
Apr 8, 2019
I was getting ready to type all the countries of the world again, until I saw it was limited to since 2000.