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Countries the US Invaded, Occupied or Fought

Enter an answer into the box. Any country that the US invaded, occupied or committed acts of aggression against. I'm looking for the countries that exist now where the US invaded eg Canada not the UK. I did not count invasions viewed as a liberation by the host country. I did not include non-countries or area still occupied or associated with the US. I also did not include several countries where the Marines came in to evacuate the consular service unless there was an altercation or a period of occupation.
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Afghanistan
Albania
Angola
Algeria
Argentina
Austria
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cambodia
Canada
Central African Republic
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cote d'Ivoire
Croatia
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Cuba
Dominican Republic
Egypt
El Salvador
Fiji
France
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Iceland
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Italy
Japan
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Kiribati
Kosovo
Laos
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Mexico
Montenegro
Morocco
Nicaragua
North Korea
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Romania
Russia
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Samoa
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Korea
Spain
Sudan
Suriname
Syria
Taiwan
Thailand
Tunisia
Turkey
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Vietnam
Yemen
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level 77
Aug 20, 2013
kind of a weird quiz. I mean.. how do you determine how an entire country though of a military action? You have South Korea on here... you think the South Koreans felt as though they were being occupied? And Kosovo? Obviously Serbia might have felt its sovereignty infringed but Kosovo? but then you don't have Kuwait, I guess because you assume that Kuwait was being liberated. But that's not how Iraq saw that war. Many of these... I don't know which military action you're referring to but assume you are referencing instances when the US military worked with some faction within the country, often the (or a) legitimate government, against other factions. Not really the same as invading or occupying. Thailand's Japanese puppet govt declared war on the US but did they ever actually fight? Not sure about that one. In other instances.. what are you even talking about? Greece?? Where do you get that from? Iceland? The US never invaded, occupied or fought Iceland. They had some troops there.
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level 77
Aug 20, 2013
and so on.
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level 75
Aug 21, 2013
Yes I know its arbitrary but I needed to draw the line somewhere or I'd be better off listing the nations they didn't invade. I'll start by mentioning the countries I didn't include; Ethiopia (armed 19thC trade negotiations, drones along Somalian border) Guinea-Bissau and Gabon (snatch and grab consular services) Chad (protect Chadian gov't from Libyan backed rebels, use of airstrip for activities in CAR) St. Lucia, Antigua, Bahamas, Jamaica (lend lease took over UK bases but didn't occupy country). Also not include was any nation which voluntarily allowed a US base (eg Djibouti, Netherlands)
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level 75
Aug 21, 2013
Many of the countries listed here are due to 19th Century gunboat diplomacy an era where the US (and Europeans) enforce their own law and will by a show of force. Hence, Korea is included from a 19th century incident in which the US navy attacked and occupied five forts. It was also a means to pressure Japan-Korea to sign a trade agreement and as retaliation for a previous incident. After this incident, the US marines were sent to Korea three times prior to WWI to protect US interests during a period of war or rebellion.
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level 75
Aug 21, 2013
In 1962, 5000 marines spent several months in Thailand "fighting communists" some of whom spilled over from the Malaysian insurgency and/or French Indochina. You could say this was US support against foreign intervention but in many cases these communists were indigenous peoples fighting against a central gov't in a civil war. In WWII, Thailand did fight on the Axis side mainly to annex parts of British controlled Burma and Malaysia and to acquire parts of Vichy French controlled Indochina. In 1944, Bangkok was bombed by both the RAF and USAAF
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level 75
Aug 21, 2013
Greece, Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria were all attacked by the US during the Ottoman Empire and Barbary piracy era. In Greece this was a few islands on the Aegean Sea. After WWII, the US helped install the monarch and a right wing military supported gov't and then fought off Greek Communists in a bitter civil war from 1947 to 1949 (the UK was there from 1945 - 47)
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level 75
Aug 21, 2013
Prior to WWII, Iceland was an independent kingdom with a shared monarch, the king of Denmark. When Germany invaded Denmark, the king choose to stay in Denmark. The Althing in Iceland declared a policy of neutrality, however, they had no military means of protection (even now as a member of NATO, Iceland has no armed forces). The UK invaded Iceland in a preemptive strike so as to prevent the Germans from using it as a submarine base. As part of the lend lease act, the US took over the occupation of Iceland from the UK. At no time did the Icelandic government invite the US and the UK to occupy the country. Its ironic -- the UK went to war in WWI to protect Belgium neutrality but violates Icelandic neutrality in WWII
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level 75
Aug 21, 2013
Finally, Kosovo was bombed by US (as part of NATO) when it was part of Serbia and Serbian military bases were located there. And I didn't include Israel where US gunships threaten Jaffa during the Ottoman era and then in the 70s the Israeli Defense Force attacked a US Navy vessel. The US didn't fire back.
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level 75
Aug 21, 2013
Oh, I didn't include Mali because its part of a UN sponsored mission led mainly by the French with some American air support against an Islamist insurgency in the north.
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level 77
Aug 21, 2013
well, okay. Thanks for taking the time to respond. I still think it's confusing in regards to some you included and others you excluded. I mean, the US was bombing Serbian bases, they weren't fighting Kosovo, even if this happened in territory that later became Kosovo. and some of the other points I brought up earlier I still stand by. In other cases you brought up stuff I had no idea about... minor incidents which don't really seem like they should count. But, thanks again for answering. I learned some stuff.
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level 77
Aug 21, 2013
re: Mali you could say almost the same exact thing about some of the other actions you did include... maybe the definition you were using was just too broad. ::shrug::
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level 8
May 17, 2017
Lmao, ok let's see Russia put some troops on Usa, let's see if you cry then. You are so far gone that you don't understand the evilness of that country.
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level 77
Feb 4, 2018
People who see the USA as "evil" accuse me of being "far gone".... I'm gonna soak that in for a while...
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level 36
Dec 10, 2013
And yet we let all of them live. :)
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level 59
Aug 13, 2014
Thank you for showing all the places that have needed the "international police". It would be interesting to see the same kind of quiz about the UK/British Empire.
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level 75
Aug 27, 2014
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/9653497/British-have-invaded-nine-out-of-ten-countries-so-look-out-Luxembourg.html
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level 70
Feb 8, 2015
Montenegro In 1999, USA bombed Serbia and Montenegro
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level 75
Feb 9, 2015
Changes made.
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level 55
Feb 28, 2015
Where is Syria?
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level 75
Feb 28, 2015
It looks like I will need to update this quiz on a yearly basis.
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level 36
May 12, 2015
What about Trinidad? The USA overthrew its communist government.
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level 75
May 12, 2015
Quickly read the wikipedia history of Trinidad and found no mention of communist government or US invasion. Are you sure you don't mean Grenada?
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level 33
Oct 22, 2015
I'm too slow a typist, and keep running out of time. Too many to list!! Sadly.
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level 69
Dec 11, 2015
Great quiz. Palau was a trust territory of the USA before independence in 1994
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level 54
Apr 1, 2016
You should accept CAR or car for Central African Republic.
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level 37
May 2, 2016
Why is Panama in here? The USA was building a canal there but they never occupied it.
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level 75
May 2, 2016
Bush Sr invaded Panama https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_invasion_of_Panama
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level 37
May 26, 2016
Oh. My bad. I guess I need to reaserch Panamanian history!
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level 39
Nov 26, 2017
Can we have some more time?
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level 45
Jan 13, 2018
Albania? Really? The U.S never Invaded Albania
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level 51
Mar 6, 2018
What about Romania Bulgaria Hungary Slovakia Finland or Thailand in WW2
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level 75
Mar 18, 2018
I did some quick research into US contact with the above countries and could only find the US bombing Romanian oil fields. The rest of the Axis allies fought against the Soviet Union but had no military contact with the West. So I've added Romania.
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level 38
Aug 24, 2018
The list would be considerably shorter if you asked for the countries that the USA DIDN'T invade, occupy or fight. BTW, didn't it fight the Confederate States of America during the Civil War?
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level 32
Nov 9, 2019
not nearly enough time