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List Of U.S. Foreign Interventions Since 1945

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This is a list of United States interventions or alleged interventions since 1945.






  • Alleged support for Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu, 1980's.
  • CIA support for José Napoleón Duarte and other anti-Communist politicians alleged to have links with right-wing death squads.
  • Provision of military assistance to Hissène Habré of Chad, leading to the overthrow of Libya-supported neutralist Goukouni Oueddei.
  • Sale of small arms and weapons production materials to Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War
  • Sale of arms to Iran (see Iran–Contra Affair)
  • Training of Nicaraguan Contras and support to military regimes in Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, and South America during the 1980s.
  • Alleged CIA support to Gwangju Massacre in 1980.
  • Alleged CIA and South African backing to a coup attempt in the Seychelles in 1981.
  • American support for Israel in the 1982 Lebanon War.
  • Support for military dictator Efraín Ríos Montt in Guatemala Alleged CIA support for the coup that brought him into power.
  • Invasion of Grenada, overthrow of Marxist government (Operation Urgent Fury) - 1983.
  • Under CIA Director George H W Bush, provided funds, training and weapons (mainly Stinger missiles to thward Soviet air superiority - they were the real reason why the mujahadeen won the war) with help of other organisations (most of them are now 'terrorist' organisations) and the Pakistani ISI (secret services)
  • Alleged involvement in the mysterious death of Samora Machel, President of Mozambique (1986).
  • Support to coup against Timoci Bavadra, democratically elected Prime Minister of Fiji in 1987.
  • In 1989, The US establishes Support for East European Democracy to help assist Poland and Hungary's transition into market-based democracies.
  • Operation Just Cause: In late 1989, the US invaded Panama and arrested Manuel Noriega for drug trafficking after a U.S. Marine was killed and Noriega declared war against the US.



Beyond these interventions, the United States has developed a great deal of economic influence over many developing states. Some claim that the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have assisted American foreign policy in this area. (If correct, this would also require the implicit co-operation of other countries, as the US has only 18% of the IMF's voting rights.

See also:
Military history of the United States
History of United States imperialism
List of Soviet interventions

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