U.S. foreign interventions since 1940’s

From occupying Japan, till Iraq war in 2003, and support of failed coup against Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea in 2004.


- 1945-1952- The U.S. occupied Japan, after World War II, drafting Japan's current democratic constitution.

- 1945- USSR occupied North Korea and U.S. occupied South Korea. USSR denies elections in North Korea, establishing communist government; US allows UN supervised elections.

- 1949- Merged U.S. occupation zone with the French and British zones to form the Federal Republic of Germany.

- 1947- President Harry Truman proclaimed the Truman Doctrine, stating that the United States would support "free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures."

- 1947- The U.S. gave Turkey and Greece $400 million in military and economic aid to battle Communist insurgents in Greece and prevent the two states from falling under the Soviet sphere of influence.

- 1948- The CIA, (Central Intelligence Agency) influenced Italy’s elections, through propaganda and buying of votes, to prevent the Communist Party of Italy coming to power.

- 1948-1951- The U.S. provided economic and technical assistance to help the recovery of European countries after World War II, known as the Marshall Plan, but most communist countries reject the aid.

Also the U.S. flew supplies into the Western-held sectors of Berlin over the blockade during 1948-1949, known as the Berlin Airlift.

- U.S. financial and military support of the Republic of China, that began during the Sino-Japanese War and through World War II, continued against the People's Liberation Army.


- 1945: 1954- The U.S. funded French Indochina War.

- 1950: 1953- Korean War, after communist North Koreans invade South Korea, the UN, with every nation voting "yes" except Yugoslavia that abstained, approves military support for South Korea, involving over a dozen countries including the U.S.

-1953- The U.S.’s CIA and UK’s MI-6 plotted the military coup that returned the shah of Iran to power and toppled Iran's elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh.

-1954- CIA-orchestrated overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán in Guatemala (Operation PBSUCCESS).

- 1956- The CIA aided Chushi Gandrug and Tensung Dhanglang Magar's resistance movement, after the Chinese bombing of ancient monasteries at Chatreng and Litang that housed thousands of civilians in which violated the Plan for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet.

-1959 and 1963- Two assassination attempts of general Abdul Karim Qassim, president of Iraq, (the second one succeeded)


- 1961- U.S.-backed abortive Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba.

Also the CIA planned to assassinate Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba of the Congo and alleged involvement in his death.

Also, CIA involvement in the assassination of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, their former ally in the Dominican Republic.

The CIA involvement in ousting Juan Bosch, the democratically elected leader of the Dominican Republic.

- 1963- CIA helped the overthrow of José María Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador.

Also the U.S. backed coup against South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.

- 1964- The CIA backed the overthrow of João Goulart in Brazil.

- Also the CIA covertly supported he election of Eduardo Frei Montalva of Chile.

- 1965- The CIA backed overthrow of Sukarno and supported Suharto in Indonesia in.

Also officials at the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia admitted supplying a list of 5,000 suspected communists -- given to them by the CIA -- to the Indonesian government and checking them off the list when those people were executed.

The U.S. also supplied 90% of Indonesia's military.

1964:1975- Vietnam War.

Also the CIA supported a military coup that brought Joseph Mobutu to power in the Congo in 1965.

-1966- The CIA supported a military coup against Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah in.

-1967- The CIA backed military coup ushers in Regime of the Colonels in Greece in.

- 1967- The U.S. supported Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Also, a CIA-organized military operation ends in execution of Che Guevara in Bolivia.

- 1968- U.S. involvement in the Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico.

Also the U.S. attacked the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos and Cambodia, in an attempt to disrupt the logistical support given to the Viet Cong by the North Vietnamese Army.


1970- The CIA supported coup against Prince Sihanouk in Cambodia.

1971- The CIA supported coup against President Juan José Torres of Bolivia.

1971- The U.S. supported Pakistan financially and military in the Indo-Pakistani War.

1972- CIA role in the corruption of Australia's 1972 election.

The U.S. intervened in Chile’s political and economic affairs against president Salvador Allende- helped military officers overthrow Allende.

1975- The U.S. supported Indonesia's occupation of Portuguese Timor, now East Timor.

1976 – 1984- The CIA supported UNITA rebels in Angola.

1976- The U.S. role in corruption of Portuguese Election.

1976- The U.S. role in corruption of Jamaican Election.

1976-1983- The U.S. support for Argentina's "Dirty War".

1979- 1989- The U.S. supported Salvadoran Armed Forces, civil-military junta, and President José Napoleón Duarte during the country's civil war.

1979–1993- The U.S. supported opposition parties, including Khmer Rouge, to Vietnamese-installed regime of Heng Samrin in Cambodia.

1979 – 1984- The U.S. intervention in Yemen’s civil war.


- The U.S. supported the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu.

- The CIA supported José Napoleón Duarte and other anti-Communist politicians with links to the right-wing death squads.

- Selling arms and weapons to Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War.

- Selling arms and weapons to Iran during the Iraq- Iran War.

- Training Nicaraguan Contras and supporting military regimes in Honduras,
Guatemala, Panama, and South America.

1980- The CIA supported Gwangju Massacre.

- The CIA and South Africa backed a coup attempt in the Seychelles.

1982 - The U.S. financial and military aid to Israel in Lebanon War.

- The United States supported Guatemala dictator Efraín Ríos Montt- CIA role in the coup that brought him into power.

- 1983- The U.S. invaded Grenada and overthrew Marxist government -Operation Urgent Fury.

1986- The U.S. was involved in the mysterious death of Samora Machel, President of Mozambique.

1987- The U.S. supported a coup against democratically elected Prime Minister of Fiji, Timoci Bavadra.

1989- Operation Just Cause, where the U.S. invaded Panama and arrested Manuel Noriega, after a U.S. Marine was killed and Noriega declared war against the U.S.


1989 -1996- Starting 1989 till the Liberian civil war ended, the United States tried but failed to get UN involved in negotiations.

1990's- The U.S. intervention in Colombia’s civil war.

1990, 1991- The U.S. role in elections corruption in Bulgaria and in Albania.
- The U.S. funded opposition presidential candidate, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, in Sandinista-ruled Nicaragua.

After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the U.S. asked Saudi Arabia to allow it have a military base on its soil, and fearing Saudi Arabia would be Saddam Hussein's next target, King Fahd agreed.

1991- The U.S.-led Gulf War following Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

1991- The U.S. supported ousting Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti.

1990 to 2003- The U.S. persuaded the UN to impose sanctions on Iraq.

1993- Battle of Mogadishu.

1993- U.S. removal of Raoul Cedras from office in Haiti and occupying the country.

1994- The United States backed Mexico in fighting the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

1995- NATO bombing of Bosnian Serbs.

1998- U.S. Operation Desert Fox military operation against Iraq in enforcement of the UN designated No-Fly zones aimed at protecting Kurds.

1998- The U.S. Operation Infinite Reach, a cruise missile strike on Afghanistan and Sudan, including the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory.

1998- NATO's bombing of Serbia in the Kosovo Conflict.


2001- The U.S. invaded Afghanistan and ousted Taliban regime.

2002- The Hague Invasion Act.

2002- The CIA supported a failed coup against President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.

2003- The U.S. illegal occupation of Iraq, overthrowing Saddam Hussein, claiming that he had links to Al Qaeda network, and that he possessed weapons of mass destruction.

2004- The United States plotted to overthrow President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti.

2004- The U.S. influence in Salvadoran presidential election, threatening to take reprisals if the country elected the socialist candidate Schafik Handal.

2004- The U.S., long with Spain and Britain, plotted a failed coup against Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea.