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Map of United States Forces deployed in Territories outside the USA

Using data on US military interventions published by the Evergreen State College, in Olympia Washington, indy100 has created this map (below). The data was compiled by Dr Zoltan Grossman, a professor of Geography and Native Studies.

The map documents a partial list of occasions, since 1890, that US forces were used in a territory outside the US.

Caveats

This includes:

  • Deployment of the military to evacuate American citizens,
  • Covert military actions by US intelligence,
  • Providing military support to an internal opposition group,
  • Providing military support in one side of a conflict (e.g. aiding Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War 1988-89),
  • Use of the army in drug enforcement actions (e.g. Raids on the cocaine region in Bolvia in 1986)

It does not include threats of nuclear weapons against a territory, such as during the Berlin Air Lift (1948-49).

It also excludes any time US military personnel were deployed to a foreign country for an exclusively humanitarian purpose – e.g. sending troops to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to provide assistance to refugees fleeing the Rwandan genocide (1996-97).