The USA is engaged in the armed conflict in Afghanistan, as a member of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) (see Afghanistan profile, Current conflicts section).
ISAF, which aims to assist the Afghan Transitional Authority in creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment in Kabul and its surrounding area, was created in December 2001, authorised by UN Security Council Resolution 1386 and successive resolutions.
The USA is engaged in the armed conflict in Iraq as part of a coalition called the Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I) (see Iraq profile, Current conflicts section).
The USA is also supporting the Colombian Government in its armed conflict with non-state armed groups, particularly through the implementation of Plan Colombia, which was intended to combat the drug trade.
As of March 2011, following UN Security Council Resolution 1973 of 2011 authorizing the use of force in Libya, the United States was participating in a coalition-led military intervention in the country. Its contribution consisted of:
- B-2 stealth bombers,
- F-16 fighter aircraft,
- F-15E Striker Eagle aircraft,
- E-3 Sentry (Awacs) aircraft,
- RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft,
- the USS Mount Whitney ship and
- nuclear-powered submarines USS Providence, Scranton and Florida.
See also: 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' page, US Department of Defense
Last updated: 25 May 2012