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Undeclared conflicts fought by the United States have included relatively minor actions, such as the invasion of Grenada in 1983 and the capture of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega in 1989, as well as some of the longest and costliest wars in U.S. history, such as the Korean War in the 1950s and the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s. Official reasons for the actions usually fell into two classes: to protect American lives, as in Grenada after a Marxist coup and in Panama after Noriega was indicted for drug trafficking, or to help democratic allies such as South Korea and South Vietnam resist Communist invaders.  more...

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