*Libya. A pair of Navy F14 fighters shoots down two Libyan SU22s with Sidewinder missiles, Aug. 19, 1981. The attack occurs approximately 60 miles off the Libyan coast at the end of a two-day U.S. naval exercise in the disputed Gulf of Sidra.
*Lebanon. U.S. Marines fight Lebanese Shiite militiamen in first gunbattle involving American peacekeepers, Aug. 28, 1983. U.S. warships shell Druse militia positions in the mountains above Beirut, Sept. 8, 1983. U.S. planes attack Syrian gun positions east of Beirut in retaliation for attacks on U.S. reconnaissance flights; two U.S. jets are shot down, Dec. 4, 1983. Less than one half-hour after U.S. Marines complete withdrawal from Beirut, the battleship New Jersey and another U.S. warship open fire on artillery positions in the hills above Beirut, Feb. 26, 1984. Grenada. U.S. force of 1,200 Marines and 700 Army Rangers invades Grenada Oct. 25, 1983, with a small force from Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent "to help in the restoration of democratic institutions in Grenada." U.S. casualty figures announced in December, when the last U.S. combat forces leave the island, are 18 killed, 115 wounded in action and 36 nonbattle injuries.
*Libya. U.S. warplanes attack the antiaircraft site at Surt and two guided missile patrol boats, March 24, 1986, after Libya fires SA5 missiles at Navy aircraft inside the "line of death" across the disputed Gulf of Sidra. U.S. ships and warplanes strike Libyan patrol boats and radar in a second wave of attacks, March 25. U.S. ends exercises in the Gulf on March 27.