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  • Panama
    Wednesday Mar 16, 1988

    Invasion of Panama

    The First Coup attempt

    Panama
    Wednesday Mar 16, 1988

    In March 1988, Noriega's forces resisted an attempted coup against the government of Panama. As relations continued to deteriorate, Noriega appeared to shift his Cold War allegiance towards the Soviet bloc, soliciting and receiving military aid from Cuba, Nicaragua, and Libya. American military planners began preparing contingency plans to invade Panama.




  • Panama
    Thursday May 11, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    Operation Nimrod Dancer

    Panama
    Thursday May 11, 1989

    President Bush orders 1,900 additional combat troops to Panama (Operation Nimrod Dancer).




  • Panama City, Panama
    Tuesday Oct 3, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    The Second coup attempt

    Panama City, Panama
    Tuesday Oct 3, 1989

    In October 1989, Noriega foiled a second coup attempt by members of the Panamanian Defense Forces (PDF), led by Major Moisés Giroldi.




  • Panama
    Tuesday Dec 19, 1989
    01 AM

    Invasion of Panama

    The Military incursion into Panama

    Panama
    Tuesday Dec 19, 1989
    01 AM

    The military incursion into Panama began on 20 December 1989, at 1:00 a.m. local time. The operation involved 27,684 U.S. troops and over 300 aircraft. These aircraft were deployed against the 16,000 members of the PDF.




  • Colón, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    Operations in Colon City

    Colón, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    3d Bde, 7th Infantry Division (L) (4/17th Inf) began operations in Colon City, the Canal Zone, and Panama City.




  • Panama City, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    Operation Nifty Package

    Panama City, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    Operation Nifty Package was an operation launched by Navy SEALs to prevent Noriega's escape. They sank Noriega's boat and destroyed his jet, at a cost of four killed and nine wounded.




  • Pacora River Bridge, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    Securing Pacora River Bridge

    Pacora River Bridge, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    Elements of 1st and 3rd Bn, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conducted air assault and secured Pacora River Bridge preventing PDF reinforcements from reaching Omar Torrijos Airport and Panama City.


  • Gamboa, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    Raid at Renacer Prison

    Gamboa, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    The Raid at Renacer Prison was an attack on the El Renacer prison in Gamboa, Panama, by units of the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army on 20 December 1989, during the United States invasion of Panama. During the raid the U.S. military was able to free the sixty-four prisoners held in the detention facility.


  • Panama City, Panama
    Thursday Dec 21, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    Marriott hostages

    Panama City, Panama
    Thursday Dec 21, 1989

    Marriott Hotel was secured and hostages evacuated.


  • Panama City, Panama
    Wednesday Jan 3, 1990

    Invasion of Panama

    Noriega Surrendered To The U.S. Military

    Panama City, Panama
    Wednesday Jan 3, 1990

    Noriega remained at large for several days, but realizing he had few options in the face of a massive manhunt and a $1 million reward for his capture, he obtained refuge in the Vatican diplomatic mission in Panama City. The U.S. military's psychological pressure on him and diplomatic pressure on the Vatican mission, Noriega finally surrendered to the U.S. military on 3 January 1990. He was immediately put on an MC-130E Combat Talon I aircraft and flown to the U.S.


  • Panama
    Wednesday Jan 31, 1990

    Invasion of Panama

    Operation Promote Liberty

    Panama
    Wednesday Jan 31, 1990

    Operation Just Cause ends, and beginning Operation Promote Liberty to rebuild the Panamanian military and civilian infrastructure.


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