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Grenada (1983)

The United States Government sent 6,000 troops to invade Grenada in October 1983 after leaders of a local ””Revolutionary Military Council”” (RMC) ousted and killed Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and his cabinet ministers from the moderate New Jewel Movement.

The Americans regarded the coup as a threat to their own security, and the invasion, code-named ””Urgent Fury,”” was designed to remove the RMC and install a pan-Caribbean council to govern the tiny island until democratic elections could be held.

Although the local Grenadan troops put up a fight, the United States succeeded in its mission, which was criticised by the United Nations Security Council as a violation of international law.

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