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Grenada / United States Invasion #81357

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 25, 1983
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(Studio) United States, with token Caribbean force, reported invading Grenada; American death toll so far from recent bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, mentioned. No. Cubans allegedly captured and killed in invasion, as well as USSR citizens, outlined.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Apparent details of United States invasion outlined; films shown. No. Caribbean troops arriving after invasion noted.
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Barbados) Invasion noted staged in part from here; details given, films shown. [Radio Free Grenada ANNOUNCER - reports United States invasion, Grenadian resistance.] [Invasion force broadcast ANNOUNCER - outlines invaders' official explanation.] Optimism of exiled Grenadian leaders for regaining control of island noted.
REPORTER: Mark Potter

(Studio) Fate of coup leader General Hudson Austin said unknown as of yet; Reagan noted claiming invasion was at request of Org. of Eastern Caribbean States. Details given; ntns. contributing troops to invasion listed.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) [REAGAN - lists official reasons for invading Grenada.] His further rationale for action outlined; invasion planning said beginning during President's Georgia weekend. His briefing by Secretary of State George Shultz, mtgs. with Vice President George Bush, national security adviser Robert McFarlane reported; USSR and Cuba noted informed before Congress of invasion. Reagan's letter to Congress circumventing War Powers Act quoted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) President's news conference Thursday announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) [March 27, 1983, President REAGAN - claims Cubans, with USSR financing and backing, are constructing major airfield in Grenada.] Basis of United States political concerns leading to invasion explained. [Caribbean basin expert Georges FAURIOL - claims USSR presence was increasing on Grenada.] Grenadian Prime Min. Maurice Bishop recalled apparently killed in coup earlier in month and replaced by deputy prime minister Bernard Coard; link between events in El Salvador and Nicaragua and United States decision to take over Grenada considered. United States invasion of Dominican Republic 18 years ago recalled; films of that era shown.
REPORTER: Jack Smith

(Studio) Upcoming item announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Potter, Mark;
Smith, Jack

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