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Grenada / United States Invasion #81381

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 27, 1983
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(Studio) Current status of resistance on Grenada to United States invasion noted; Defense Department films of captured Cubans shown. General Hudson Austin, leader of recent coup, said holding hostages and demanding safe passage to Guyana; current United States death and casualty toll outlined.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Specifics of United States invasion, include various assault sites, discussed; details illustrated on screen. Army's secret Delta group, with its origins in Iran rescue attempt, said basis for Pentagon preventing media on island during invasion. Extent of Cuban military presence on Grenada outlined on screen, discussed; intelligence hypotheses concerning Cuban arms cache considered. Apparent failure of United States intelligence community to detect major Cuban military presence on Grenada prior to invasion noted.
REPORTER: John McWethy

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

(DC) President `s anticipated remarks on United States invasion of Grenada and on recent bombing of Marine compound in Beirut, Lebanon, discussed; details outlined on screen. [National security adviser Robert McFARLANE - believes invasion was timely.] [Saint Lucia Prime Min. John COMPTON - claims Cuban mil. build-up on Grenada threatened whole of Caribbean.] General Paul X. Kelley noted advising President on his recent tour of Marines in Lebanon. [Vice President George BUSH - conts. to be committed to remaining in Lebanon despite terrorists.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) House For. Affairs Committee reported passing resolution invoking provisions of War Powers Act to control United States military presence in Grenada; details given.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(NYC) Response of United States medical students evacuated from Grenada examined; films shown. [Matthew KEARN, Stefanie JACOBS, George GIANNAKOUPOLOS, Jonathan BECK - describe invasion.] Student photos shown; number students living off-campus still reported missing mentioned. [Saint George's Medical School Chancellor Charles MODICA - describes effort to locate missing students.] Student Mark Baratella's continual radio contact with United States and his peers' praise of him noted. [BARATELLA - dismisses being hero.]
REPORTER: Stone Phillips

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Phillips, Stone

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