Operation Urgent Fury
The Invasion of Grenada, codenamed Operation Urgent Fury, occurred in October 1983 and marked a significant moment in the history of the Caribbean and U.S. foreign policy. It began when a Marxist-Leninist government came to power in Grenada, leading to concerns about the potential for Soviet influence in the region.
On October 25, 1983, the United States, along with several Caribbean nations, launched the invasion to restore order and remove the revolutionary government led by Maurice Bishop. The operation faced international controversy, as it was executed without the approval of the United Nations.
The invasion swiftly overcame resistance from Grenadian and Cuban forces. It resulted in the restoration of constitutional government, the capture of several Cuban advisors, and the eventual establishment of a democratic system in Grenada. While the invasion achieved its objectives, it stirred debate about U.S. intervention in foreign affairs and the broader implications for Cold War politics in the Caribbean.
Operation Urgent Fury remains a significant event in the history of U.S. military interventions in the region and the broader context of Cold War conflicts.