More than three decades ago, U.S. President Ronald Reagan authorized Operation Urgent Fury, which led to American troops briefly capturing the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada in the space of weeks. Political chaos on the island, spurred by the ousting and execution of its leftist leader by more radical elements, gave Washington a pretext to intervene in a country it feared was becoming a Cuban satellite and a new front in the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

By Ishaan Tharoor

Source: The Washington Post

PPL Keyword: Grenada

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