October 23, 1983 Suicide Truck Bomber Strikes The Marines Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon

President Reagan said the Marines would remain in Lebanon despite the attack.    A few months later, however, they were withdrawn from Lebanon.    The Arlington National Cemetery website writer refers to the deaths of these soldiers as “the first Americans to shed blood in the fight against Middle East terrorism”.  That’s not actually true, but this was the first large-scale suicide attack targeting Americans in the Middle East.

1023 Beirut Lebanon Marine baracks 1983

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