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Old 10-23-2019, 07:01 AM   #1
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Default Remembering the Attack in Beirut

On October 23, 1983, 220 Marines were killed at a Marine compound in Beirut, Lebanon. This attack has been deemed the deadliest attack against US Marines since the battle of Iwo Jima during WWII. On the morning of the 23rd, a truck carrying 2000 pounds of explosives drove onto the Marine base and crashed into the barracks. The origins of the attack was traced back to Hezbollah--a militant and political group that was established in 1982 in Lebanon. As the car entered the compound, no one questioned it presence, it wasn't until it suddenly veered off course--plowing into a wire barrier and between two guard posts. By that time, however, it was too late to do anything to prevent the coming attack. The entire building was destroyed, flattening the structure and all of those that were trapped within; in total there were 241 US military personnel--220 Marines, 18 Navy sailors, and 3 Army soldiers--were killed, with 100 more injured. For an event rarely talked about in today's world, it signaled the beginning of a new norm of warfare that the United States would be facing.



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