Wednesday, October 23, 2013

On This Day: U.S. Embassy in Beirut hit by massive car bomb

On this day, a suicide bomber drives a truck filled with 2,000 pounds of explosives into a U.S. Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut International Airport. The explosion killed 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. A few minutes after that bomb went off, a second bomber drove into the basement of the nearby French paratroopers’ barracks, killing 58 more people. Four months after the bombing, American forces left Lebanon without retaliating.

Photo caption: This is a general view of the American Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, after a huge bomb blast caused the collapse of the entire front of the seven-story structure, April 18, 1983. Rescue vehicles are seen in foreground as a helicopter flies overhead. (AP Photo)

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