Marines help survivors of the Beirut
Reagan sent the U.S. Marines to Lebanon to
act as peacekeepers in the
between Israel and the Palestine
Over time, the mission changed, and the
United States ended up taking sides in the
For nearly two years, the U.S. was in a de
facto state of war with Syria and its
allies among the Lebanese Muslim militias,
including Amal, and Hezbollah.
the morning of October 23, 1983, a
Hezbollah suicide bomber drove a truck
into the Marine barracks at Beirut
airport, setting off an explosion which
killed nearly 250 Marines.
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