The Bombing of the U.S. Marines

Barracks in Beirut

(October 23, 1983)

The Bombing of the U.S. Marines

Barracks in Beirut

(October 23, 1983)

Beirut Marine Barracks U.S. Marines help survivors of the Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing 

President Reagan sent the U.S. Marines to Lebanon to act as peacekeepers in the war between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization. Over time, the mission changed, and the United States ended up taking sides in the ongoing Lebanese Civil War. 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.

On 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.

PREDECESSOR: (Related conflicts and events that occurred before)

Lebanese Civil War (1958)

U.S. Intervention in Lebanese Civil War (1958)

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (1964-Present)

Lebanese Civil War (1975-1991)

Isreali Invasion & Occupation of Lebanon (1982-2000)


CONCURRENT: (Related conflicts occurring at the same time)

U.S. Invasion of Grenada


SUCCESSOR: (Related conflicts that occur later)


Beirut Memorial On Line --Dedicated to U.S. servicemen who served in Lebanon from 1982-84. Includes those that died from the truck bombing on Oct 23, 1983.

1983 Beirut barracks bombing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Marine Barracks Bombing --From about.com

CNN.com - Iran responsible for 1983 Marine barracks bombing, judge rules - May. 30, 2003 --News report from CNN

Israel Charged With Systematic Harassment of U.S. Marines --Examines events leading up to the October 1983 terrorist attack on U.S. marines in Beirut. By Donald Neff, March 1995.

Iran's defence chief tied to Beirut bombing of U.S. Marines (PDF) --From Iran Focus, dealing with news on Iran.

BBC NEWS | Americas | Iran 'liable' for Beirut bomb

US Marines Hit By Suicide Bomber In Beirut--An account of the attack.

Proud Marines --Dedicated to the Marines who died in Beirut, Lebanon 1982-1984.

On This Day: October 23, 1983 --Reproduces the full text of The New York Times coverage on the day of the attack on U.S. marines in Beirut.

The United States in Lebanon: A Case for Disengagement --Analysis by Sheldon L. Richman. From Policy Analysis, April 1984.

President Reagan on the Deployment of the Marines in Lebanon --Text of the February 7, 1984 speech.


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