Oct 10 2008
October 23, 1983 – 25 years ago today – arguably the first mass casualty event in the War on Islam was the suicide bombing that killed 241 and wounded 60 in the Marine Barracks in Beirut.
The attack gave a boost to the growth of the Shi’ite organization Hezbollah. Hezbollah denied involvement in the attacks but was seen by Lebanese as involved nonetheless as it praised the “two martyr mujahideen” who “set out to inflict upon the U.S. Administration an utter defeat not experienced since Vietnam …” Hezbollah was now seen by many as “the spearhead of the sacred Muslim struggle against foreign occupation”.
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