Monday, August 20, 2012

On August 20

On this day in ...
... 1982 (30 years ago today), a multinational force arrived in Lebanon, site of civil war since 1975. The force, which included 800 U.S. Marines, was tasked with overseeing Palestinian withdrawal from Lebanon. (credit for 1982 photo of Navy amphibian arriving in Beirut) As stated here, it was "a problem-plagued mission that would stretch into 17 months and leave 262 U.S. servicemen dead," as well as scores of French soldiers – most of them killed in suicide bombing attacks on October 23, 1983.

(Prior August 20 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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