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Marine Commandant, Survivors Remember 1983 Beirut Blast

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The Marine Corps' top general and survivors gathered to mark 30 years since the deadly Beirut barracks bombing that many consider the opening blast in America's war against terrorists.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos spoke Wednesday at a memorial bordering Camp Lejeune that honors the deadliest terrorist attack on Americans prior to Sept. 11, 2001.

Many of the 241 Americans killed on Oct. 23, 1983, were members of Camp Lejeune's 24th Marine Amphibious Unit.

Also speaking was General Al Gray, retired commandant who was head of the 2nd Marine Division at the time of the attack.

A suicide truck-bomber attacked the military barracks in Lebanon's capital that was home to a U.S. peacekeeping force. A U.S. investigation blamed lax security for allowing the terrorist to get into the Marines' compound.

The bombing was blamed on the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran.


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