Gabrielle Falco
Eight hundred marines were deployed to protect Lebanon and coordinate the Palestinian withdrawal. The goal was to provide peace to Lebanon between Muslim and Christian groups after a decade of war prior. Sadly, on October 23rd, 1983 a suicide bomber killed 241 marine peacekeepers in what is known as the, "deadliest attack against US Marines since the battle over Iwo Jima in 1945."
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The attack of the Marine Barracks in Beirut forever changed global perspectives on terrorism because it unofficially marked a policy of hostility by many in the Middle East towards presence of American peacekeepers, and it marked a strong dissent of western countries toward Middle Eastern terrorism.