On This Day…..

Beirut Embassy Bombing…..

April 18, 1983…..

A suicide truck-bomber strikes the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 17 Americans and 46 Lebanese. This attack marked the beginning of Islamist attacks on U.S. targets and remains the most lethal attack in the CIA’s history. The pro-Iranian group Islamic Jihad Organization claimed responsibility for the bombing. However, the U.S. claimed the Iranian-backed Muslim militia group Hezbollah were responsible for the attack. It happened during the Lebanese Civil War after the U.S. and other Western countries intervened.
The U.S. would relocate its embassy to Aukar, a Christian suburb of East Beirut, where it was again bombed the following year.