A Time of Terror

The 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the ensuing 19-month presence of U.S. and West European peace-keeping forces touched off a wave of bombings, assassinations and other bloody gestures of protest against the foreign visitors. Among the entries in that chronology of terror:

April 18, 1983: The U.S. embassy in West Beirut is devastated by a car bomb; 63 people killed, including 17 Americans.

Oct. 23, 1983: U.S. Marine headquarters near Beirut International Airport and a French military barracks are attacked almost simultaneously by suicide truck bombers; 241 U.S. servicemen and 58 French paratroopers killed.

Nov. 4, 1983: Israeli military headquarters in Tyre is...

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