Saturday, April 18, 2009

26 Yrs Ago Today US Embassy In Beirut Was Bombed

Family and friends of those affected by this are in my thoughts and prayers today.

On April 18, 1983, our friends, the Iranian Mullahs funded a Hezbollah suicide bomber. He attacked the US Embassy in Beirut and killed a total of 63 people.

Wiki:A total of 63 people were killed in the bombing: 32 Lebanese employees, 17 Americans, and 14 visitors and passersby.[3] Of the American dead, eight worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, including the CIA's top Middle East analyst and Near East director, Robert C. Ames, and the entire Middle East contingent of the CIA.[4] An additional 120 or so people were wounded in the bombing.

A pro-Iranian group calling itself the Islamic Jihad ("Islamic Struggle") Organization took responsibility for the bombing in a telephone call to a news office immediately after the blast. The anonymous caller said, "This is part of the Iranian revolution's campaign against imperialist targets throughout the world. We shall keep striking at any imperialist presence in Lebanon, including the international force."[6] (The group had earlier taken responsibility for a grenade attack in which five U.S. members of the international peacekeeping force had been wounded.)

Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. September 8, 2003, awarded $123 million to 29 American victims and family members of Americans killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut. Judge Royce Lamberth of U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. May 30, 2003, had determined that the bombing was carried out by the militant group Hezbollah with the approval and financing of senior Iranian officials, paving the way for the victims to seek damages. The trial had opened March 17


I would link to the memorial site, unfortunately it has malware. Some areshole has managed to screw with it.

Crossposted at Jawa Report

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