Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing Fast Facts
The Beirut Marine Barracks bombing happened in Beirut on July 12, 1980. On that day, the Marines stationed in the city were on a one-day training exercise, code named “Camp Thunder,” which involved practicing bombing. The bombing was a suicide mission that targeted the barracks area.
July 12, 1980, Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing – The blast did not result in anyone being killed, and only three Marines were wounded. But the blast was so powerful that it damaged the barracks and damaged the headquarters of the Marine Corps, the Marine Corps Headquarters Annex, and a small portion of the Beirut Police headquarters, which all are situated inside the barracks, and severely damaged the Lebanese government headquarters. The barracks were damaged in so many different ways that it took months to rebuild them with sufficient security measures. However, they were still in use at the time of the bombing. In the aftermath, the Marines remained on active duty at Beirut Marine Barracks until their expiration date of July 31, 1981.
When was the Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing?
The Beirut Marine Barracks bombing was one of many bombings that took place in Beirut in the 1980s. Beirut’s history of bombings during the 1970s and 1980s remains relevant to the current geopolitical environment. The bombings have had lasting effects, and have shown that despite the relative stability since the Iran-Iraq War in the early 1980s, the country is still in a tense state of affairs.
The Beirut Marine Barracks bombing was another of many terrorist attacks that occurred in the Lebanese capital of Beirut in the 1980s. Beirut’s history of bombings during the 1970s and 1980s remains relevant to the current geopolitical environment. The embassies in Beirut have been attacked numerous times over the years, and the city has seen a number of high-profile terrorist attacks including the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks and the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Lebanon has been under a state of emergency since 1975, with the state taking measures to prevent political demonstrations from happening, and preventing the country from being split. The Lebanese state has been accused of not doing enough to protect its citizens, and some have deemed it as a failure of national security.