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Jack Carr’s take on the 1983 Beirut Marine barracks terror attack 40 years ago: ‘Opening salvo in a new war’

Shortly past daybreak on the morning of Oct. 23, 1983, a Mercedes truck tore through the concertina wire that surrounded the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.  

The truck was loaded with PETN explosive wrapped in compressed gas canisters. 

Inside the four-story Battalion Landing Team headquarters and barracks — colorfully known as the “Beirut Hilton” — some 350 American troops still slumbered. It was Sunday — a day of rest.

American troops were in Lebanon to help stabilize a nation torn apart by eight years of civil war that had killed tens of thousands and devastated the once-beautiful capital of Beirut, formerly hailed as the “Paris of the Middle East.”

There has long been RUMINT — or rumor intelligence — that this service was assisted by another agency headquartered closer to the Beltway, one whose unofficial motto also comes from the Bible, John 8:32: “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” 

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Jack Carr is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Devil’s Hand and host of the “Danger Close Podcast.” His latest book is “Only the Dead” (Atria/Emily Bestler Books, May 16, 2023). He is a former Navy SEAL task unit commander and sniper with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Visit him at and follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @JackCarrUSA.


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