Menu

Terror

Top Marine general, survivors recall 1983 Beirut bombing as early chapter in war on terrorism

The Marine Corps' top general and survivors are gathering to mark 30 years since the deadly Beirut barracks bombing that many consider the opening blast in America's war against terrorists.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos will speak Wednesday at a memorial bordering Camp Lejeune that honors the deadliest terrorist attack on Americans prior to Sept. 11, 2001.

Many of the 241 Americans killed on Oct. 23, 1983, were members of Camp Lejeune's 24th Marine Amphibious Unit.

A suicide truck-bomber attacked the military barracks in Lebanon's capital that was home to a U.S. peacekeeping force. A U.S. investigation blamed lax security for allowing the terrorist to get into the Marines' compound.

The bombing was blamed on the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran.

Bank Rates

Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
30 Y Fixed Graph 4.27% up 4.22%  
15 Y Fixed Graph 3.27% -- 3.27%  
30 Y Fixed Jumbo Graph 4.56% dw 4.60%  
5/1 ARM Graph 3.35% dw 3.48%  
5/1 Jumbo ARM Graph 3.54% up 3.51%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
$30K HELOC Graph 4.38% dw 4.46%  
$50K HELOC Graph 4.11% dw 4.17%  
$30K Loan Graph 4.99% dw 5.10%  
$50K Loan Graph 4.40% dw 4.55%  
$75K Loan Graph 4.40% dw 4.51%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
36 M New Graph 2.91% up 2.86%  
36 M Used Graph 3.43% up 3.36%  
48 M New Graph 3.19% up 3.14%  
48 M Used Graph 2.97% up 2.93%  
60 M New Graph 3.22% up 3.17%  
Loan Type Graph Yield +/- Last Week
6 month Graph 0.35% up 0.34%  
1 yr Graph 0.68% -- 0.68%  
5 yr Graph 1.38% up 1.37%