Iran Ordered Attack on U.S. Marines in Lebanon

[Ha'aretz] Amir Oren - The assassination of senior Hizbullah operative Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus in February was "long overdue justice," said Col. (ret.) Timothy J. Geraghty, the commanding officer of the Marine unit devastated by the suicide bombing of its barracks near Beirut in 1983, writing in Proceedings Magazine, the flagship publication of the U.S. Naval Institute. "Unknown to us at the time, the National Security Agency had made a diplomatic communications intercept on 26 September in which the Iranian Intelligence Service provided explicit instructions to the Iranian ambassador in Damascus (a known terrorist) to attack the Marines at Beirut International Airport. The suicide attackers struck us 28 days later, with word of the intercept stuck in the intelligence pipeline until days after the attack."

2008-10-06 01:00:00

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