On October 23, 1983, six months after the embassy bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, “an almost identical suicide truck bomb destroyed the Marine barracks a few miles away at the Beirut airport; 242 Marines died in their bunks that Sunday morning. Another 58 French troops were killed almost simultaneously when another suicide truck bomb detonated at the French base. In both cases, the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.”

 – Peter Lance, 1000 Years For Revenge, Page 181