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Monday, December 5, 1983
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2 DEC 5 1983 ft Mon., Dec. 5, 1983 6A ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Reagan Chronology Of Marine Casualties Since Landing In Lebanon From page one Reagan was being kept up to date on developments in Lebanon. Speakes disclosed today that the administration had sent a letter to the president of the U.N. Security Council, 1 underscoring that the U.S. attack "was a discrete measure taken in self-defense in response to Syrian attacks on unarmed U.S. reconnaissance '.flights." Speakes said the letter asked that Syria return two downed U.S. naval air officers believed to be in Syrian hands, and that Syria refrain from further attacks. The United States began the reconnaissance flights, Speakes said, after the suicide bombing attack on Marine headquarters that killed 239 U.S. Dservicemen on Oct. 23. He said the missions were necessary to defend the Marines stationed in and around Beirut as part of a multi-national peace-keeping force. 1 Speakes said the U.S attack was purely in self-defense. "They fired at our planes, and we fired back," he said. : Speakes declined to comment on the new warning by the Syrian ambassador today. President Reagan said Sunday that the U.S. attack had not been coordinated with Israel, in spite of the new agreements on increased military cooperation reached last week during a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. "There was no contact with them" regarding the attack," Reagan said. Asked whether the U.S. attack would complicate efforts to negotiate and agreement for the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon, Reagan replied: "Well, I hope that it doesn't make It any more difficult. I hope that the reaction would be the other way. "But we're going to continue with the mission that we embarked upon some time ago, and that is to bring peace to that area," Reagan said. ; At his briefing today, Speakes also stressed the peace-keeping nature of the U.S. mission there and said the U.S. wants no wider conflict. "We're not engaged in a conflict against Arabs and Moslems," Speakes said. Speakes and other U.S. officials refused to say whether the United States would strike back at Syrian territory if U.S. planes were attacked from there. The attacks on Saturday came from Syrian-held positions inside Lebanon. "The president's policy is to defend the Marines, but we're not addressing what may or may not happen," Speakes said. Navy Plane Crashes In Beirut Suburb ZOUK MKAYEL, Lebanon (UPI) Navy Cmdr. Edward Andrews wanted to ditch his stricken A-7 Corsair jet into the Mediterranean Sea, but the plane swerved inland and crashed in a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. After Andrews ejected and parachuted into the Mediterranean on Sunday, his plane crashed in the garden of Badia Tabet's white stone home, gouging a 4-foot-deep crater before it flipped and spewed bits of flaming metal into the upper bedrooms. Eight people were hurt. : Not much is left of the house. The upstairs walls are gone, part of the ceiling is collapsed, everything is blackened even the tomatoes sitting on the kitchen table. Outside in the yard lies a mangled chandelier and a charred stereo speaker. ' Mrs. Tabet has third-degree burns and is in critical condition. Three of her children have second-degree burns. The two others are still hospitalized with minor burns. Her husband was spared; he was away on business. The force of the crash sent stones from the Tabets' home flying into the house next door, fracturing the legs of a 10-year-old boy and hitting an elderly woman in the head. . After a sleepless night because of shelling from Moslem Druze militias in the hills above them, the neighbors looked shellshocked, their eyes puffy. They were all surprised to hear it was an American plane. "I saw three planes go over into the mountains, then minutes later two came back. The third was smoking and headed out to sea," said Silvana Merhi, 15, who was standing on her balcony at the time. She said she saw the pilot parachute out, but then suddenly his plane turned inland, flipped over and crashed across the street. Stardust Hotel Figures Accused Of Skimming LAS VEGAS, Nev. (UPI) - Nevada has filed a multimillion-dollar complaint charging operators of the Stardust Hotel with permitting massive skimming. The three-page, 18-count complaint was served on Stardust operators Al Sachs and Herb Tobman at the resort by state officials Sunday night. The complaint lists 222 violations of state gaming laws and regulations and alleged that more than $1.5 million was illegally skimmed from the casino last year and this year. ' , , The state Gaming Control Board seized the casino after the complaint had been served. The complaint seeks a record fine of $18 million each from Trans-Sterling, which owns the Stardust and from Karat Inc., the operating company of the Stardust. It also seeks fines of $200,000 from Sachs and $100,000 from Tobma, Following is a chronology of casualties among the U.S. Marines stationed in Lebanon since August 1982, when a contingent landed in Beirut as the first of 1,000 Palestinian guerrillas were evacuated: Sept 30, 1982 One Marine is killed and three are injured while setting off an unexploded part of a cluster bomb in the area the Marines control at Beirut's airport. Nov. 11, 1982 One Marine is wounded when a car bomb explodes close to a Marine position at the western edge of the airport. It was undetermined whether the Marines were the target. March 16, 1983 Five Marines suffer superficial shrapnel wounds in the first grenade attack on the U.S. peacekeepers since they arrived. The grenade was tossed at a Marine patrol south of the airport April 18, 1983 A Marine who was not part of the peacekeeping force is among 63 people killed in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. July 22, 1983 Rockets and mortar shells hit the Marine encampment at the airport, wounding two Marines and one Navy air traffic controller. Aug. 11. 1983 One Marine is wounded when several shells land in the Marine compound as Christian and Druse militiamen fight in the hills overlooking the city. Aug. 29, 1983 Two Marines are killed and 13 wounded when several mortar shells and rockets land in the compound during clashes between the Lebanese army and Shiite Moslem and Druse rebels around the airport. Sept 4, 1983 Israeli forces withdraw from the troubled central mountains and rival Christian and Druse militias escalate their battles, pouring rocket and mortar fire at the Marine compound at the base of the slopes. One Marine is wounded. Sept S, 1983 Four Marines suffer shrapnel wounds as fighting in the mountains continues to spill over into Beirut and the Marine encampment Sept (, 1983 Two Marines are killed and two are wounded in a daybreak barrage of mortars and rockets. Sept 7, 1983 An F-14 Tomcat fighter from the carrier Eisenhower flies over Beirut and the mountains after a Marine is wounded in a barrage. Sept 12, 1983 Three Marines suffer shrapnel wounds when a rocket hits the Marine compound. Oct 14, 1983 One Marine is killed by sniper fire near the airport, and another is seriously injured. Oct 18, 1983 One Marine is killed and three are wounded in sniping and a rocket-propelled grenade attack at the airport. Oct 23, 1983 A suicide terrorist drives a pickup truck packed with explosives into a building full of sleeping American servicemen, killing 239. 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