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Marines in Beirut on alert for new kamikaze attacks

The US marines at Beirut airport are on 24-hour alert against kamikaze attacks and assaults by terrorists using existing underground tunnels, the base commander, Brig. Gen. James Joy, said Monday.

Druze snipers killed a US marine and wounded three others at the airport Monday. The marines retaliated with tank, mortar, and machine gun fire in three exchanges that shut the airport for several hours.

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The Pentagon says 263 marines have died in Lebanon since US forces were deployed there in August 1982.

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