Marines to Lebanon

US Marines in Lebanon

President Eisenhower sent US Marines to Lebanon to stop a potential coup and stabilize the government. The first Marines arrived on May 16, 1958.

Lebanon was divided between Christians, and Muslim and tensions were always high. Tensions were high in Lebanon after Syria and Egypt united under the flag of the United Arab Republic. After a coup in Iraq, the Lebanese government feared imminent civil war and asked the United States for help

President Eisenhower responded on July 15th, and so began Operation Blue Bat. The next day the first Marines arrived. The goals of the operation were to seize the airport and then gain control of the port. The Marines soon gained control of the airport. American forces stayed until October 15th. By then thanks to the US help the Lebanese factions compromised and agreed to a reconciliation between the groups.