Operations Building and exploded.
At least 241 Marines and Sailors were
killed; others died later as a result of their injuries.
The Marines were
part of the peacekeeping forces, along with France, Italy, and Great Britain.
This terrorist activity was in defiance of U.S. presence and policies in the
(2) Robbery is the method used to get supplies. They need these to
equipment, and money are examples. These rank high on the list of priorities
(3) Kidnapping of officials and family members is a method embraced
Yet, victims are seldom the actual targets.
1981, in Verona, Italy, a US Army General was kidnapped from his quarters.
The General did work at HQ, NATO command in Southern Europe.
position consisted merely of bureaucratic functions.
The likely target was
Terrorists unhappy with NATO operations and the US used the
incident to demonstrate vulnerability.
They also used the event to gain
attention and to shock the world.
Perhaps they hoped to gain a few
(4) Arson of government property may be a gesture of their ability to
destroy critical facilities.
Arson could be a diversionary tactic prior to
assault on actual targets.
Terrorist training, weapons, and method of operation
make an ambush a highly attractive terrorist tactic. This tactic underscores
the four characteristics of terrorist operations; they are dynamic and
constantly changing, simple, though well planned, executed quickly to
conserve personnel and equipment, and designed for maximum publicity for
(6) Hijacking tactics offer the chance to use hostages in bargaining
for various demands. Security personnel must admit that terrorists are well
disciplined for violence and destroying human life.
Even their own life
means little if it stands in the way of reaching their goals.
e. Terrorism Counteraction.
The broad scope of terrorist operations
warrants a course of study in itself.
a. Physical security personnel have a working definition of pilferage.
It includes the meanings of "steal," "theft," "larceny," and similar terms.
Included is both petty theft and theft of any amount or monetary value.
Theft of government property should not be viewed solely in terms of monetary
Rather it should be viewed in terms of criticality.
The loss of
supplies critical to the post mission could endanger it.
b. Types of pilferers.