History Tip of the Day – September 21st

Hezbollah kidnaps CIA bureau chief, March 16th, 1984

Minutes before 8 a.m., William Buckley, the fifty-five-year-old chief of the CIA’s Beirut station, is captured at his apartment building. He is the fourth of thirty key Americans kidnapped by Muslim extremists in Lebanon. Soon after, his captors round up his network of spies and informers within Lebanon, and murder them one by one. This confirms to the CIA that Buckley was tortured, and has broken. Buckley will endure more than a year of captivity before he is executed by Hezbollah. His corpse will not be located until 1991. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.