The French mandate lasted until 1943, when two independent countries emerged, Syria and Lebanon. French troops eventually left Syria and Lebanon in 1946. The Israeli invasion was tacitly approved by the U.S., and the U.S. provided overt military support to Isra… On October 23, 1983, two truck bombs struck buildings in Beirut, Lebanon, housing American and French service members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon (MNF), a military peacekeeping operation during the Lebanese Civil War. Lebanon: French Jets Fly Reprisal Mission Israelis Stage Raids, Lose One Jet Syria-U.S. War of Words Continues A squadron of French Super Etendard jet fighter-bombers the evening of Nov. 17 carried out a series of bombing and rocket attacks on what the French described as an Iranian-occupied barracks outside the eastern Lebanon city of Baalbek. Massive explosion rocks Lebanon's capital Dozens of people reportedly killed in Beirut blast; Trey Yingst reports. On June 6, 1982, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) initiated Operation "Peace for Galilee" and invaded Lebanon in order to create a 40 km buffer zone between the PLO and Syrian forces in Lebanon and Israel. The attack killed 307 people: 241 U.S. and 58 French military personnel, six civilians, and two attackers.