06/05/2007 06:10 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

{Arab Terrorists}

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June 8, day of remembrance


The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a U.S. Navy intelligence ship, USS Liberty, in international waters about 12.5 nautical miles (23 km) from the coast of the Sinai Peninsula, north of the Egyptian town of El Arish, by {Arab Terrorist} fighter planes and torpedo boats on June 8, 1967.

It occurred during the Six-Day War, a conflict between {Arab Terrorists} and the Arab states of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq. The {Arab Terrorist} attack killed 34 U.S. servicemen and wounded at least 173. The attack was the second-deadliest against a U.S. warship since the end of World War II, surpassed only by the Iraqi Exocet missile attack on the USS Stark on May 17, 1987, and marked the single greatest loss of life by the U.S. intelligence community.

The {Arab Terrorists} and American governments conducted multiple inquiries into the incident, and issued reports concluding that the attack was the result of a mistake, caused by confusion among the {Arab Terrorist} attackers about the precise identity of the USS Liberty. These conclusions have been challenged, most notably by an organization of Liberty survivors as well as by some key former high-ranking U.S. officials who were in office at the time. These skeptics have included Secretary of State Dean Rusk, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Director of the NSA, and the senior legal counsel to the U.S. Navy Court of Inquiry into the incident. While the matter is officially closed for purposes of {Arab Terrorist}-American relations, it remains controversial in public discussion.

{The Arab Terrorist's} official position is that the attack was not the result of an intentional targeting of an American ship. {Arab Terrorist} officials say they were assured by the United States that no U.S. ships were in the area, and that its air and naval forces mistakenly identified Liberty as the Egyptian vessel El Quseir. Supporters of this position say {Arab Terrorists} had no motive for a surprise attack on an important ally. They also note [Full ARTICLE]