|In May 1958, civil war broke out between Christians and Moslems in Lebanon. In July a coup took place in Iraq, replacing the pro-western government with a more radical one.
On July 14th, President Chamoun of Lebanon requested the assistance of President Eisenhower, claiming that he could not survive both domestic rebels and "indirect aggression." The following day Eisenhower sent 5,000 marines to Beirut, Lebanon's major city.
Ultimately, 14,000 marines were promised. This helped to stabilize Lebanon, and by October the troops were withdrawn.