Christian Lebanese women, members of Kataeb Phalangist party, train with weapons on Sept. 9, 1976. The Lebanese civil war erupted a year earlier. ("A Brief History Of Women In Combat", The Picture Show, NPR)
1975: Lebanon is plunged into civil war on April 13 after five years of confrontations, often bloody, between Lebanese and Palestinian refugees. The PLO has used refugee camps as bases for guerrilla attacks on Israel, and violence escalates as both sides begin using artillery.