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Lebanon Hostages / Jacobsen Released #100050

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 02, 1986
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(Larnaca, Cyprus: Jeanne Meserve) Expected arrival here of hostage David Jacobsen, released by Islamic Jihad captors in Beirut after negotiations by Terry Waite, reported; details given, scenes shown. Islamic Jihad's statement quoted on screen. [October 2, on videotape, JACOBSEN - criticizes United States government's handling of their plight.]

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(Santa Barbara, California: Sheilah Kast) White House silence on events leading to Jacobsen's release noted; scenes shown. [Spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - cites administration's policy of no statement] [Courtesy "This Wk.", chief of staff Don. REGAN - explains need for silence; denies negotiating with terrorists or that France is playing role.] Other United States hostages noted include Terry Anderson, Joseph Cicippio, Frank Reed, Thomas Sutherland and Edward Tracy. [SPEAKES - notes Waite works for Archbishop of Canterbury, not United States government; denies President Reagan is playing pols. with hostages.]

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Syria's past role in hostage releases and indications of new United States channel for hostage negotiations examined; details given, scenes shown. [REGAN -claims Syria's role in Jacobsen's release was minimal.] [Mideast expert Judith KIPPER - thinks Iran is now involved.] Possible focus of yesterday's Damascus meeting of Iranian foreign minister and President Hafez al-Assad cited. [REGAN - notes increase hostility of United States toward Syria; threatens possible action.]

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Waite's description of hostage negotiation process quoted.

Donaldson, Sam;
Kast, Sheilah;
McWethy, John;
Meserve, Jeanne

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