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Terrorism / Syria #102623

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 21, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(London, England: John Laurence) Syria's role in recent wave of British and West German terrorist attacks, rather than Libya alone, examined in detail; scenes shown. Attempted bombing of El Al plane by Nezar Hindawi in London and West Berlin bombings by his brother Ahmed Hasi and Farouk Salameh and their Syrian connection detailed on screen. [Berlin justice minister professor Rupert SCHOLZ - cites evidence indicating Syria's involvement.] [Attorney Ulo SALM - thinks Hasi bombed West Berlin sites for greed rather than political ideals.] Hindawi's and Hasi's relationship with Libya considered. Syrian President Hafez al-Assad said denying involvement in British and West German terrorist incidents.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Syria's apparent role in Rome and Vienna airport bombings discussed.

(DC: John McWethy) Factors underlying Reagan administration's reluctance to publicly accuse Syria of terrorism listed discussed. [Mideast expert Judith KIPPER - questions credibility of terrorists' confessions.] [Georgetown Univ. Arab studies spokesperson Michael HUDSON - cites political disadvantages to Syria of involvement in terrorism.] [KIPPER, HUDSON - discuss political and strategic reasons for United States not to attack Syria.]

Jennings, Peter;
Laurence, John;
McWethy, John

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