ABC Evening News for Monday, Aug 03, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Jarriel) State Department's reaction to Ayatollah Khomeini's attempt to blame United States for last week's riots in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in which large number Iranian religious pilgrims died noted.
(No location given: Pierre Salinger) Mecca riot, believed begun by Iranian pilgrims, reviewed. [Courtesy Saudi TV, voice of COMMENTATOR - narrates scenes of riot.] Khomeini's claim that United States is responsible quoted on screen. [Mideast expert George JOFFE - explains Iranian mentality justifying its own aggression &extremism toward other Arab states and world in general] Concerns of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait about unrest in their pro-Iranian Shiite Moslem populations discussed; Iran's overtures to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi mentioned. Efforts of Iranian pilgrims to smuggle plastic explosives into Mecca last year shown.
(Studio: Tom Jarriel) "Nightline" announced.
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