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Vietnam / Air War #19029

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 26, 1972
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(Studio) United States resumes intensive bombing North Vietnam following 36 hour cease-fire for Christmas. North Vietnam says will resume Paris Peace Talks only if United States quits bombing north of 20th parallel. Soviet Premier Kosygin calls raids senseless brutalities. Hanoi claims to have shot down 8 more B-52's today. So far US admits losing 17 planes in last 10 days, include 11 B-52's. Newsmen having great difficulty getting reports on bombing from Pentagon.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Pentagon) Pentagon spokesperson Jerry Friedheim will only say bombing is major effort causing much damage to enemy. Won't say how much dam- age caused, even in early raids. [FRIEDHEIM - says won't share specifics on raids with enemy. Feels Americans support withholding information from enemy.] Friedheim didn't explain how release of week-old bombing damage might endanger American airmen. Hanoi already this info.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman

Smith, Howard K.;
Zimmerman, Bill

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