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Africa Conflicts / Zaire Invasion and United States Policy / Ethiopia-Eritrea Issue #257853

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 16, 1978
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(Studio) United States troop alert in event of need to evacuate Americans from embattled Shaba prov. in Zaire noted. Rebel takeover of copper mining town of Kolwezi and apparent danger of same to railroad town of Mutshatsha reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Pentagon orders for 82nd Airborne Div. to be on standby alert and for airlift cargo planes, noted as probably C-141's, to fly to Pope Air Force Base near Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where 82nd is based, detailed. Secretary of State Vance's comments on situation, after briefing House members on it, reported [VANCE - describes situation in Kolwezi according to reports from area that has been taken over by Katanganese invaders. Can only say evacuation of American ntls. in area may be necessary.]
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) Reports of deaths of Belgians and an Italian, but no Americans, since rebels began offensive stated. Zaire's charge that Cuban troops from Angola back rebel forces and lack of confirmation of this mentioned. President Carter's comments to congress leaders during meeting today, on legislature restrictions put on admin. in giving emergency aid to friendly ntns. and congress leaders' response reported Beginning of major offensive against Eritrean rebels by Ethiopian government forces, backed by Cuban and USSR military advisers, noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike

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