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Zaire Conflict #257889

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 18, 1978
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(Studio) Plans for rescue mission into Zaire, for foreign ntls. trapped in Shaba prov., by French For. Legion troops leaving from Corsica and Belgian troops leaving from Brussels, noted; film and map shown. President Carter's authorization of funds to be spent on aid for Zaire and other United States aid preparations reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Details given on information learned about United States agreement to set up refueling point in south Zaire for Belgian C-130 planes en route to Shaba prov. to rescue those trapped by fighting. Plans for United States Air Force C-141 aircraft probably to land at government air base in Kamina, north of Kolwezi, reported according to sources information Is noted that United States aid is to Belgium, not Zaire. Contd. alert status of 82nd Airborne Div. at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and government reports that they won't be involved in evacuation efforts noted.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) Reports that Kamina is next rebel target stated. Details about fighting in Kolwezi and President Mobutu Sese Seko's tour of recaptured Kolwezi airport with West reporters also given.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike

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