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Syria / Israel / Lebanon / US #277210

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 20, 1981
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(Studio) Hafez al-Assad reported blaming Israeli downing of 2 Syrian helicopters 3 weeks ago for present deployment of Syrian missiles in Lebanon.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Damascus, Syria) Assad said interviewed on television for 1st time in 2 years [ASSAD - calls Syrian stand defensive.] Assad said blaming Israeli aggression. [ASSAD - speaks through interpreter.] Details of interview given. United States role in situation said blamed by Assad. Assad's welcome of diplomatic efforts noted.
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

(Studio) Re: Philip Habib, Assad said chging. he only presents Israeli demands.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Tel Aviv, Israel) [HABIB - refuses comment.] [Menahem BEGIN - calls Assad extremist.] Further details of interview given, especially with regard to Saudi Arabia. Habib said treating missiles crisis in broader context of whole Lebanese problem. Intricacies of situation noted.

Kladstrup, Don;
Rather, Dan;
Simon, Bob

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