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US-Libya Relations / Plane Skirmish #278954

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 19, 1981
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(Studio) United States naval fighters from USS Nimitz reported shooting down Libyan jets; ea. nation's version of event outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Pentagon's account of confrontation examined; films, maps shown. Communication sequence leading to President Reagan learning of situation outlined on screen, discussed; Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's defense of US action noted. [WEINBERGER - notes consequences of another response by US; mentions Colonel Muammar Kadhafi.] Further confrontations of United States and Libyan planes today mentioned.

(Studio) Reagan noted not informed immediately about dogfight.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Los Angeles, California) Admin.'s defense of naval maneuvers in waters claimed by Kadhafi noted. [Edwin MEESE denies exercises were challenge to Libya.] "Newsweek" magazine's article prior to incident recalled, shown; Larry Speakes' account of President's reaction to learning of incident reported Delay in informing Reagan described. [National security council spokesperson Richard ALLEN, MEESE - defense delaying information to President] Reagan's response to attack mentioned.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Studio) Secretary of State Alexander Haig said indicating that Libyan action was not unexpected.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Los Angeles, California) [HAIG - discusses administration's expectations regarding Libya's response to challenges; notes foreign policy message inherent in maneuvers.] Haig's assessment of incident outlined.
REPORTER: Richard Roth

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Diplomatic response of both United States and Libya to incident examined; US message quoted on screen. Notification of USSR and administration's reminder to American ntls. in Libya of its recommendation in May that they leave discussed. [Libyan representative to United Nations Salim QUATIM - condemns United States aggression.] Question of future US-Libyan relations considered.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) [Henry KISSINGER - discusses Kadhafi's possible reaction and USSR response.] Upcoming item announced.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

McManus, Jim;
Pierpoint, Robert;
Rather, Dan;
Roth, Richard;
Stahl, Lesley

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