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Lebanon / Bombing #287109

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Oct 23, 1983
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(Studio) Questions of Marine security arising from today's terrorist bombing of US compound in Beirut, Lebanon, outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Known extent of deaths and injuries among Marines cited. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - doesn't believe increasing size of United States contingent will deter future such attacks.] Options under consideration by administration outlined on screen, discussed; anticipated offshore build-up of US forces noted. [WEINBERGER - claims circumstantial evidence implicates Iran in bombing.] Similarity between today's incident and last April's suicide bombing of United States embassy in Beirut, believed carried out by Syrian-backed Iranians, noted. Factors supporting belief that Iran was involved explained.
REPORTER: David Martin

(Studio) Congress recalled approving compromise to War Powers Act earlier in month, extending Marine stay in Lebanon.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Capitol Hill reaction to Beirut bombing examined; President Reagan's difficulty in getting War Powers Act compromise approved recalled. [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO, Senator Dan QUAYLE - call for withdrawal of Marines, multi-national force.] [Senator Charles MATHIAS - cautions against pullout.] [Senator Sam NUNN - feels open-ended commitment in Lebanon cannot continue.] [John GLENN, Ernest HOLLINGS - criticize administration's policy in region.] [Walter MONDALE - calls for national day of mourning.] Pol. implications of situation considered.
REPORTER: Phil Jones Artist: Don Juhlin

(Studio) Upcoming item announced.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Jones, Phil;
Martin, David;
Rather, Dan

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