CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 27, 1983
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(Studio) Current death toll from bombing of Marine compound in Beirut, Lebanon, reported; Marine officials' continuing defense of security measures for Marines at time of bombing outlined. Key Marine sentry noted carrying unloaded rifle when bomb-ladened truck broke through.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Beirut, Lebanon) Pro-US demonstration here, orchestrated by minority faction supporting President Amin Gemayel, reported, shown. Continue sniper attacks on Marines today, possible by Shiite Moslems, noted. [MARINE - describes attack.] Colonel Tim. Geraghty, denying need to increase size of US contingent, said strengthening his defenses; continuing effort to recover Marine bodies noted. Efforts of surviving Marines to notify families of their well-being cited; 1 Marine said mistakenly identified as dead. [MARINE - was pleased with talking to family.] [MARINE - comments on receiving letter of support from unknown American]
REPORTER: Tom Fenton
(Studio) Secretary of State George Shultz reported meeting with foreign mins. of France, Britain and Italy in Paris to recommit international peacekeeping force in Beirut; details given, films shown. President Reagan's pledge to retaliate against those responsible for Sunday's bombing recalled; Israeli intelligence said confirming earlier claims that splinter Shiite group, Amal, was responsible, with bombing planned by Syria. Amal noted centered in Baalbek, Lebanon.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Baalbek, Lebanon) Town noted base for Iranian and Pro-Iranian forces; increased security by Syrian troops here due to threat of United States retaliation cited. Films shown. Leader Hussein Mussawi, named by United States officials as bombing's organizer, said denying involvement in attacks while declaring such incidents are natural consequences for foreign troops; details given. Musawi's radical Party of God noted splitting from Amal; Amal leaders mentioned denying any responsibility for Sunday bombing. Implications of Syrian control here for their role in bombing and probability of US retaliation resulting in direct confrontation with Syria considered.
REPORTER: Allen Pizzey
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