CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 14, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) USS New Jersey's shelling of Syrian sites near Beirut, Lebanon, examined; films shown. Shelling said in retaliation for attack on US reconnaissance planes over Syrian territory today; details given. [State Department spokesperson Alan ROMBERG - rejects claim today's shelling is escalation of conflict with Syria.] Pentagon's defense of United States action discussed.
REPORTER: David Martin
(DC) President Reagan said implying United States troops may be withdrawn from Lebanon prior to settlement of that nation's problems. [REAGAN - notes criteria for United States withdrawal; denies seeking conflict with Syria; will announce his reelec. decision January 29.] President mentioned claiming no new taxes scheduled for 1984. [REAGAN - defs. Edwin Meese's recent criticism of those recing. food in soup kitchens.] White House clarification later of Reagan's criteria for troop withdrawal from Lebanon outlined.
REPORTER: Bill Plante
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