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Mideast / Lebanon Crisis / Rumsfeld's Iraq Visit #288040

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 19, 1983
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(Studio) Conclusions reached by House Armed Services subcommittee with regard to truck bombing at Marine headquarters in Beirut reported to include comments with regard to security from Marines themselves. Report's remarks with regard to Colonel Timothy Geraghty and Captain Rick France noted. Upcoming, separate Pentagon report on incident mentioned. Departure from Cyprus Greek ships, escorted by warships flying French flags, for Tripoli, Lebanon, to evacuate PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) troops of Yasir Arafat reported Problems for evacuation plan noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Tripoli, Lebanon) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) troops' planned departure for Tunisia and North Yemen said temporarily halted by Israeli shelling of port. Arafat's remarks with regard to shelling quoted. Possibility of Arafat's going to either Tunis or North Yemen outlined.
REPORTER: Larry Pintak

(Studio) Statement of reaction from United States administration, via spokesperson Larry Speakes, quoted with regard to Israeli shelling of Tripoli port. Israel's alleged reaction to delay of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) evacuation stated. Mideast envoy Don. Rumsfeld's surprise visit to Baghdad, Iraq, noted to be one by highest ranking United States official since breakup of relations in 1967 Mideast war. Continue war between Iraq and Iran mentioned.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) File tape of war shown. United States noted to be officially neutral in Iraq-Iran war. State Department denial of change in policy with Rumsfeld's visit stated. [State Department spokesperson John HUGHES - comments.] Informed sources' information to CBS News given with regard to intelligence sharing by United States and Iraq. USSR involvement in Iraq-Iran war, on Iran's side, reported; file tape shown. USSR 's earlier alliance with Iraq noted. Speculation cited that USSR is buying security against terrorist attacks similar to those Iran made against United States and France. Films from Beirut and Iran shown. Other speculation that Russians are attempting to patch relations with Iran in anticipation of power struggle on death of Ayatollah Khomeini cited.
REPORTER: David Martin

Martin, David;
Pintak, Larry;
Rather, Dan

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