CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 30, 1983
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REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Beirut, Lebanon) Islamic Jihad organization, thought responsible for October terrorist bombing of United States Marine compound here, recalled setting this wkend. as deadline for withdrawal of United States and French forces. [Major Dennis BROOKS - hopes for calm.] Intensified security for Marines described, shown; issue of terrorist threats against American troops discussed. Recommendations of Long commission, investigating United States military vulnerability, recalled, outlined. [BROOKS - explains United States position in Lebanon's factional fighting and terrorism in general]
REPORTER: Sandy Gilmour
(DC) Concern over anticipated increase in terrorism among radical Arabs discussed; basis for such concern noted include belief that collapse of Amin Gemayel's government will force United States out of Lebanon. Representative Thomas O'Neill reported meeting next week with special Lebanon study group, possibly to withdraw support for President Reagan's Lebanon policy. [O'NEILL - doesn't feel administration's initial plan for region is viable.] Implications for multintl. peacekeeping force of Italy's decision to withdraw troops from Lebanon considered; assassination of Jordanian diplomat in Madrid yesterday noted interpreted as Syrian warning to Jordan's King Hussein not to deal with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat, which could lead to talks with Israel. Details given.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin