CBS Evening News for Sunday, Dec 04, 1983
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(Studio) Marine casualties in Beirut artillery attack reported; details of United States air attack on Syrian positions in Lebanon, include downing of 2, outlined, illustrated on map. Photos shown. President Reagan's rationale for air strikes mentioned.
REPORTER: Bill Kurtis
(Beirut, Lebanon) Downing of Navy Commander Edward Andrews and his safe return to USS Independence detailed; films, photos shown. [Major Dennis BROOKS - claims Syrians knew they fired on United States reconnaissance aircraft, prompting today's United States retaliatory raid.] Implications of raid's intensity and timing for United States, and possibly Israeli, approach to Syria considered; possible political benefits for Syria from today's action noted.
REPORTER: Martha Teichner
(Damascus, Syria) Syrian reaction to downing United States planes, include capture of 1 pilot, examined; films shown. For. minister Abdel Halim Khaddam's warning about United States escalation of Mideast situation and call for international Arab action against United States in region detailed. Syria's connection of United States air raid and recent American visit of Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir considered.
REPORTER: Allen Pizzey
(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Bill Kurtis
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