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Beirut / United States Embassy Bombing #289774

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 18, 1983
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(Studio) Terrorist bombing of United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, discussed; films shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Beirut, Lebanon) Details of bombing examined; films shown. Islamic Jihad or Holy War organization said claiming responsibility. [Lieutenant Laurence LANDON - describes scene.] Ambassador Robert Dillon said unhurt; envoys Philip Habib and Morris Draper noted not on the scene. Cnsl. John Reid's efforts to calm survivors mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Sherman

(DC) President Amin Gemayel's call of condolences to President Reagan noted. [REAGAN - won't be deterred with peace process by attack.] [Lebanese ambassador Khalil ITANI - condemns bombing.] State Department official said admitting lax security at embassy despite other terrorists attacks on embassies in region; Islamic Jihad, or Holy War organization, noted claiming responsibility for today's bombing as well as past attacks; details given. Org. noted claiming responsibility for the 1981 murder of French ambassador Louis Delamare. Group thought linked to radical Shi'ite Moslem militia from Iran. Possible political motive of today's attack considered. [Senator Barry GOLDWATER - wants Marines brought home.] [Senator John TOWER - disagrees.] Israel said helping in investigation of today's bombing. [Israeli ambassador Benjamin NETANYAHU - considers psychological blow of attack.]
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

(Studio) State Department's claim that security at Beirut embassy had been tightened following 1979 embassy takeover in Iran recalled; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

McLaughlin, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Sherman, Peter

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