CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 07, 1983
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(Studio) Artillery attack on French and United States peacekeeping forces in Beirut, Lebanon, reported; aerial display of force by French and Marines noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Beirut, Lebanon) Naval show of force by French, Italian and United States forces here and accompanying aerial displays noted; films shown. Most attacks on multi-national peacekeeping force said coming from Syrian-controlled territory; car bombing here today mentioned. Marines' reaction to artillery attacks discussed. [Captain Chris COWDREY - notes training excludes not responding to attacks.] Restrictions placed on Marines' response to battle here outlined. [MARINES - note delay in permission to defense selves; feel like sitting ducks.]
REPORTER: Bob Simon
(DC) President's congress supporters thought introducing legislature next week calling for Marines' continuing presence in Lebanon; possible political confrontation between Capitol Hill and White House over War Powers Act discussed. United States envoy Robert McFarlane reported meeting in Damascus with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad regarding Syrian role in perpetuating Lebanon conflict; details given. [Lebanese ambassador Abdullah BOUHABIB - acknowledges difficulty of situation for Marines in Lebanon.] No. French troops killed recently noted. French defense minister Charles Hernu said warning of pending French plane attack on artillery emplacements if shelling doesn't stop. Secretary of State George Shultz thought conferring in Madrid with representatives of peacekeeping force.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin