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Lebanon #295719

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 07, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan reported ordering phased withdrawal of United States Marines from Beirut, Lebanon; details given. Evacuation of several American dependents from city noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) President's redeployment of Marines to ships offshore and orders to Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger to develop withdrawal plan examined. USS Independence reported en route to Lebanon; other American naval engagements mentioned. [Pentagon spokesperson Michael BURCH - issues limited characterization of new plan; claims Syria is resupplying factions.] Admin. noted blaming Syrians for attempting to overthrow Amin Gemayel's government; possible Syrian targets considered by US cited. Vice President George Bush reported chairing meeting to consider crisis; belief at White House that Syrian President Hafez al-Assad will block any attempt to end fighting in Lebanon mentioned.
REPORTER: David Martin

(Studio) Moslem militia's takeover of most of Beirut described.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Beirut, Lebanon) status of fighting here examined; films shown. [Militia ofr. Kifa TAHA - notes government has lost west Beirut.] Sectarian division of city between Moslem and Christian armies illustrated on map; militia noted continue to demand Gemayel resign. [Lebanese SOLDIER - explains deserting.]
REPORTER: Allen Pizzey

(Studio) Possibility of other multintl peacekeeping forces withdrawing from Beirut considered.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Martin, David;
Pizzey, Allen;
Rather, Dan

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