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Lebanon / United States Policy #295740

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 08, 1984
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(Studio) USS New Jersey reported shelling Druse positions near Beirut, Lebanon, as US dependents continue evacuation.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Beirut, Lebanon) United States naval barrages to protect Christian fighters examined; films shown. [MARINES - are pleased with redeployment.] [Brigadier General James JOY - hasn't given up hope.] British withdrawal reported; Italian and French decisions regarding remaining here mentioned. Incr. strength of Moslem militias noted illustrated by continued desertions to their sides among Lebanese army troops.
REPORTER: Larry Pintak

(Beirut, Lebanon) Contd. evacuations of United States dependents here examined; films shown. Druse-Marine joint operations at checkpoints described, shown.
REPORTER: Allen Pizzey

(Studio) Israeli government said claiming its role in south Lebanon will not be affected by Marine pullout; details given. Prime Min Yitzhak Shamir reported discussing situation with cabinet today; his earlier meeting with United States ambassador Sam. Lewis mentioned. Shamir government said allegedly denying President Amin Gemayel's request for help.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Implications of escalated United States role in fighting examined. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - believes offshore position is more effective.] [Representative Thomas O'NEILL - fears new policy.] [Admiral James D. WATKINS - acknowledges risks involved.] Evacuation plan outlined on screen, discussed; Pentagon mentioned releasing report today regarding improved security for Marines since October bombing. Pentagon decision to reprimand but not punish Marine cmdrs. in Beirut at time of bombing noted; career implications for Colonel Timothy Geraghty and injuries sustained by Lieutenant Colonel Howard Gurlock noted.
REPORTER: David Martin

(Studio) USSR move to consolidate Syrian-Soviet policy discussed.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Martin, David;
Pintak, Larry;
Pizzey, Allen;
Rather, Dan

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