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Achille Lauro Hijacking Aftermath #300339

CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 11, 1985
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(Studio) United States fighter planes reported abducting hijackers of Achille Lauro cruise ship as they fled Egypt under that government's protection; details given. President Reagan's second skin cancer surgery mentioned.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) President's handling of affair examined, [REAGAN - praises United States pilots who captured hijackers.] United States said seeking detention and extradition of Mohammed Abbas, Palestinian escort of terrorists on Egyptian plane; Abbas said believed terrorist leader and close aide to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat. Chronology of Reagan's decision to abduct hijackers outlined on screen. [National security adviser Robert McFARLANE - describes President's response to interception plan.] [REAGAN - explains not allowing disagreement with President Hosni Mubarak to interfere with Mideast peace process.] [Representative David DREIER - praises United States action.] Concern over possibility of retaliation against Americans mentioned.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Rome, Italy) Italy's handling once hijackers were delivered to them examined. [US SOLDIER - explains closing of military base where terrorists were brought.] Prime Min. Bettino Craxi said promising to try hijackers. [International legal expert Riccardo DELLA VERDOVA - notes, technically, hijackers were brought to Italy illegally.] Italian legal barrier to extraditing terrorists explained.
REPORTER: Richard Roth

(Studio) Egyptian airline involved mentioned flown from Sicily to Rome airport tonight; details given, scenes shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Events leading to United States fighter plane's interception of Egyptian airliner and roles of President Reagan, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, USS Saratoga explained. [Admiral James WATKINS - explains Navy's competence in such maneuvers.] [WEINBERGER - hopes incident will deter future terrorism.]
REPORTER: David Martin

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(NYC) Reaction in United States to incident examined; scenes shown. [PEOPLE - praise President's handling of affair.] [Former Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hostages Peter HILL, Jimmy Dell PALMER - agree.] [PEOPLE - continue praise.] [Friend of Leon KLINGHOFFER - supports government's action.]

Martin, David;
Rather, Dan;
Roth, Richard;
Simon, Bob;
Stahl, Lesley

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