CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 30, 1985
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(Studio) White House's about-face on recent terrorist attacks in Vienna and Rome noted.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt
(DC) Press spokesperson Larry Speakes quoted on screen; options under consideration by administration, involving possible joint United States-Israeli retaliatory attacks against Libya, outlined, discussed. President Reagan, vacationing at estate of Walter Annenberg, said examining options. Attacks thought work of Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, currently living in Libya; photos shown. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - claims Libyan leader Muammar el-Kadhafi has financed Nidal.] United States said believing Nidal was responsible as well for hijacking of plane to Malta. [REDMAN - holds Libya responsible.]
REPORTER: David Martin
(Studio) Evidence further indicating Libya's involvement in Rome and Vienna attacks explained. Warning to Americans traveling abroad by FBI director William Webster due to terrorism outlined.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt
(Rome, Italy) Funeral for terrorist victim Natasha Simpson here and terrorists' effort to target such children in Vienna and Rome attacks discussed; photos, scenes shown. Captured terrorist Mohammed Sharam noted claiming airport attacks were conceived in Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut under direction of Abu Musa with economy support of Kadhafi; details given.
REPORTER: Bert Quint
(London, England) Possibility Palestinian splinter group al-Fatah Revolutionary Council was behind attacks in Rome and Vienna examined. [Surviving TERRORIST - claims he's member of "Fatah"; remarks transcribed on screen.] Schism in PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) since Yasir Arafat took over in 1969 outlined on screen, discussed. Austrian interior minister said believing Nidal's group executed attacks; Nidal's other terrorist activities reviewed. [Arafat biographer Alan HART - notes political impact on Arafat's efforts to reach compromise with Israel.] King Hussein noted meeting today with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, the latter a supporter of Nidal; scenes shown.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker
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