CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 24, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(London, England: Bill Redeker) Great Britain reported severing relations with Syria following trial of terrorist Nezar Hindawi who confessed to be under direction of Syrian government officials; details given, scenes shown. [Syrian ambassador Dr. Loutof al-HAYDAR - considers chgs. nonsense.] [In Parliament, voice of foreign secretary Sir Geoffrey HOWE - is outraged.] Background to Hindawi's effort to bomb El Al plane here reviewed. [HOWE - cites Syrian ambassador's role in Hindawi's plan.] [British ambassador Roger TOMKYS - cites his preparation for leaving.] Syria mentioned cancelling British Airways' landing rights. [Terrorism expert Paul WILKINSON - expects reprisals.] (Artist: Richard Cole)
(DC: David Martin) President Reagan reported withdrawing United States ambassador from Damascus in support of Great Britain; details given, scenes shown. [Former ntl. security council staff Geoffrey KEMP - notes Syria's prior caution in conducting terrorism.] [Syrian charge d'affaires Bushra KANAFANI - responds.] Terrorist attacks in which Syria is believed to have been involved recalled. [Former Pentagon spokesperson Noel KOCH - claims Syria was behind bombing of United States embassy in Beirut.] Syria's support of terrorists such as Abu Nidal noted. [KOCH - comments.] Beirut hostages David Dodge and Father Lawrence Jenco recalled attributing their releases to Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. [KEMP - explains United States reluctance to crack down on Assad as they have on Libya's Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi.]
(Studio: Dan Rather, David Martin) Syria's role in United States hostage situation in Lebanon considered.