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US-Libyan Confrontation #308907

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 25, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: David Martin) Status of continued US-Libyan conflict begun when US Sixth Fleet entered Gulf of Sidra, claimed as Libyan territory by Muammar el-Kadhafi, examined; scenes shown. [Pentagon spokesperson Robert SIMS - describes destruction of Libyan patrol boat.] [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - notes US destruction of radar installation.] Concern over Kadhafi's threat to retaliate with terrorist attacks against Americans noted. [In Turkey, Secretary State George SHULTZ - claims United States is preparing to respond to Kadhafi's threats.] Sec. precautions for United States officials described.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Tripoli, Libya: Doug Tunnell) Libya's call for assassination of Americans in Arab ntns. examined; scenes shown. [KADHAFI - claims readiness to meet US escalation of war; remarks transcribed on screen.] Anti-US demonstration at Belgium embassy here and Libyan government's version of conflict discussed; Belgium mentioned representative remaining Americans here. [DEMONSTRATORS - expect war; are prepared.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Bill Plante) Reagan administration's private goal for current conflict said retaliation against Kadhafi for his perceived role in last year's terrorist attacks on Rome and Vienna airports; government's public denial of intentional provocation noted. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - claims yesterday's attack on Libya was in response to its hostility against United States forces in region.] [Mideast expert Fouad AJAMI - disputes credibility of that claim; explains.] [Senator Robert DOLE - supports attack.] [Representative Dante FASCELL - believes War Powers Act was ignored.] [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - responds.] Admin.'s interpretation of War Powers Act mentioned.

(Studio: Dan Rather) [WEINBERGER - defs. United States action in Gulf of Sidra; elaborates; describes yesterday's fighting; denies Sovs. have been involved.] Upcoming item announced.

Martin, David;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Tunnell, Doug

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