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US-Libya Conflict / Aftermath #309229

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 17, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(London, England: Tom Fenton) Terrorist rocket attack on British amb.'s residence in Beirut, Lebanon, and murder of British hostages Leigh Douglas, Philip Padfield and Alec Collett [Edward: later correctly identified as Peter Kilburn, not Collett.] in retaliation for England's role in United States attack on Libya reported; scenes shown. Abduction of British journalist John McCarthy as well in Beirut noted. [David COLLETT - blames President Reagan and Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher for father's death.] Discovery of bomb at airport here in luggage of El Al passenger reported; details given. [PASSENGERS - criticize British security's failure to detect bomb.] El Al security personnel said finding explosives. [Explosives expert Sidney ALFORD - explains potential disaster had bomb gone off.] [MAN - questions why Britain's in middle of crisis.] This week noted anniversary of murder of police ofr. Yvonne Fletcher by Libyan embassy staff.

(Studio: Dan Rather) No. Americans still missing in Lebanon and alleged murder of one, William Buckley, recalled. [REAGAN - condemns murder of British captives; cites need for united assault on terrorism.] Evacuation of Americans from Sudan due to continued anti-US demonstrations there and recent shooting of embassy employee discussed; Sudan mentioned recalling its ambassador to US. Details given, scenes shown. Defense Department's praise of recent bombing run on Libya quoted.

(DC: David Martin) Infrared footage of United States attack on Libya shown, discussed; Muammar el-Kadhafi's tent said not target. [Pentagon spokesperson Robert SIMS - claims pilots hit only what they aimed for.] Pentagon's public and private assessment of raid's outcome explained.

(Tripoli, Libya: Allen Pizzey) Libyan version of raid examined; scenes shown. Indications of possible unrest within Kadhafi's government and implications for his control considered.

(Studio: Dan Rather) United States intelligence's analysis of Kadhafi's possible whereabouts and of alleged military rebellion against him following United States attack outlined; Secretary of State George Shultz reported hoping attack leads to Kadhafi's overthrow. Defense Sec. Caspar Weinberger said denying United States bombing was designed to destabilize Libyan leader

Fenton, Tom;
Martin, David;
Pizzey, Allen;
Rather, Dan

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