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Lebanon / Hostages #314567

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 03, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Damascus, Syria: Doug Tunnell) General strike in West Beirut noted called by Beirut Univ. students protesting kidnappings of American profs.; threat to kill hostage Alan Steen and others noted issued by abductors today. Photos shown. Indications of growing hostility between United States and factions in Lebanon explained. [Communist party spokesperson George HAWI - notes reaction to President Reagan's arms sales to Iran.] [January 19, Terry WAITE - believes Reagan's arms sales encourage hostage-taking.] Impact of United States policies toward both Iran and Iraq in their war against each other on Lebanon kidnappings noted. [Libyan leader Abdul Salam JALLOUD - (thru translator) believes recent United States stmts. on Iran resulted in latest abductions.] United States naval presence in region described. [Pentagon spokesperson Robert SIMS - denies Navy poses threat.]

Rather, Dan;
Tunnell, Doug

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