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Lebanon / Higgins Kidnapping #319842

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 17, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins reported kidnapped by gunmen in Lebanon. Reports introd.

(DC: David Martin) Higgins reported assigned to United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon; details given of kidnapping, scenes shown. [UN official Marrack GOULDING - discusses kidnapping.] No group noted claiming responsibility. [President REAGAN - says investigating situation.] Norwegian and Swedish soldiers noted kidnapped earlier this month State Department mentioned issuing ban on Americans traveling in Lebanon. No. given of remaining United States soldiers serving on United Nations force in Lebanon. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - discusses UN force.] [Senator Malcolm WALLOP - describes situation.] United Nations force's purpose outlined. [Ex-UN undersecretary General Brian URQUHART - comments on difficulty of United Nations force's task.] Background information on Higgins given. Wife Robin Higgins mentioned. [US Navy spokesperson Commander Robert PRUCHA - comments on situation.] White House officials quoted.

(London, England: Tom Fenton) Higgins reported being only American authorized to travel freely in southern Lebanon; details given of Higgins' duties, scenes shown. [On February 5, 1988, HIGGINS - gives orders to men.] [Norwegian television reporter Karsten TVEIT - comments on Higgins.] Higgins noted frequently driving alone and unarmed. [TVEIT - says Higgins was aware of pro- Iranian Hizballah.] Higgins' theories on Hizballah outlined.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Other American hostages remaining in Lebanon listed; photos shown.

Fenton, Tom;
Martin, David;
Rather, Dan

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