CBS Evening News for Friday, May 20, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Beirut street fighting reported continuing; death toll given, scenes shown. Syria noted surrounding area with troops but not using them to aid pro-Syrian Amal militia. Pro-Iranian Hizballah reported threatening to kill American hostages if rescue attempt made. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - comments on nature of ambassador Vernon Walters' visit to Syria.] [WALTERS - comments on scope of visit.] Report introduced.
(Paris, France: Doug Tunnell) Syrian intelligence reported gathering much information on Imad Mughniya, man responsible for master-minding hostage kidnappings. [Ex-hostage David JACOBSEN - says Mughniya is responsible for Islamic Jihad and says once saw his face.] Mughniya described; photos shown. Mughniya noted behind Kuwait airlines hijacking. [Terrorism expert Ken. TIMMERMANN - comments on Mughniya.] [JACOBSEN - comments on leader] Mughniya reported holding American hostages in secret prisons throughout Beirut. [TIMMERMANN - says Syria knows where hostages are.] Mughniya's fingerprints reported found on board hijacked Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) plane in 1985. [JACOBSEN - comments on Mughniya.] Mughniya reported fighting for control of Beirut.