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(Studio: Ed Bradley) Rebel troops reported closing in on Monrovia, Liberia, while President Samuel Doe tries to negotiate settlement. State Department statement regarding United States Navy task force off coast detailed. Report introduced.
(Pentagon: David Martin) Threat to Americans in Liberia examined; USSR request that Marines also evacuate Soviet diplomats noted; details given of civil war; scenes shown. [Pentagon spokesman Pete WILLIAMS - describes task force function.] [On radio show, DOE - claims rebels backed by Libyan leader Muammar el-Kadhafi.] US officials' confirmation of some Libyan support to rebels mentioned; State Department noted evacuating Americans on charter flights; White House response to Doe's request for help mentioned.
- Bradley, Ed;
- Martin, David
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