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Middle E. War / United States Policy #467225

NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 15, 1973
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(Studio) War in Middle E. involves US. United States begins airlifts to Israel to counteract USSR airlifts to Arab cntrys. USSR dedicates any needed assistance to Arab cntrys. to drive Israel from Israeli-occupied lands. Pentagon sources say United States pilots fly planes directly to Israel.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) United States pilots not believed in jeopardy. 6th fleet prepared for rescue if pilot downed over sea. In Norfolk, Virginia, Israeli ship loads United States jets for war.
REPORTER: John Cochran

(DC) State Department spokesperson Robert McCloskey refuses to criticize USSR for airlifts, but Nixon administration obviously upset over Soviet action. State Department reports United States airlifts to keep military balance in Mid E. stable. Arab states may threaten to cut oil deliveries to US. President reaffirms allegiance to Israel during speech to Vietnam Medal of Honor winners. [NIXON - explains US policy in Mid E. United States to act as peacemaker.]
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) Reasons for military help from United States and USSR incls. Mideast war losses. Loss estimates for Israel, Egypt, Syria outlined.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Cochran, John;
Valeriani, Richard

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