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Zaire / Angola Forces / United States Aid #47681

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 15, 1977
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(Studio) Carter administration has decided to send Zaire government of Mobutu Sese Seko mil. aid in repelling invasion of troops from Angola.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Types of supplies and cost cited; departure point is Dover AFB, DE, but supplies go aboard Seaboard Airways, not United States military transport. Invasion force believed to be made up of Angola mercenaries formerly from Zaire, then Belgian Congo, province of Katanga, which made unsuccessful bid for independence.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Anchor asks if United States involvement could become major.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Says at this point risks small as aid is to friend and part of ongoing military assistance relations But if it's seen as direct challenge to Carter and he feels it necessary to do more, risks could be greater.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Anchor asks with regard to backers of present invaders.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Says it's not clear; Zaire news agency says backers are "from across Atlantic." State Department won't say they are Cuban; that there's no solid confirmed evidence of it. Events might indicate a Cuban factor.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Anchor asks with regard to USSR backing.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Says if that confirmed, complexion of whole incident would be changed.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara

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