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Africa Fighting / Zaire / Rhodesia / Ethiopia-Eritrea #498820

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 16, 1978
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(Studio) Fighting in Africa noted. United States military alert of 82nd Airborne Div., in event of need to evacuate Americans and other foreign ntls. from Zaire's Shaba prov., formerly called Katanga and which has been invaded, reported Also detailed is report from Rhodesia concerning large civilian death count in wake of fighting between government troops and black guerrillas. Beginning of major offensive against Eritrean rebels by Ethiopian forces, using USSR weapons and Cuban military advisers, stated. Concern about these developments in DC noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Unknown reaction of Cuban people to having relatives sent off to fight in Africa mentioned. No. of Cuban troops being sent to numerous places noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Report is on Carter administration estimates of number of Cubans now in Angola, Ethiopia, South Yemen and other African and Arab ntns. Castro's entrance into African affairs with Angola civil war and his aid to Ethiopia during conflict with Somalis and now with Eritreans detailed. National security adviser Brzezinski's statements about number of Cubans in Africa given. Cuba's active support for guerrilla mvts. against South Africa, Rhodesia and Zaire mentioned; Zaire's present claims, and lack of supporting evidence, that Cuban troops came from Angola through Zambia and are helping in invasion of Zaire reported Undecided status of United States response to African situation stated.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) President Carter's expressions of concern over Zaire situation to visiting Congmen. at White House and his request for changes in laws preventing him from sending military aid to cntrys. where he thinks it might be useful reported; general agreement of Congmen. noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Details given of Carter's talk with congress leaders about Africa situation. [House Republican leader John RHODES - says Zaire invasion is example of Communist infiltration into pro-W. country States that laws tying administration hands in such cases should be changed.] Dispute with regard to how much those laws really hinder administration action outlined. [Secretary of State VANCE - says some laws do restrict possible action; thinks President feels that existing laws should be reviewed.] Admin. consideration last year of sending supplies to Zaire without consulting Congress and resultant trouble noted.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) Alert ordered for 82nd Airborne Div. on eastern coast in event of need to evacuate Americans and others from Zaire noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Pentagon officials' statements about 82nd's alert status in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and about present situation in Zaire detailed.
REPORTER: Ford Rowan

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Pettit, Tom;
Rowan, Ford;
Woodruff, Judy

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