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Zaire Conflict #498851

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 18, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. fighting between rebels and government forces in Shaba prov. of Zaire noted. President Mobutu Sese Seko's trip from Kinshasa to Kolwezi airport with newsmen, to show government has recaptured airport, and shooting that broke out while Mobutu was there reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Kolwezi Airport, Zaire) (Audio report) Description of battle situation and Kolwezi airport given.
REPORTER: Martin Fletcher

(Studio) Mobutu's return to Kinshasa with reporters accompanying him noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Kinshasa, Zaire) Photo of reporter shown. Details given concerning situation in Kolwezi, particularly uncertainty about foreign ntls. in area.
REPORTER: Martin Fletcher

(Studio) Departure of troops from Belgium to rescue Europeans in Zaire and French For. Legion troops from Corsica, as well as aid from other ntns. to Zaire, detailed. Film shown. President Carter's authorization of credit for Zaire to purchase supplies and to help train troops reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Details given about State Department report of United States aid to France and Belgium in form of fuel for planes involved in rescue efforts in Shaba prov. Requests for United States aid from France and Belgium, after given approval for rescues by President Mobutu, noted.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) Earlier invasion of Shaba prov. by former tribesmen there recalled. Mobutu's attempts to see that present invasion doesn't pick up support in north by having rally in Kinshasa reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Kinshasa, Zaire) Details given about Kinshasa rally on Wednesday Fighting in Kolwezi area described. Zaire's economy problems outlined, especially effect of war on mining industry in Shaba prov.
REPORTER: Martin Fletcher

(Studio) Recap of Zaire conflict dvts. to date.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Fletcher, Martin;
Valeriani, Richard

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