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US-Libya Relations / Plane Confrontation #518596

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 19, 1981
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(Studio) United States Navy jets reported shooting down Libyan fighters.: each nation's version of event outlined.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Apparent circumstances surrounding clash involving planes from USS Nimitz examined; films, maps shown. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - claims American pilots were justified.] Past Libyan harassment of United States fleet noted.
REPORTER: George Lewis, Artist: Betty Wells

(Studio) previous United States administration's response to Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi recalled; Reagan administration said regarding Libyan dictator in same light as Fidel Castro. Recent "Newsweek" magazine article claiming that President Reagan ordered naval maneuvers to test Kadhafi noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Admin. said denying allegations that United States challenged Libya; details given. [State Department spokesperson Alan ROMBERG - doesn't consider event a challenge to Libya.] Warnings to Americans in Libya mentioned.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Pol. boost to Reagan by incident noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Los Angeles, California) Sequence of events leading to aides' final disclosure of incident to President examined; Michael Reagan mentioned. Roles of Edwin Meese and Richard Allen noted; Larry Speakes quoted on screen. Decisions involved in affair outlined on screen, discussed. [MEESE - defs. his decision with regard to informing President]
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(London, England) Libya's response to incident examined. [Dr. Omar SADANI - condemns attack by US.] Threat to United States from Libya with regard to future alliances with anti-US ntns. considered.
REPORTER: John Cochran

(No location given) Kadhafi's rise to power over King Idris I recalled; films shown. His position on various political issues discussed.
REPORTER: James Compton

(Studio) Breakoff of US-Libyan diplomatic relations recalled; United States reported delivering formal protest to Libya's United Nations representative today.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Cochran, John;
Compton, James;
Kalb, Marvin;
Lewis,, George;
Mudd, Roger;
Woodruff, Judy

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