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Reagan / US-Libya Incident #518630

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 20, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(USS Constellation) President Reagan's defense of United States response to Libyan offensive over Mediterranean reported coming as he toured USS Constellation; details given. [REAGAN - claims United States didn't challenge Libyans; denies overt provocation; comments on recing. word of incident.] Activities viewed by President outlined.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) Libya's continuationprotest that United States response was act of terrorism, officially filed through Belgium, noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Tripoli, Libya) Atmosphere here in response to incident described; films shown. Libyan television interview of pilots allegedly involved in skirmish discussed; Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi mentioned.
REPORTER: Martin Fletcher

(DC) United States interpretation of Libyan attack on United States planes outlined; prior Libyan forays recalled. Films, photos shown. Commander Henry Kleeman, Lieutenant David Venlet, Lieutenant Lawrence Muczynski, Lieutenant James Anderson said United States crews, assigned to USS Nimitz, involved in dogfight; details given, photos shown.

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Background to Reagan-Kadhafi relationship examined; details outlined on screen, discussed. [Assistant secretary state for African affairs, Chester CROCKER - notes Kadhafi's general pattern of behavior.] Burning of US embassy in Tripoli in 1979 recalled. [1st press conf., Secretary, State Alexander HAIG - says concern over international terrorism replaces emphasis on human rights.] Following Reagan's election, administration reported seeking incrd. aid for those ntns. considered subjected to Libyan subversion; ntns. involved listed. Expulsion of Libyan diplomats and Reagan's coordination of anti-Libyan program, during mtgs. with President Anwar Sadat, recalled. Films shown.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Fletcher, Martin;
Kalb, Marvin;
Mudd, Roger;
Pell, Gene;
Woodruff, Judy

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