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Lebanon / Bombing #527073

NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 24, 1983
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(Studio) Latest death toll from yesterday's bombing of Marine headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, reported; President Reagan's continued defense of Marine presence there noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Beirut, Lebanon) Details of bombing examined; films shown. [sergeant Robert CALHOUN - describes driver of bomb-laden truck.] Lack of security surrounding Marine compound yesterday mentioned; today's added precautions described, shown. Similar precautions said taken by French, also target of separate terrorist bombing; President Francois Mitterrand mentioned visiting troops today. Both Mitterrand and Reagan noted confirming their commitment to Lebanon.
REPORTER: Vic Aicken

(Studio) Pol. and foreign policy implications of bombing for Reagan administration outlined.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) President's defense of Marine presence in Lebanon examined. [REAGAN - claims unnamed forced is preparing to take over Mideast; mentions Yemen, Ethiopia, Syria.] Shift in United States role in Beirut apparent in President's statement outlined on screen, discussed; Reagan noted claiming Marines are blocking USSR domino theory in Mideast. [REAGAN - denies escalating Marines' role in Lebanon.] Possible changes in Marine status in Beirut mentioned; belief here that pro-Iranian Moslems were responsible for bombing cited. Unidentified source's insinuation that United States retaliation will take form of covert action quoted on screen. Admin. `s concern over increasing public misgivings about Marine presence in Lebanon considered.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(Studio) Syrian and Iranian govts. reported denying any responsibility for bombings. Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Aicken, Vic;
Brokaw, Tom;
Wallace, Chris

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