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Lebanon / Terrorism, US-Syria Conflict #528342

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 05, 1983
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(Studio) Death and injury toll in Beirut, Lebanon, from weekend car bombing, Syria's downing of United States Navy planes and artillery attack on Marine post reported.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Beirut, Lebanon) Details of car bombing in Moslem neighborhood examined; films shown. Obscure group claiming responsibility noted implying bombing is warning to those calling for Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon; reaction to incident of French trooper quoted.
REPORTER: Ike Seamans

(Studio) Marine casualties from mortar shelling of post in Beirut and Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's remarks reported.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Beirut, Lebanon) Vulnerability of Marines at Beirut airport examined; films shown. [L.Corporal John HILL - describes last night's shelling.] Questions raised by incident outlined, discussed. [Lieutenant Colonel Ray SMITH - explains presence of so many Marines in one spot.] Concern over increased cycle of attack-retaliation between United States and Syrian forces considered.
REPORTER: Jim Bittermann

(Studio) Syria reported claiming captured Navy pilot Lieutenant Robert Goodman would remain prisoner until all United States troops withdraw from Lebanon; response of Secretary of State George Shultz and Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Admin.'s praise of yesterday's air strikes on Syrian sites examined; details illustrated on map. [SHULTZ - notes United States will defense itself; urges USSR to pressure Syria to alter its approach to Lebanon.] President Reagan's effort to avoid aura of crisis at White House described; deputy press secretary Larry Speakes' statement outlined on screen regarding Marines' future in Lebanon and issue of War Powers Act. Major change in US policy discussed.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(DC) Questions about military strategy raised in yesterday's air raids examined; issue of decision not to employ USS New Jersey cited as example Planes used, and downed, noted dated in comparison to Syrian missiles used against them; Israeli success in region considered. Joint Chiefs said allegedly overruled by White House, which perceived symbolic value in air attack; details given.
REPORTER: Jack Reynolds

(Studio) USSR condemnation of United States air attacks and offer of additional aid to Arab states fighting United States and Israeli forces reported Walter Mondale, John Glenn, Gary Hart, George McGovern, Ernest Hollings, Alan Cranston, Reubin Askew noted all criticizing Reagan policy in Lebanon.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Bittermann, Jim;
Brokaw, Tom;
Reynolds, Jack;
Seamans, Ike;
Wallace, Chris

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