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Special Segment (Hizballah) #534015

NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 19, 1984
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(Studio) Reagan administration reported considering reducing United States embassy staff in Beirut.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Beirut, Lebanon) Pro-Iranian fundamentalists in eastern Lebanon, Hizballah, featured; films shown. Group's increase popularity among Beirut Shiites noted; terrorism by religious extremists against Moslems adopting West lifestyles noted. Shiite religious leaders mentioned blaming United States for rise of religious fundamentalism and attacks on United States ints.; details given. Recent United States veto of UN resolution criticizing Israeli occupation of south Lebanon cited as example Sheik Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Shiite leader, noted claiming veto prompted latest embassy bombing. [Amal Shiite organization spokesperson Akif HAIDAR - is ready to die in suicide bombing against US.] [Historian Dr. Kamal SABLIBI - believes such despair will grow if United States conts. supporting Israel in Lebanon.] [TERRORIST - (thru translator) explains his zeal.]
REPORTER: Bonnie Anderson

Anderson, Bonnie;
Brokaw, Tom

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