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Zaire Invasion By Rebels #53840

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 15, 1978
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(Studio) Report on 2nd invasion of rebel forces from Angola into Zaire in 14 mos. President Mobutu's (Sese Seko) request for aid from US, France, Belgium and Morocco to put down invasion into copper-rich Shaba prov. noted. Films from last invasion shown. Reports of rebel activity around Kolwezi, Zaire, described. Mobutu's chgs. that Cubans lead rebel forces mentioned. Rebels' attempts to liberate home prov. in last invasion and Belgian sources' reports that this invasion has goal of overthrowing Mobutu regime outlined. United States position on Zaire, Mobutu's pro-western attitude and US concerns about USSR influence across Africa from Angola on Atlantic to Mozambique on Indian Ocean noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter

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