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Zaire #53895

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 18, 1978
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(Studio) Report of Belgium and French paratroopers' rescue efforts of fors. in Zaire's Shaba prov. fighting. 14 Americans said among those trapped.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(London, England) Kolwezi fighting said reported Belgian and French efforts apparently in expectation of rescue effort described. Several thousand fors. said trapped. Fors. as violence victims reported Whites said by Belgian P. Min. chief targets. Film of military mvts. shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Kolwezi, Zaire) Report from Kolwezi area. Map shown. Damage from fighting described. Capture of airport said surprise. Katanganese forces reported led by Cubans, Angola trained, and armed with USSR weapons. Zaire efforts thought weak; foreign military assistance thought necessary.
REPORTER: Howard Tuckner

(DC) United States military personnel thought maybe headed for Zaire in week, but not for combat. White House announcement of $30 million credits for Zaire reported Med. supplies and non lethal equipment said ready for Zaire. Use of US aircraft for evacuation of fors. noted. Actions of Congress with regard to Angola fighting 4 years ago noted; identification as Clark and Hughes-Ryan amendments, re: covert CIA activities. Carter administration said nervous with regard to USSR and Cuban advances. CIA said now thought possibly useful tool between diplomacy and actual fighting.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
Koppel, Ted;
Reasoner, Harry;
Tuckner, Howard
Duration:
00:03:30

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