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Bolivia / Operation Blast Furnace #547433

NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 17, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(La Paz, Bolivia: Dennis Murphy) Results of joint United States-Bolivian anti-drug campaign ending this week, Operation Blast Furnace, examined; details given, scenes shown. [American SOLDIER - expects drug trafficking to continue] Drug Enforcement Agency's claims of success outlined. [United States embassy spokesperson Jeffrey GIBBS - cites extent of cocaine lab shutdowns.] Problems facing Bolivian authorities in their post-operation efforts said illustrated by villagers' success in turning United States and Bolivian troops back during attempted raid. [Peasant coca growers association spokesperson Elias FLORES - (thru translator) cites their determination to continue growing crops.] [Planning minister Gonzalo SANCHEZ De LOZADA - notes growers' criticism of government's efforts.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Murphy, Dennis

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