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US-Libyan Confrontation #549023

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 25, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Possible end to US-Libyan confrontation in Gulf of Sidra explained.

(DC: Fred Francis) Details of Sixth Fleet's attack on Libyan patrol boat and radar installation examined; scenes shown. [Pentagon spokesperson Robert SIMS - describes patrol boat's destruction.] Effect of Navy's radar jamming on Libyan military capabilities explained, illustrated. [Soviet analyst Helmut SONNENFELDT - believes USSR is restraining Libya; explains.] Libyan air force commander's message to United States Admiral Frank Kelso quoted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced

(DC: Chris Wallace) Reagan administration's response to conflict examined. [Vice President George BUSH, Secretary of State George SHULTZ - praise events; suggest Muammar el- Kadhafi belongs in a box.] President Reagan said approving crackdown on Libya following last year's terrorist attacks on Rome and Vienna airports; USSR 's public response so far described. [Representatives Barbara MIKULSKI, Thomas O'NEILL- support United States actions.] Representative Dante Fascell's criticism that administration usurped War Powers Act noted. [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - denies incident fell under War Powers Act.] Incrd. security precautions for Shultz, Navy Secretary John Lehman and naval operations chief Admiral James Watkins described.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Tripoli, Libya: Bonnie Anderson) Reaction here to incident examined; scenes shown. [KADHAFI - considers it war; remarks transcribed on screen.] No. Americans still living here in defiance of Reagan's order to leave mentioned. Kadhafi noted calling for Arab attacks on United States ints. in regions and executions of US citizens. Anti-US demonstration in front of Belgium embassy, which representatives Americans here, discussed. Conflict's beneficial effects for Kadhafi considered.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Libyan censorship of reports from Tripoli described. International reaction to conflict noted; terrorist organization headed by Abu Nidal reported threatening all United States ints. Reactions of Israel and Italy's Bettino Craxi quoted. Upcoming item announced.

Anderson, Bonnie;
Brokaw, Tom;
Francis, Fred;
Wallace, Chris

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