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Lebanon / Hostages #562279

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 18, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Saint fighting between Moslem factions in Beirut, Lebanon, reported rumored to facilitate release of hostages. Report introduced.

(DC: John Cochran) Arab sources quoted with regard to possible freedom of American hostages. Fighting noted representing struggle for dominance between Syria and Iran. Syria noted supporting Amal militia while Iran backing Hizballah; details of fighting given, scenes shown. Syria noted gaining international prestige if able to secure hostages' release. [UN ambassador Vernon WALTERS - warns of danger to hostages.] Hizballah spiritual leader Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah reported desiring to distance himself from Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini. US official quoted with regard to precarious nature of situation.

Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John

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