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Special Assignment / USSR and Mideast #62782

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 22, 1980
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(Studio) First in series on USSR aims and problems in Mideast.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(No location given) [US-Canada Institution Dr. Alexander KISLOV - says US doing best to shut USSR out of section.] Anwar Sadat recalled expelling USSR from Egypt. 1974 film of Henry Kissinger shown. His efforts to thwart USSR efforts in area recalled. Arab ntns. said not regarding USSR as friend. Afghanistan invasion said public relations negative for USSR . Libya stance noted. Iraq said drifting toward West Syria said under treaty with USSR due to weakness. South Yemen alone called real partner of USSR . Instability of whole region noted. [British Mil. Analyst Sir John HACKETT - assesses USSR interest in Persian Gulf.] March 1979 scenes of Camp David accords shown and USSR 's exclusion from sarr'e noted. USSR said wanting equality with US. [KISLOV - interprets this desire.] West said believing Iran-Iraq war extends USSR opportunity for involvement in Mideast. Tomorrows' report announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank

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