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US-Libya Relations / Plane Skirmish #73278

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 19, 1981
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(Studio) United States Navy planes reported shooting down Libyan aircraft following alleged attack on United States craft by Libyans.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Circumstances surrounding incident in south Mediterranean examined; films, maps shown. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - defs. United States action.] Pentagon reaction to event described. [Navy Secretary John LEHMAN - praises United States response; calls for incrd. budget.] Admin. said denying allegations of challenging Colonel Muammar Kadhafi's territorial claims.
REPORTER: David Ensor

(Studio) Libya's reaction to United States naval maneuvers nearby as well as air skirmish quoted.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Tripoli, Libya) Libya's version of incident outlined. [For. minister Tajeddin JERBI - claims United States fighters attacked Libyan planes; calls situation deliberate intimidation by United States under direct orders of President Reagan.] United States warning to Libya, delivered through Belgian diplomats here, quoted on screen; possible response of Kadhafi, currently in South Yemen, considered.
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

(Studio) Implications of incident in terms of United States response to crisis discussed.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Los Angeles, California) President Reagan's aides Edwin Meese and Richard Allen reported not informing him of encounter until following morning; Secys. Weinberger, Alexander Haig, CIA director William Casey and Vice President George Bush reported monitoring situation. Details given. [MEESE - explains reason for delaying information to president] [ALIEN - agrees with procedure followed.] [MEESE - denies provocation.] Apparent reason for United States naval exercises in area noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Despite government's denial, possibility that today's incident was provoked as part of United States strategy pertaining to Kadhafi examined; article in "Newsweek" magazine recalled, shown. [State Department spokesperson Alan ROMBERG - denies claim that maneuvers were challenge to Libya.] Tension between United States and Libya in recent mos. recalled. [Senators Larry PRESSLER, John TOWER - express opposing reactions to event.] Probability that Kadhafi will react mentioned; number of Americans still in Libya cited.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Dobbs, Greg;
Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Ensor, David;
Jarriel, Tom;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max

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