ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 20, 1981
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(Studio) Libya's continued claim of victory in yesterday's aerial battle with US noted; United States reaction reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(USS Constellation) President Reagan's tour of USS Constellation featured; films shown. USS Fletcher incld. in report [REGAN - praises seamen.] Activities viewed by president outlined. [REAGAN - defs. United States response to Libyan planes; denies efforts to destabilize Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi's government] Symbolism of president visit following aerial battle noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Studio) Anti-American demonstrations in Libya reported.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
(Tripoli, Libya) Libya's continued claim that United States attacked first examined; films shown. Interview with men, identification as pilots of planes shot down by US, quoted on screen; Libyan-supplied audio tape of alleged United States pilot searching for other pilot played, transcribed on screen. Libya's past claims that president Reagan is attempting to overthrow Kadhafi, whose whereabouts are unknown, discussed.
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs
(DC) Admin.'s response to Libyan tape, their allegations of number of planes involved outlined; Libyan pilots' alleged conversation, picked up by United States surveillance plane, described. Commander Henry M. Kleeman, Lieutenant Lawrence M. Muczynski, Lieutenant David J. Venlet and Lieutenant James P. Anderson said US plane crews involved; photos shown.
REPORTER: David Ensor
(Studio) International reaction to incident quoted; Tass, Prime Min. Menahem Begin, "London Daily Mail" quoted; Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger quoted. [WEINBERGER - considers incident over.] Libyan United Nations representative quoted.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
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