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Beirut / Bombing #81333

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Oct 23, 1983
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(Studio) Terrorists reported bombing Marine and French compounds in Beirut, Lebanon; details given.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Beirut, Lebanon) Details of bombing examined; films shown. Details illustrated on map. [Colonel Tim GERAGHTY - feel such incidents harden Marines' resolve.] Recovery and rescue efforts, during sniper attack, noted; similar bombing at French headquarters described.

(Studio) President Reagan, learning of bombing, reported cutting Georgia vacation short to return to White House for crisis mtgs.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Reagan's consideration of improved security for Marines in Lebanon noted. [REAGAN - can't properly express his outrage.] White House photo shown; President's commitment to keeping full Marine contingent in region noted. [Courtesy "This Week", Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - feels size of Marine force is appropriate for their mission.] [Courtesy "This Week", Henry KISSINGER - thinks Israeli army should become more involved in United States military efforts in Lebanon.] White House said blaming terrorists linked to Ayatollah Khomeini's regime for incidents.
REPORTER: Ann Compton

(Studio) Marine replacements reported leaving Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, today; details given, films shown.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Circumstantial evidence indicating Iran's culpability discussed; Iranian terrorist attack on United States embassy in Beirut 6 months ago recalled. Recent sniping at Marines in Beirut noted work of Iranian loyalists. Issue of breach of security around Marines today considered; Marine replacements discussed. Probable delay in notification of next-of-kin explained.
REPORTER: John McWethy ,Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Bombing's possible impact on domestic United States support for President's policy noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Compton, Ann;
Dale, Al;
Donaldson, Sam;
McWethy, John

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