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Lebanon / Bombing #81344

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 24, 1983
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(Studio) Death toll so far in yesterday's bombing of Marine headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, reported; known casualties among French troops as result of identical attack mentioned. President Reagan's commitment to keeping Marines in region noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Beirut, Lebanon) Details of bombing examined; films shown. [Lance Corporal Robert CALHOUN - describes scene.] [Major Robert JORDAN - notes implications for success of such suicide missions.] French President Francois Mitterrand noted paying his respects to Marines here today. Soc. and cultural gap underlying Marines' inability to understand Lebanon's long-running factional conflicts considered; Tennyson quoted.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(Studio) Replacements for slain Marines noted en route; their stop at West German air base shown. Airlifting of wounded Marines to United States hospitals in W. Europe, primarily in West Germany, mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Bombing's impact on families of Marines and their effort to determine fate of loved ones in Beirut examined. [Guillermo SAN PEDRO - feels son Guillermo San Pedro died for his country; recalls his commitment to Marines.] [Theresa STEWART - notes son John Tischbach was due home soon.] [Mary WELLS - believes Marines shouldn't have been in Lebanon.] Wells' son John LaRue said recovering from injuries; fate of Selena Foster's son John Foster noted unknown. [Selena FOSTER - agrees Marines don't belong in Lebanon.] [Judy and Jack YOUNG - hope Marine in newstape was son Jeffrey.]
REPORTER: Steve Shepard

(Studio) Reagan's commitment to keeping Marines in Beirut quoted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) [REAGAN - rationalizes keeping United States forces in Lebanon.] Subtle change in official United States reason for deploying troops in Lebanon outlined. [REAGAN - claims opposing force is trying to take over Mideast; considers possibility of increasing size of Marine force; dismisses possibility of Marines entering combat.] Marine commandant P.X. Kelley said en route to Beirut to supervise tighter security measures for Marines.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Reaction on Capitol Hill to bombing examined. [Representative Thomas O'NEILL, Senator Howard BAKER - feel unified face should be presented by Congress] [Senator Robert BYRD, Senator Ernest HOLLINGS, Senator Edward KENNEDY, Representative Elliott LEVITAS, Representative Sam GIBBONS - criticize administration policy.] [Senator Charles PERCY, Representative Wyche FOWLER - support President] Apparent criticism by House members in briefing with Secretary of State George Shultz mentioned.

(Studio) Shultz said meeting later in week for emergency session with representatives of other ntns. deploying troops in multintl. peacekeeping force in Lebanon; Mitterrand's commitment to keeping French troops in region noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Shepard, Steve;
Threlkeld, Richard

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