ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 28, 1983
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(Studio) Current death toll for Americans and French from Sunday's bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, reported; possible final United States death toll noted. Arrival at Andrews Air Force Base of wounded Marines shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Beirut, Lebanon) Lebanese government said giving United States officials names of suspects in bombing, all alleged members of Shiite Moslem sect here loyal to Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini; United States and Lebanese noted believing connection exists between bombing and increased communications by Iran and factional leaders in Baalbek, Lebanon. Baalbek-based leader Hussein Mussawi, approving of bombing, said denying any involvement. Officials reported searching Beirut environs for fanatical Pro-Iranian leader Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah. Details given. Radical Arab contacts familiar with terrorist techniques said claiming Khomeini masterminded bombing; West officials noted feeling Syria is actual culprit. Hypothesis concerning Syrian President Hafez al-Assad's allegedly organization of attack outlined; catch-22 position for United States explained.
REPORTER: Mike Lee
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