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Lebanon / US-Syria Conflict / Israel #82423

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 05, 1983
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(Studio) Syria reported downing 2 United States fighter planes over Lebanon, capturing 1 pilot; Syrian demand for release of pilot noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Beirut, Lebanon) Marine casualties during retaliation on United States sites here by Syrian-backed Lebanese militia following major bombing raid by United States aircraft on Syrian positions examined; films shown. [Lieutenant Colonel Ray SMITH - explains circumstances of United States casualties.] Lebanese prime minister Shafik al-Wazan noted claiming to be uninformed of United States attack on Syrian positions in Lebanon; implications of incident for President Amin Gemayel's efforts to improve Lebanese-Syrian relations noted. Latest United States measures effectively pulling rug out from under Gemayel listed, discussed; recent United States-Israeli agreement considered.
REPORTER: Charles Glass

(Studio) Total number Marines killed in Lebanon in recent months mentioned; goal of United States attack on Syrian sites explained.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Damascus, Syria) Syria's refusal to release Navy Lieutenant Robert Goodman until war ends reported; President Hafez al-Assad's plea to other ntns. to intercede to end war on Syria's behalf noted. Photos, films shown. Syrian television noted claiming body of Lieutenant Mark Lange will be returned to United States embassy here after suitable arrangements have been made. Syria's commitment to continue firing on United States reconnaissance flights in region explained; belief here that weekend raids were part of concerted United States-Israeli strategy to take over Syria mentioned.
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(DC) [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - declines comment on future United States military action in Lebanon.] His assessment of yesterday's United States air strikes, captured United States pilot outlined on screen. [SHULTZ - claims United States will defense self; implies course of current United States policy; thinks American public wants peace in Mideast.] Apparent underlying United States strategy discussed.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Israeli military competence in Lebanon, as demonstrated by its relative lack of losses in air runs over region as compared to United States, examined; films shown. USS New Jersey noted capable of eliminating Syrian targets without risk of life; questions raised by United States air raids on Syrian sites this weekend considered. Vulnerability of United States planes used explained, discussed; factors apparently affecting performances of United States versus Israeli air raids compared.
REPORTER: Jack Smith

(Studio) Implications of USSR news agency's statement today on Lebanon considered.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Reporter(s):
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Glass, Charles;
Jennings, Peter;
Smith, Jack;
Walker, Hal
Duration:
00:07:40

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