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Beirut / United States Embassy Bombing #83774

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 18, 1983
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(Studio) Terrorist bombing of United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Beirut, Lebanon) Embassy bombing examined; death toll so far noted. Films shown. Islamic Jihad organization said claiming responsibility; organization said allegedly Pro-Iranian.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Beirut, Lebanon) Details of bombing discussed; films shown. United States envoy Philip Habib and aide Morris Draper said not in building at the time; ambassador Robert Dillon said suffering minor injuries. Extent of carnage noted.
REPORTER: Mike McCourt

(DC) [President REAGAN - reacts to bombing.] President Amin Gemayel said phoning condolences and request for continuing United States peacekeeping efforts to Reagan. [REAGAN - remains committed to peace in region.] [Senator Barry GOLDWATER - criticizes "jackasses" in Lebanon.] Past attacks on Beirut embassy recalled.
REPORTER: Steve Shepard

(Studio) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) recalled protecting United States embassy here during Lebanon's civil war; assassination of ambassador Francis Meloy recalled. Mideast govts.' concern over US mil. presence in region as Israeli ally discussed. Terrorist bombing here of Lebanese President Bashir Gemayel also recalled.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Item recapped at end of broadcast

Brinkley, David;
Jennings, Peter;
McCourt, Mike;
Shepard, Steve

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