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Libya / Uprising / US Action #990391

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 19, 2011
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) The actions by the coalition of 21 countries trying to stop Libyan leader Muammar el-Kadhafi from waging war on his people introduced; scenes shown of a downed Libyan plane.

(Washington: Martha Raddatz) The missile and French air strike against Libya reviewed; virtual view and map shown; details given about the multiphase operation with the next step being a no-fly zone and the specific role for the US outlined. [Pentagon SPOKESMAN - comments on the sites targeted and the international military operation.]

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Live discussion held with former Marine pilot Col. Stephen Ganyard about the military operation. [With map, GANYARD - describes where the initial missiles strikes were ; expresses concern about the pressure on the rebels in Benghazi.]

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Eastern Libya: Alex Marquardt) The rebel forces that include thousands of untrained civilians featured; scenes shown of a fighter jet going down, the Kadhafi forces attacking in Benghazi, the rebels celebrating.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer; Washington: Christiane Amanpour; White House: Jake Tapper) The negotiations to get Kadhafi to step aside, what President Obama is saying about the US activities mainly in a support role. not a long-term military commitment, the trigger for this action on Tuesday, the forward action by the French and the British discussed.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Studio: David Muir) The threats from Kadhafi to take out planes examined. [In recent interview, former FBI agent Jack CLOONAN†- comments on the limits to Kadhafi's military capabilities, questions about whether he can pay for assassinations as part of his revenge motives and how Al Qaeda will try to take advantage of the situation in Libya.] The concern about Kadhafi's revenge discussed.

Sawyer, Diane;
Raddatz, Martha;
Marquardt, Alex;
Amanpour, Christiane;
Tapper, Jake;
Muir, David

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