• Short Summary

    The Lebanese civil war, which has now lasted 18 months, has divided the country's armed forces - but one section has remained unified.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Pilot walks across tarmac to Hawker Hunter
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    2.
    SV Hawker Hunter jet on tarmac
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    3.
    SV PAN FROM Mechanics TO pilot climbing aboard and fixing his helmet ready for take-off (4 shots)
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    4.
    GV PAN Hawker Hunter takes off
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    5.
    CU Colonel Haj talking to Ronald Robson of BBC (3 shots)
    1.58


    ROBSON: "Colonel Haj, what is the objective of Vanguard?



    HAJ: "The objective of Vanguard is to unify the army, reunify the people and Lebanese territory, and to put this unified army under the orders of the new president.



    ROBSON: "Until recently Vanguard had taken no part in the fighting, but you did take part in the recent mountain offensives. What happened?



    HAJ: "We had to take part in the fighting because we had to withdraw strangers from places they shouldn't be.



    ROBSON: "What Kind of strangers?



    HAJ: "We have Yemeni there, we had Iraquis and we had all kinds of strangers.



    ROBSON: "Do you regard the Palestinian resistance movement as strangers?



    HAJ: "If they are not in the places they should be in Lebanon."




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    RONALD ROBSON

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The Lebanese civil war, which has now lasted 18 months, has divided the country's armed forces - but one section has remained unified.

    SYNOPSIS: It's the air force, which has so far mainly stayed out of the biter fighting. Some of the rest of the armed forces joined the breakaway left-wing Lebanese Arab Army and many others joined Christian rightist factions.

    The air force is equipped with Hawker Hunter jets which could play a major role as strike aircraft in certain military actions. There's now a possibility that this air power could be used in the civil war. A new organisation has emerged which could play a major part in the conflict. It's called Vanguard and it had its beginnings at the Rayak Air Force Base at Shtoura. It's attracting both Christians and Moslems.

    The commander of the base is Colonel Fahim Haj, who is also chairman of the commanding board of Vanguard. He spoke to Ronald Robson of the BBC about Vanguard.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6DDOF7535QB521Z51EZ0MNLKU
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DDOF7535QB521Z51EZ0MNLKU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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