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    U.S. Army Colonel Frnest Morgan flew out of Beirut on Sunday (13 July) with the?

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    GV & CUs Alleged terrorist line-up

    SCU Interview with Deuxieme Bureau Major IN FRENCH

    GV & SVs Colonel Morgan mobbed by newsmen

    SCU Newsman interviewing Morgan (SOUND - ENGLISH)

    GV Morgan being led out (3 shots)

    SEQ. 2: REPORTER: "So far, this group can be linked with the Baader-Mei?hof guerrillas ... and Carlos Martinez ... the alleged guerrilla?"
    MAJOR: "Yes."
    REPORTER: "So that's the kind of action they usually go for?"
    MAJOR: "Even more so, they don't even have ties with the Lebanese Communist Party. They are completely independent and have never co-operated with the Palestinian organisations, that are now stationed in the country."

    SEQ. 4: REPORTER: "What will you do now, Colonel Morgan?"
    COLONEL MORGAN: "I don't know."
    REPORTER: "Any messages for your family, sir?"
    COLONEL MORGAN: "I'm glad to be out ... glad to be alive..."

    Initials BB/0215 GB/AH/BB/0150 EDITORS NOTE: This film is supplied with an interview with a Major in the Lebanese Deuxiome Bureau who gives details (in French) of the illegal Arab network, and part of an interview with Colonel Ernest Morgan. English transcripts of both follow.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: U.S. Army Colonel Frnest Morgan flew out of Beirut on Sunday (13 July) with the comment: "All's well thatwell"
    Colonel Morgan -- freed on Saturday after being held for thirteen days by Pro-Palestinian kidnappers -- told newsmen he was returning to his family and "hopefully some semblance of normality".
    The 43-year-old Colonel was dragged from a taxi by gunmen near Beirut Airport on 29 June. The kidnappers demanded that the U.S. Embassy distribute food, clothes and building materials to a dockland slum area, badly damaged recently during political fighting in Beirut.
    The demand was met, but the supplies were rejected by residents who claimed they did not want American charity. However, the U.S. Embassy firmly denied having supplied the goods, claiming the United States Government had made no concessions to the kidnappers.
    The kidnappers, calling themselves the Revolutionary Socialists Action Organisation, are believed to be radical Palestinian Commandos opposed to the leadership of Yasser Arafat.
    And while the drama of the kidnapping seems to be subsiding, a military magistrate in Beirut has started to interrogate ten people, who could be sentence to death on charges or subversion.
    The accused ... three of them women ... are changed with belonging to a banned Arab communist organisation responsible for subversive operations in Lebanon and Syria.

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