U.S. Marines moved into West Beirut on September 29 as Israeli troops who stormed the city two weeks earlier finally were withdrawing from their last positions at the airport.
LEBANON: SEPTEMBER 29 (VISNEWS)
U.S. ships landing in Beirut Harbour. (4 shots)
GV Ships docking and Marines disembarking. (2 SHOTS)
SV/GV Military trucks disembarking
USA SEPTEMBER 28 (NBC)
CU Reagan speaking. (2 SHOTS)
GV Reagan leaving podium as newsmen gather around him
TRANSCRIPT: REAGAN: (SEQ 4) "The Marines are going in there into a situation with a definite understanding as to what we are supposed to do. I believe that we are going to be successful in seeing the other foreign forces leave Lebanon. And then, such time as Lebanon says that they have the situation well in hand, why, we'll depart. I think it been, I think, than Frank Reynolds last night voiced something that we believe, and that is that the Israeli people are proving with their reaction to the massacre, that there's no change in the spirit of Israel."
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Background: U.S. Marines moved into West Beirut on September 29 as Israeli troops who stormed the city two weeks earlier finally were withdrawing from their last positions at the airport. The United States had insisted they would not send their men ashore until the Israelis had left. When the first 200 Marines landed at Beirut Harbour, however, the Israelis were still occupying the airport. They finally left when a second contingent of Marines flew into the airport by helicopter. The Marines' Commander, Colonel James Mead, said his mission was to support the newly-reformed Lebanese Army, and to maintain law and order now that the Palestinian and other armed groups have left Beirut streets. The 1,200 Marines scheduled to be deployed in West Beirut will raise the size of the three-nation peacekeeping force to 4,000. In Washington, President Reagan said the Marines would remain until foreign forces, including Israelis, who still patrol Christian districts of East Beirut, had left Lebanon. He said the Marines, working with French and Italian troops, would leave as soon as the Lebanese government were firmly in control.