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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 8, 1983, Tokyo, Japan W 3 to it Al Pacific stars and stripes he Tai Teloh 17 m Joseph e Luftglas 75 to to 38th 250 250 an authorized unofficial publication for the personnel of the department of other government agencies and authorized personnel within the Pacific command 1983 soviets admit shoo Down compiled from wire services the soviet Union on tuesday admitted that one of its fighters shot Down korean air lines flight but said it did not know that the Craft was an related Page 4 its military forces thought the Boeing 747 was an rc135 american reconnaissance it the admission came after five Days of soviet denials that the jetliner had been shot Down and after angry world reaction to the shoo Down and the subsequent soviet in their statement admitting the the soviets continued to insist that the 747 was on a spy Mission for the United that the Airliner did not have its outside safety lights turned on at the and that soviet fighters fired warning shots that were ignored by the airliners a soviet statement issued in Moscow said the soviet government expresses regret Over the death of innocent people but added the entire responsibility for this tragedy rests wholly and fully with the leaders of the United states of even though the plane was a civilian the statement it had been directed into soviet air space to carry out its spying the fact that the plane veered off the flight path to Seoul was not a technical it the soviet in stopping the actions of the intruder could not know that it was a civilian the statement it was flying without navigation at the height of in see Page 10 2 More marines 3 injured in Beirut shelling one of the wounded marines escaped with Only a bandaged Beirut up two american marines died and three were slightly wounded tuesday when druze mos Lem militiamen shelled the marines positions at Beirut International the Marine deaths occurred As the druze and Lebanon army both scored victories in an escalating civil the marines fired Back with machine artillery and their commander six italian peacekeepers also were one the italian command the sound of incoming and out going artillery fire rolled across and French military officials estimated that artillery rounds were fired in 48 one every 25 the lebanese army said its forces advanced from Beirut to the Moun Tain Village of souk Al a strategic Point five Miles East of the where the marines Are dug in an offsetting druze the pro government lebanese forces said their Christian militiamen lost the key town of 12 Miles East of Beirut on the Highway to Israel has warned Syria against increasing its either directly or through its druze in the Shouf Mountain Region that Israel vacated on Israel specifically mentioned but after the fall of the strategic israeli defense sources in Jeru Salem said they would not intervene unless syrian troops became directly the marines were caught Between druze forces in the mountains and the lebanese army on the Southern Edge of the the latest casualties brought the Marine total since heavy fighting broke out nine Days ago to four dead and 24 the total in the year since the marines arrived in Beirut stands at five dead and 34 see Page 10 747 Downing May help my pass Congress Washington a the soviet unions destruction of a South korean jetliner May give an important boost in Congress to the my which once faced probable defeat in the and other legislation needed to finance president reagans rearmament key lawmakers predict that Many congressmen alarmed by the soviet attack on the civilian aircraft will vote for military projects which faced Uncertain futures Only last i think the events of the past few Days have enhanced the presidents chances of getting the my included in the defense appropriations Bill that will be brought to the floor this said House majority Leader Jim John chair Man of the Senate armed services also believes the soviet attack will help the especially in the spokeswoman Linda Hill in two test votes on the House floor this the my was approved by 53 votes in May but by Only 13 votes in the margin for the weapon has been More comfortable and consistent in the Republican led Les Aspin of a Leader of moderate democrats who have been instrumental in keeping the my said he thought the Airliner incident would cancel Possi ble challenges to the missile in a military authorization Bill scheduled for final passage in the House and Senate next he i dont know How Long this will the mood shifts there in the House very despite a pretty fair amount of evidence that the soviets have used chemical weapons in were involved in the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul ii and committed other widely condemned these have not had a Long lasting effect on some members in Aspin for that he he thinks House opponents of military spend ing May try to postpone action on the defense appropriation Bill until after the new fiscal year starts 1 in order to allow the 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