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Saudi Arabia / Truck Bombing / Security Issues #167181

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 26, 1996
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) What likely occurred in the truck bombing of the housing compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, featured; American casualty figures outlined on screen; video shown of the damaged building; animation shown to reconstruct events just before and after the explosion. [On telephone, Secretary of State Warren CHRISTOPHER - says the explosion was enormous.] [Voice of witness Air Force General joint task force commander Kurt ANDERSON - describes what happened.] [Before leaving for Europe, President CLINTON - says we will find and pursue those responsible.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; Pentagon: David Ensor) The warnings that a terrorist action targeted Americans in Saudi Arabia reviewed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Washington: Jim Wooten) The security questions following the attack at Khobar examined; animated diagram shown of the target area. [Secretary of Defense William PERRY - says the fence prevented more casualties.] [Former CIA chief of counterterrorism Vincent CANNISTRARO - questions the size of the protective perimeter.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman John SHALIKASHVILI - comments.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Map shown of the United States military bases from which the troops stationed in Saudi Arabia came.

(New York: Aaron Brown) The families' wait for news about the service people in Saudi Arabia featured; scenes shown from the telephone bank at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. [William Sind's MOTHER; in South Carolina, soldier's wife Camille BERGSTRESSER; Seattle mother Louise ZILMER; in Milwaukee, dead soldier Patrick Fennig's FATHER - talk about their loved ones.]

Brown, Aaron;
Ensor, David;
Jennings, Peter;
Wooten, Jim

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