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Afghanistan and Sudan / Terrorism / United States Attacks #181824

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 20, 1998
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) The United States attacks on terrorist camps in Afghanistan and on a chemical plant in Sudan with the aim at prime terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The reasons why the strikes were carried out now examined; scenes shown from Sudan of the fires from United States cruise missiles. [Secretary of Defense William COHEN - says terrorists cannot hide.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Henry SHELTON - comments on the attacks against a terrorist organization.] The targeting of bin Laden's "terrorist university" in Afghanistan and of a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan noted; scenes shown of Sudanese television coverage. [COHEN - explains the link of bin Laden to Sudan.]

(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.

(White House: John Cochran) The secretive nature of the strikes against terrorism examined. [President CLINTON - announces the attack of terrorism because terrorist leaders were to gather today.] The issue over whether Clinton might have created an international crisis to deflect attention from the Monica Lewinsky scandal a la the film Wag the Dog noted. [COHEN - defends the action today.] [National Security Adviser Samuel BERGER - cites specific threats.]

(Studio: Forrest Sawyer; Capitol Hill: Cokie Roberts) The White House defense of today's strike back against terrorism discussed. [Former senior advisor to the president George STEPHANOPOULOS - says Clinton left the political advisors out of the loop on the attacks.]

Cochran, John;
McWethy, John;
Roberts, Cokie;
Sawyer, Forrest

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