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Afghanistan, Sudan / Attack On Terrorists #625808

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 20, 1998
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(White House: David Bloom) United States attacks on suspected terrorist base sites in Afghanistan and Sudan featured; suspicion that other terrorist acts against Americans were imminent mentioned. [President CLINTON - gives some description of attack; says the attack will not end terrorism.] [Secretary of State Madeleine ALBRIGHT - says Osama bin Laden's organization basically declared war on Americans.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Robert Hager) Timeline of events leading up to attacks on Afghanistan and Sudan terrorist camps reported; maps of Afghanistan and Sudan shown. [Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Hugh SHELTON - announces attacks had occurred.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Insistence that the attacks were meant for bin Laden's network and not necessarily bin Laden himself reported; some background on bin Laden given. [SHELTON - explains why some sites were chosen for attack.] [UN Ambassador Bill RICHARDSON and REPORTER - talk about speaking with Afghani officials.] [Terrorism expert Chris KOSLOW - describes why bin Laden is so hard to catch.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Interview held with National Security Council Sandy Berger. [BERGER - says there is convincing evidence that bin Laden is responsible for bombings in Africa; describes United States plan dealing with terrorism.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Reactions from various Congressmen reported. [Various CONGRESSMEN - say Clinton is the most powerful political figure in the world; say the action is protective for the US.] [Senator Dan COATS - criticizes the timing.]

Bloom, David;
Hager, Robert;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Williams, Brian

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