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Afghanistan War / Bin Laden and Atef #650526

ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 16, 2001
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(San Diego: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) Reports that Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden aide Mohammed Atef has been killed in a bombing raid in Afghanistan, that the Taliban has abandoned Kandahar and that Konduz is surrounded by the Northern Alliance reviewed. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - outlines the role of United States special forces on the ground.]

(San Diego: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(London: John Miller) Atef's background in Egypt and Afghanistan and as bin Laden's military commander reviewed; details given of his likely masterminding of terrorist attacks against the US; scenes shown of Atef with bin Laden at their children's wedding. [ABC News consultant professor Fawaz GERGES - cites Atef's role as a military planner.]

(San Diego: Peter Jennings) The hunt for bin Laden introduced.

(New York: Brian Ross) The difficulty of finding bin Laden in Afghanistan featured; details given of the shift to the "hunter/killer mode." [RUMSFELD - says there is no reason to believe he is in Pakistan.] [Consultant Tony CORDESMAN - comments on the hunt; speculates on bin Laden perhaps seeking a grandiose martyrdom.]

(San Diego: Peter Jennings) Concern that Afghanistan might fracture into regions and provinces introduced.

(Kabul: David Wright) The tribal splits in several key Afghan cities now that the Taliban is in retreat examined; scenes shown of the factional fighting in 1992 that led to the rise of the Taliban.

(San Diego: Peter Jennings) Press conference in Pakistan for the eight foreign aid workers who just escaped from Afghanistan reported. [Released aid worker Heather MERCER - describes being freed.]

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Miller, John;
Ross, Brian;
Wright, David

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