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America Fights Back / Afghanistan War / Konduz / Kabul / Jalalabad #651941

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 15, 2001
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Multiple reports on the war in Afghanistan introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) The status of the war in Afghanistan reviewed; scenes shown of opposition forces moving into Taliban territory, from the Kabul compound filled with documents on weapons of mass destruction and of bombed-out areas. [US Central Command commander General Tommy FRANKS - says getting the Al Qaeda network is most important to us.] [Homeland Security director Tom RIDGE - says the information could have come off the Internet.] [USS Roosevelt Captain Richard O'HANLON - talks about the Afghan caves.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - explains how the Taliban can hide.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Richard MYERS - comments on the strategy of sorting out the bad guys.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(On the road to Konduz, Afghanistan: Byron Pitts) The battle for the city of Konduz, the last major city still in question in northern Afghanistan, featured; scenes shown of the United Front troops and of villagers heading off.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Kabul: Lara Logan) Life in Kabul after the fall of the Taliban featured; scenes shown of homes and buildings being destroyed and Northern Alliance soldiers and weapons; details given of plans for international peacekeepers for the city and of the statement to the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) from Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar about the "evil government" of America.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Jalalabad: Randall Pinkston) The fall of the strategic eastern city of Jalalabad featured; scenes shown of opposition troops and exiles moving in; details given of signs of dissent between tribal factions in the liberated cities.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Islamabad, Pakistan: Tom Fenton) The escape of eight foreign aid workers from Taliban control in Afghanistan featured; scenes shown of Americans Heather Mercer and Dayna Curry and their Kabul prison. [Rescued aid worker George TAUBMANN - describes what happened in Ghazni.] [Antioch Community Church pastor Jimmy SEIBERT - recounts how Heather lit her head scarf on fire (to attract the helicopters).]

Fenton, Tom;
Logan, Lara;
Martin, David;
Pinkston, Randall;
Pitts, Byron;
Rather, Dan

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