CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 12, 2001
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: David Martin) The hunt for terrorism sponsor Osama bin Laden around Tora Bora Mountain in Afghanistan and the crash of a B-1 bomber near Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and the rescue of all four crew members reported; details given of the United States presence in Kandahar and the United States presence near the Kandahar airport; scenes shown of air strikes and ground forces at Tora Bora. [Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman General Peter PACE - says it is possible for someone to escape from Tora Bora.] [Voice of B-1 bomber pilot Captain William STEELE - says ejection from a plane is "violent".]
(Studio: Dan Rather) The hunt for Mullah Mohammed Omar noted.
(Tora Bora Mountain, Afghanistan: Randall Pinkston) Questions about whether bin Laden is still in the Tora Bora area and the unraveling of an Al Qaeda surrender deal examined; scenes shown of the damage caused by American bombers and Afghan ground troops at Tora Bora Mountain during the battle with Al Qaeda troops. [Afghan COMMANDER (thru translator) - says he knows nothing about a surrender deal.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) The search for evidence among items left behind by Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters fleeing from American and opposition forces reported; details given of lack of proof of claims that the terrorists have chemical, biological or nuclear weapons and the confessions of two Pakistani nuclear scientists that they gave bin Laden information about weapons of mass destruction.