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America Fights Back / Afghanistan / Tora Bora / Bin Laden Manhunt / The Terrain / Kandahar / Land Mines #652355

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 17, 2001
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced. {Note: brief video difficulty.}

(Pentagon: David Martin) The continuing battle in Afghanistan at Tora Bora Mountain between Al Qaeda fighters and Eastern Alliance and American forces featured; scenes shown of American Taliban fighter John Walker, who is now being held on board a ship. [Joint Chiefs of Staff Rear Admiral John STUFFLEBEEM - says he does not know how close anyone got to Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says the efforts to sort out who has been captured or killed are ongoing.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Tora Bora, Afghanistan: Mark Phillips) The continuing hunt for bin Laden reported; details given of plans to question captured Al Qaeda fighters about bin Laden's whereabouts and the poor conditions the Al Qaeda fighters had endured before capture; scenes shown of the prisoners near Tora Bora.

(Studio: Dan Rather) The difficulties faced by American troops in Afghanistan due to the terrain examined; three-dimensional map of the area near Tora Bora and a computer animation of a cave complex shown.

(Kandahar, Afghanistan: Richard Roth) The continuing manhunt for Mullah Mohammed Omar and other Taliban leaders featured; details given of the discovery of terrorist training materials; scenes shown of children's amusement rides and Omar's home in Kandahar, Afghanistan. [Afghan MAN - talks about the home.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Kandahar Airport: Allen Pizzey) The arrival of Marines at the Kandahar airport in Afghanistan reported; details given of the hospitalization of a Marine after a land mine explosion; scenes shown of land mines being exploded at the airport. [Three ordnance disposal EXPERTS - say they talked to the injured Marine while help arrived; say they often find land mine fields when someone steps on a mine.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Plans for up to 1,500 British troops to be part of a proposed UN-sponsored peacekeeping force in Afghanistan reported.

(Studio: Dan Rather) The reopening of the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, shown.

Martin, David;
Phillips, Mark;
Pizzey, Allen;
Rather, Dan;
Roth, Richard

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