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America Fights Back / Afghanistan / Bin Laden Manhunt / Videotape #652509

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 27, 2001
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Washington: Jim Stewart) The continuing hunt for terrorist Osama bin Laden featured; details given of claims from the new Afghan government that bin Laden is hiding in Pakistan; of plans to transfer prisoners of war to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and of the identification of the type of explosives found in the sneakers of American Airlines shoe bomber Richard Reid; videotape segments of bin Laden shown. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says he hears conflicting reports daily.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Kabul, Afghanistan: Cynthia Bowers) The search by American and Afghan troops for bin Laden in the Tora Bora mountains with pockets of Al Qaeda and Taliban forces throughout Afghanistan reported; scenes shown of a bombed convoy near Khost. [Interim government foreign minister Abdullah ABDULLAH - says terrorism must be eradicated in Afghanistan.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Live interview held with Middle East expert Fouad Ajami about the bin Laden videotape. [AJAMI - says bin Laden identifies the September 11 attack on America hijackers; explains why so many Saudis were involved; says bin Laden wants to target the American economy; says bin Laden has had a rough time the last few months; says the tape is solemn in tone.]

Bowers, Cynthia;
Rather, Dan;
Stewart, Jim

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