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America Fights Back / Afghanistan / Kandahar / Bin Laden Hunt / Rumsfeld Interview #652601

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 04, 2001
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(Kabul, Afghanistan: Dan Rather) The continued bombing of Taliban targets near Kandahar and the removal of relief workers from Mazar-i-Sharif due to infighting among Northern Alliance groups reported; map shown.

(Pentagon: David Martin) The wounding of an American soldier near Kandahar and claims that the family of Al Qaeda lieutenant Aywan al-Zawahiri has been killed featured; details given of evidence that terrorism sponsor Osama bin Laden has plans to build a "dirty" nuclear bomb. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says Kandahar will be difficult for the Taliban to reinforce.] [Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul WOLFOWITZ - says a retreating enemy cannot be allowed to go loose.]

(Kabul, Afghanistan: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Jalalabad, Afghanistan: Randall Pinkston) The hunt for bin Laden in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan featured; scenes shown of the repair of the airport in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and of Afghan soldiers heading to Tora Bora.

(Kabul, Afghanistan: Dan Rather) Taped interview held with Rumsfeld. [RUMSFELD - explains what United States troops are doing in Afghanistan; says he believes Mullah Mohammed Omar is a "dead ender"; says Kandahar civilians are being used as shields; says he has heard that the Taliban is planning a terror attack on United States troops; says he believes that bin Laden is still in Afghanistan; says nobody should be surprised that terrorists want weapons of mass destruction.]

(Kabul, Afghanistan: Dan Rather) The agreement for a basic structure of the post-Taliban Afghanistan government at the UN-sponsored Afghan leaders summit in Koenigswinter, Germany, reported; scenes shown.

Martin, David;
Pinkston, Randall;
Rather, Dan

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