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America Strikes Back / Afghanistan / Atef Death #653440

NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 16, 2001
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The death of terrorism sponsor Osama bin Laden's military commander Mohammed Atef and other top Al Qaeda leaders in a United States air strike in Afghanistan reported; details given of plans for Northern Alliance troops to attack Taliban holdouts in Konduz and battles between rival tribes for control over Jalalabad and Kandahar; scenes shown of a bombed-out building in Kabul. [Joint Chiefs of Staff R/Admiral John STUFFLEBEEM - says bin Laden "no longer has a principal assistant".] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says many people will die if there is a major battle in Konduz.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The close relationship between Atef and bin Laden examined; past scenes shown of Atef. [RUMSFELD - says Atef was probably the second-in-command.] [Terrorism expert Benjamin VENZKE - says the marriage between Atef's daughter and bin Laden's son hints that Atef was supposed to be bin Laden's successor.] [Center for Strategic and International Studies Daniel BENJAMIN - says Atef was the central organizer of terrorist attacks.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Mitchell, Andrea

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