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America Strikes Back / Afghanistan / Tora Bora / Bin Laden / Rumsfeld Visit / Land Mines #653876

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 16, 2001
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Claims that Al Qaeda has been defeated in Afghanistan noted.

(Tora Bora: Jim Avila) The final fighting in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan with Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden still missing featured; scenes shown of the celebrating Afghan fighters. [AFGHAN - jokes about bin Laden's whereabouts.] [Second AFGHAN - says he does not know where bin Laden is.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Suzanne Malveaux) The hunt for bin Laden, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and Al Qaeda figure Ayman al-Zawahiri featured. [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - says bin Laden will be brought to justice.] [National security adviser Condoleezza RICE - talks about Al Qaeda.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Afghanistan: Norah O'Donnell) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's visit to Afghanistan featured; scenes shown of his meeting with Hamid Karzai, who will head the new interim government and with the troops. [At Bagram Air Base, RUMSFELD - talks about the hunt for the senior leaders.] [MARINE - comments.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Kandahar in southern Afghanistan: Rob Morrison) Injuries to three Marines from a land mine featured; scenes shown of the men being flown out and of a cache of abandoned weapons. [Marine Captain David ROMLEY - comments on the mines.]

Avila, Jim;
Malveaux, Suzanne;
Morrison, Rob;
O'Donnell, Norah;
Seigenthaler, John

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