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Afghanistan / Bin Laden Manhunt / Tora Bora Caves / Pakistan #653904

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 18, 2001
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The continuing manhunt for terrorist Osama bin Laden near Tora Bora, Afghanistan, introduced; scenes shown from Kandahar of the raising of the American flag that had flown over Ground Zero in New York City.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The discovery of more videotapes of bin Laden from the Tora Bora caves, the interrogation of Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners concerning the whereabouts of bin Laden and Mullah Mohammed Omar and the attack on Al Qaeda camps in Yemen by Yemeni military forces reviewed; scenes shown of the cave-by-cave search at Tora Bora. [Deputy Defense Secretary Paul WOLFOWITZ - says nobody knows where he is; says any countries harboring bin Laden would be "out of their minds"; says prisoners of war lie.] [FBI Tom KNOWLES - says the prisoners of war can be difficult to deal with.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Tora Bora, Afghanistan: Jim Avila) The destruction of the fortified cave complex at Tora Bora featured; details given of claims that bin Laden shaved his beard and fled to Pakistan; scenes shown of destroyed equipment and buildings at Tora Bora.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Increasing pressure on Pakistan as Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters flee from Afghanistan reported. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says the Pakistan-Afghanistan border is "porous".] [Brookings Institution Stephen COHEN - says bin Laden would probably be turned over to the United States "in a body bag".] [Pakistani Embassy Zamir AKRAM - says Pakistanis generally do not sympathize with what bin Laden has done.] [Pakistani official Sardar ASIF - says bin Laden and his associates could blend in with Pashtuns.] [American University professor Akbar AHMED - says there has been arms smuggling from Pakistan into Afghanistan.]

Avila, Jim;
Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Mitchell, Andrea

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