CNN Evening News for Friday, Nov 09, 2001
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(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) A potential breakthrough with reports that Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, will fall to the Northern Alliance rebels featured; maps shown of this strategic northern crossroads. [Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Victoria CLARKE, Pentagon spokesman R/Admiral John STUFFLEBEEM - comment on the battle.] The Pentagon's hopes to use bases in neighboring Tajikistan to step up the pace of the bombing noted. The issue of possible Taliban defections if the city falls discussed.
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Live discussion held with Northern Alliance Representative Haron Amin, former United States arms control director/Defense Policy Board Ken Adelman and former assistant Secretary of State Phyllis Oakley about the battle for Mazar-i-Sharif; maps shown. [AMIN - says the word is Mazar-i-Sharif is in our hands; defends the United Front's human rights before Taliban began the killing; indicates international experts were involved in planning the alliance's move on the city.] [OAKLEY - says Mazar-i-Sharif had previously been held by the alliance; cites the significance of the alliance taking the city; worries the military side is getting ahead of the political side in Afghanistan.] [ADELMAN - hopes the alliance will not violate human rights; suggests the United States should not wage a city-by-city war in Afghanistan because the war against terrorism is wider.]
(Northern Afghanistan: Ben Wedeman) Reports of continued claims by the Northern Alliance that Mazar-i-Sharif has been taken and taken faster than expected reviewed.