CNN Evening News for Friday, Nov 30, 2001
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(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Live discussion held with former Assistant Defense Secretary Frank Gaffney†, South Asia analyst Mansoor Ijaz†, and former Assistant Secretary of State Richard Murphy† about the presence of international peacekeepers in Afghanistan and what the US should do with Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders. [GAFFNEY – comments on the chaos in Afghanistan due to the "vacuum of power"; says the scope of the Russian mission in Afghanistan is not clear; says we may not be able to know who is on our side.] [MURPHY – says it’s best the US not be the peacekeepers ; says the Pakistanis would go after Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden if he gets into Pakistan; comments on the American government’s knowledge of Afghanistan’s ethnic problems.] [IJAZ – comments on the Russian presence in Kabul; says the US must use its technology and not its human resources; says our political pressure should galvanize a political solution for Afghanistan.] [On tape, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – comments on remaining Taliban in Afghanistan.]
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