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Saudi Arabia / Riyadh Terrorist Attacks / Al Qaeda / Fowler Interview #728397

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, May 13, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(State Department: Andrea Koppel) The suicide car bombings on three residential compounds that housed foreigners reviewed; scenes shown of the destruction & of Secretary of State Colin Powell visiting the attack sites. [POWELL - says this has the fingerprints of an Al Qaeda operation & was a well-planned attack.] [Saudi Arabia Crown Prince ABDULLAH†- {thru translator} says this attack won't hurt the unity of the nation.] How many Americans will be ordered out by the State Department, how many terrorists were involved in the attacks & whether any terrorists escaped discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Washington: David Ensor) The link of Al Qaeda to the Riyadh attacks examined; details given of Saudi Arabia's recent manhunt for 19 terror suspects & from an e-mail to the Al-Majallah newspaper from Abu Mohammed al-Ablaj† about Al Qaeda strategy. [President BUSH, CNN analyst Peter BERGEN†- say it could be Al Qaeda.] [Saudi dissident Ali al-AHMED†- talks about "Al Qaeda 2."] [BERGEN - says this could be a home-grown operation managed by Al Qaeda.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(White House: Suzanne Malveaux) The swift White House reaction to the Saudi bombings examined. [From Indianapolis & Pierce City, Missouri, BUSH - comments on "these despicable" acts; states the war on terrorism goes on; notes a free Iraq will make to world more peaceful.] [Vice President Dick CHENEY††- says this threat must be destroyed.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Washington: Kelli Arena) The issue of Saudi cooperation in the terrorism investigation examined; details given about how Saudi government hampered the Khobar Towers bombing & the September 11 attacks investigations. [FBI director Robert MUELLER†- comments on cooperation now.] [Senator Bob GRAHAM†- comments on the climate of the mixed Saudi role in the war on terrorism.] [Voice of Saudi foreign policy adviser Adel al-JUBEIR‡- says there has been active Saudi involvement.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Wyche Fowler. [From Washington, FOWLER - says the Saudi government is not very happy with home-grown terrorism & there has been extraordinary cooperation in recent times; notes the US cannot root out terrorism without Saudi cooperation; outlines the delicate balancing act for this specific Islamic nation.]

Brown, Aaron;
Koppel, Andrea;
Ensor, David;
Malveaux, Suzanne;
Arena, Kelli

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