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Terrorism / Al Qaeda / Iran / Saudi Arabia #728618

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 16, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) Evidence that Al Qaeda is directing terror attacks, including the recent bombings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, out of Iran featured; details given about intelligence that two of Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenants, Saif al-Adel†† and Mohammed al-Masri††, and one of bin Laden’s sons are using Iran as a base and about reports that Al Qaeda operative Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi††, blamed for the murder of an American diplomat in Jordan, is planning attacks against American troops in Iraq. A raid by American commandos on a village outside Baghdad where there was a tip that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his sons were spending the night noted.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Britain’s warning about a terrorist threat for seven countries in east Africa and a terror warning for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, noted.

(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Tom Fenton) Signs that the Saudi Arabian monarchy is taking the terrorist threats against their country seriously featured; details given about the assessment by American companies of the risk of continuing to do business there after the Riyadh bombings; scenes shown of Saudi special forces policing the streets of Riyadh. [Saudi BUSINESSMAN – says we need help to stop these acts.] [Control Risks Group Kevin ROSSER†- says it’s important for the Saudis to establish a credible investigation or there could be an exodus of expatriates.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) A press conference by Saudi foreign policy advisor Adel al-Jubeir to address Saudi Arabia’s new concentration against the terrorist threat noted. [JUBEIR – says we have felt the impact of suicide bombings and we will fight it.]

(White House: John Roberts) The White House hope that Saudi Arabia is finally dealing with Islamic militants discussed.

Rather, Dan;
Martin, David;
Fenton, Tom;
Roberts, John

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