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Terrorism / Threats / Al Qaeda Audiotape / Saudi Arabia / Terrorism Arrests / Benjamin Interview #728960

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, May 21, 2003
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Atlanta: Nic Robertson) An audiotape message attributed to Al Qaeda's number two man Ayman†† al-Zawahiri† calling for attacks on Western interests reviewed; several tape excerpts translated. The audience for & aim of the al-Zawahiri tape discussed.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Riyadh: Sheila MacVicar) The scary story of the arrest at the airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, of three terrorists carrying documents indicating a possible airplane suicide hijacking reviewed.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Live in-studio interview with "The Age of Sacred Terror" author David Benjamin. [BENJAMIN - talks about al-Zawahiri's "classic" argument; outlines the role of the AL Qaeda tapes in keeping up the spark among the group & related groups; comments on the effort during President Clinton's terms to go after Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden††.]

Woodruff, Judy;
Robertson, Nic;
MacVicar, Sheila

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