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Terrorism / Missile Sting Operation #735323

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Studio: Brian Ross) A five-month international sting against the serious terrorist threat of shoulder-fired missiles reviewed; details given about the FBI arrest of a British man & the rounding up in Saudi Arabia of an Al Qaeda cell trading in missiles. [Former counterterrorism official Dick CLARKE†- says the modern missiles are hard to get; notes it is easy to smuggle missiles into Saudi Arabia across the Yemen border.] The British man's deal with Russians to buy a missile discussed.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(New York: Bob Woodruff) The missile threat examined; scenes shown of Chechen separatist rebels shooting down a Russian plane; details given about the Soviet SA-18 surface-to-air missile & how hard is to jam the missile system. [Representative John MICA - cites the sophistication of some of the new missiles.] [Jane's Defence Jim O'HALLORAN†- cites the threat from the Igla SAM missile.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Later coverage of another threat to airport security noted.

Gibson, Charles;
Ross, Brian;
Woodruff, Bob

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