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Web of Terror? #736071

NBC Evening News for Friday, Aug 22, 2003
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(Studio: Campbell Brown) Series of reports on the world’s terror groups introduced.

(Washington: Pete Williams) The question of whether terror groups are forming tighter bonds examined; details given about the influence of Al Qaeda’s anti-Western model, which is pursued by other groups. [Deputy Secretary of State Richard ARMITAGE††- comments on foreign fighters coming into Iraq.] [Former FBI counter-terrorism chief Steve POMERANTZ – says groups are acting independently.] [Terrorism expert Bruce HOFFMAN - comments on groups that are following Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s organizational vision.] [Terrorism expert Jessica STERN – says some Muslim clerics use religion to manipulate youth.]

(Studio: Campbell Brown) Report introduced.

(Jakarta: Ned Colt) A look at the terror network in Indonesia presented; details given about the Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiah and its leader Hambali, captured in Thailand last week. [American risk analyst Jim CASSELL‡- describes the bombing at the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta.] [International Crisis Group Sydney JONES - says there are still people with as much experience as Hambali.] [Terrorism expert M.J. GOHEL††- says we can expect more of these attacks.]

(Studio: Campbell Brown) Report introduced.

(Fort Riley, Kansas: Fred Francis) The concern about dwindling morale & effectiveness of US troops with a growing number of combat missions featured; details given of worries about decreased recruitment. [Military expert Charles PENA – says we are playing the world’s policemen.] [NBC military consultant Gen. Montgomery MEIGS††- questions the ability to handle missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia & Kosovo and still have reserves.] [US Army Capt. & wife John & Cassie SHAW‡- comment on John’s quitting the army.]

(Studio: Campbell Brown) More information on msnbc.com noted.

Brown, Campbell;
Williams, Pete;
Colt, Ned;
Francis, Fred

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