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Afghanistan, Pakistan / Al Qaeda #750748

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 19, 2004
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(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(Kabul, Afghanistan: Lara Logan) The battle between Pakistani soldiers & Al Qaeda fighters and their supporters in western Pakistan featured; scenes shown of fighting & wounded children; details given of the possibility that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri†† may be involved in the fighting. [Pakistani army spokesperson Maj. Gen. Shaukat SULTAN†- says they have underestimated the resistance.] [Afghan Foreign Ministry Omar SAMAD†- comments on the decision to send troops from Afghanistan to block escape routes.]

(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(Washington: Jim Stewart) Speculation about how the battle might affect the leadership of Al Qaeda and its ability to mount more terror attacks examined; details given about evidence that a network of Al Qaeda cells are working together in carrying out attacks, including the Madrid, Spain, train bombings; photo shown of Madrid bombing suspect Jamal Zougam†, who is also linked to the Casablanca, Morocco, bombing last year and to militant Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi††. [From “The Early Show,” National Security Advisor Condoleezza RICE – says Al Qaeda is more than one man.]

Roberts, John;
Logan, Lara;
Stewart, Jim

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