NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 18, 2004
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(Baghdad: Brian Williams) The spring offensive along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border introduced.
(Islamabad, Pakistan: Jim Maceda) Report that Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri might be surrounded in the mountains of south Waziristan in Pakistan featured; scenes shown of Pakistani troops & burned vehicles; details given about Zawahiri's activities. [Military spokesman Maj.-Gen. Shaukat SULTAN- comments on the operation against the terrorists; states there is a "high-value target" in the area.] [Terrorism expert M.H. GOHEL- says catching Zawahiri would be a great achievement.] [Visiting Pakistan, Secretary of State Colin POWELL - thanks Pakistan.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) The significance of the capture of Zawahiri for the war on terrorism examined; scenes shown of terrorist events he has been linked to; details given of his role as the public voice of Al Qaeda. [EXPERT - says Zawahiri has shaped the battle against the West & has a close working relationship with Osama bin Laden.] [Second EXPERT - comments.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The absence of firm evidence that Zawahiri is there noted.