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Pakistan / Al Qaeda / Zawahiri #752519

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.

Williams, Brian;
Maceda, Jim;
Mitchell, Andrea

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