This program is 30 minutes long
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The incident in southern Afghanistan in which American and Afghan soldiers were hit by friendly fire recounted; details given about the misguided bomb dropped by a B-52; names released of the three dead Special Forces soldiers based in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD†- speculates on what went wrong.] [US Army Capt. PAUL†- describes being hit by friendly fire last week near Mazar-i-Sharif.] Minor injuries to Afghan leader Hamid Karzai†† in today’s blast noted.
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Claims that a son of Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden’s may have been killed in an air strike reported.
(Pakistani-Afghan Border: Nic Robertson) The continuing battle between Taliban forces and opposition troops around Kandahar Province featured; details given about the search for bin Laden and Al Qaeda fighters in the caves near Tora Bora reported. Refugees coming out of the Kandahar region discussed; scenes shown.
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) More about the war on terror on “Live from Afghanistan with Nic Robertson” noted.
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Live discussion held with Senator Chuck Hagel†, Crucible Security CEO Kelly McCann†, and retired US Air Force Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd† about the dangers of friendly fire. [SHEPPERD – comments on the US use of high-altitude air attacks; explains the damage from the bombs; comments on technology to mark locations of US troops.] [McCANN - explains the guidance system of the GBU-31 JDAM† bomb; describes battlefield control measures to prevent accidents.] [HAGEL - says servicemen know friendly fire is part of the risk; comments on the high rate of friendly fire incidents in Vietnam.]
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Live discussion continued with Senator Chuck Hagel†, Crucible Security CEO Kelly McCann†, and retired US Air Force Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd† about the manhunt for Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden in the caves around Tora Bora, Afghanistan; computer animation shown of a fortified cave network. [McCANN – cites the importance of eyewitness accounts in depicting the caves; explains the challenges of searching the caves.] [SHEPPERD – says flooding the caves with gas is not feasible.] [HAGEL - talks about using “tunnel rats” in the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam; says tunnels may be booby-trapped.]
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) President Bush’s rebuke of Palestinian Authority leader Yasir Arafat concerning the recent Middle East violence; a lawsuit from the ACLU and others demanding the release of the names of detainees held by Attorney General John Ashcroft in the September 11 terrorism investigation and the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour reported; scenes shown of the launch from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.