This program is 30 minutes long
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.
(Kabul, Afghanistan: Jim Clancy) The latest developments in the Afghanistan war reviewed; details given about the cave-to-cave search for Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden near Tora Bora and the search for Mullah Mohammed Omar in southern Afghanistan; map shown; scenes shown from inside the American Embassy in Kabul, which was vacated in 1989. The arrival of British and German peacekeeping troops discussed. Studio: Wolf Blitzer) More about the war on terror on “Live from Afghanistan with Nic Robertson” noted.
(Pentagon: Bob Franken) The questioning of Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners-of-war featured; details given about the detainment of five prisoners, including American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh; scenes shown of captives. [Deputy Defense Secretary Paul WOLFOWITZ@- says the first priority is getting information that will stop other terrorists; comments on the whereabouts of bin Laden.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD@- says the task still ahead of us.]
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) The discovery of more videotapes of bin Laden reported.
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Live discussion held with Senator John Edwards@, Crucible Security CEO Kelly McCann@ and Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney@ about the search for Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden and Mullah Mohammed Omar, and the assistance of the Pakistani government. [EDWARDS - states we are dependent on real-time intelligence; says Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders have blended back into the population; says the Pakistani army has been generally helpful in spite of past Taliban connections.] [GAFFNEY – notes the possibility that bin Laden could already be dead; comments on bin Laden’s ability to communicate; says the Taliban will try to regain power.] [McCANN - explains why bin Laden could have problems if he has escaped to Pakistan.]
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Live discussion continued with Senator John Edwards@, Crucible Security CEO Kelly McCann@ and Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney@ about the places where Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden could go and the threat posed by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein; Saddam’s statement about aggression on Palestinians quoted. [McCANN - says some individuals may have something to gain by protecting bin Laden; states bin Laden's ego will not let him stay out of sight; says Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s statement about a “coalition of one” sums up the US policy toward Iraq.] [EDWARDS - says no government would want to harbor bin Laden; says the Iraqi threat must be taken seriously.] [GAFFNEY - says there are governments who would give bin Laden safe harbor; says the Russian agenda is not lined up with that of the US; asks if the US can be serious about fighting in Iraq.]
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Interview with First Lady Laura Bush on “Larry King Live” previewed. [Laura BUSH - says President Bush is strong and disciplined; talks about Bush's response to firefighters at Ground Zero.]