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Followers of Osama Bin Laden Said They Would Do Such An Attack

Aired September 11, 2001 - 14:34   ET

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JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: I want to bring in now our national security correspondence David Ensor.

You are looking at pictures, as I do this, from New York City in the moments following the worst of today's attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Lower Manhattan where you can see people running in sheer terror away from either one of the two airplane crashes into the top of the World Trade Center. Both towers, of which, collapsed later on to the utter horror of people watching both live and on television across the United States, and around the world, for that matter.

New York City, the subject of the worse terrorism ever to strike the United States. So, while we certainly mourn the loss here in Washington at the Pentagon, the airplane that crashed into the Pentagon, the other airplane that crashed near Pittsburgh, both of them commercial airliners with civilians onboard, the loss of life in New York City is utterly unbelievable.

And just picking up as we look at these pictures, picking up on what Nic Robertson was saying from Afghanistan, even as the leaders of the Taliban deny any role in this, an Arab based -- an Arab journalist based in London is quoted today to the "Associated Press" as saying that followers of Osama Bin Laden warned three weeks ago they were going to carry out this sort of an attack.

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THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: I want to bring in now our national security correspondence David Ensor.

You are looking at pictures, as I do this, from New York City in the moments following the worst of today's attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Lower Manhattan where you can see people running in sheer terror away from either one of the two airplane crashes into the top of the World Trade Center. Both towers, of which, collapsed later on to the utter horror of people watching both live and on television across the United States, and around the world, for that matter.

New York City, the subject of the worse terrorism ever to strike the United States. So, while we certainly mourn the loss here in Washington at the Pentagon, the airplane that crashed into the Pentagon, the other airplane that crashed near Pittsburgh, both of them commercial airliners with civilians onboard, the loss of life in New York City is utterly unbelievable.

And just picking up as we look at these pictures, picking up on what Nic Robertson was saying from Afghanistan, even as the leaders of the Taliban deny any role in this, an Arab based -- an Arab journalist based in London is quoted today to the "Associated Press" as saying that followers of Osama Bin Laden warned three weeks ago they were going to carry out this sort of an attack.

TO ORDER A VIDEO OF THIS TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE CALL 800-CNN-NEWS OR USE OUR SECURE ONLINE ORDER FORM LOCATED AT www.fdch.com

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