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America's New War: Diplomatic and Military Developments

Aired September 28, 2001 - 11:40   ET

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


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
JOHN KING, CNN SR. WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: We have been tracking over the past hour, major developments on the diplomatic front and on the military deployment in the campaign against terrorism.

Now Let's bring in CNN justice correspondent Kelli Arena for the latest on the investigation.

KELLI ARENA, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: Hi, John. Well, the most compelling development in this investigation coming out of London this morning. An Algeria pilot arrested last week was in court this morning, where prosecutors allege he instructed the four pilots involved in the terrorist attacks here in the United States.

Lotfi Raissi is denying the charges. He remains in custody for one more week, and will face another hearing on October 5th. The prosecutor says there is video of Raissi and suspected hijacker Hani Hanjour, flying to Phoenix, Arizona. Hanjour is the man who is believed to have piloted the plane that crashed into the Pentagon.

Prosecutors say Raissi is wanted in the United States for allegedly providing false information in connection with his application for a pilot's license.

Now, here in the United States, as CNN reporter yesterday, Mohamed Atta, who is believed to be a key organizer among the 19 hijackers, left behind a five page hand written documents, a sort of rules of engagement type memo. Now, the document was found in Atta's luggage, which did not make it onto his flight. It provides a glimpse into what the terrorist may have been thinking in the final hours before the attack.

Law enforcement sources say that it contains missives such as: Strike your enemy above his neck. Other instructions which appeared in the "Washington Post" basically match an FBI translation, according to sources. They include: "Check all of your items, your bag, your clothes, knives, you will, your ID, your passport, all your papers. Make sure that nobody is following you. Continue to pray throughout this night. Continue to recite the Koran."

That information compliments the release of photos of the suspected hijackers, which gave Americans the first glimpse of what the FBI believes that they look like. John? KING: Kelli, the release of those photos, obviously the suspected hijackers died in the crashes. Why would the Justice Department want to put those photos out to the public? Looking for help?

WALLACE: Looking for help, looking for tips. Basically, now that the focus is on finding associates of those men, anybody who may have helped them financially or logistically, anyone that may have information. So they are hoping to spark someone's memory.

The names themselves sometimes don't allow any clues, but when somebody sees a face, that sometimes prompts even more tips.

John, they've gotten more than 100,000 tips from the public already, so hopefully this will generate even more, and perhaps some that are more credible.

KING: CNN justice correspondent, Kelli Arena. More than 100,000 tips, which means a lot of work for you to follow as well.

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