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Persian Gulf / US-Iran Rel. #105888

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 13, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) "Washington Post" report that United States commander in Persian Gulf wants more authority to take on Iranians patrol boats reported Pentagon rules of engagement limiting United States naval role outlined on screen. [Pentagon spokesperson Fred HOFFMAN - declines to discuss rules of engagement.] Opposition to Admiral Harold Bernsen's request for expanded United States role in Persian Gulf from Congress and European allies noted; file footage shown. Role of United States helicopters based near Farsi Island, Iran, possibility of United States air strikes against Bandar Abbas, Iran, if there were more incidents in Persian Gulf detailed. [Ex- commander of Middle East forces retired admiral Robert HANKS - says Bandar Abbas would be prime retaliatory attack site.] Risks of increase United States pressure on Iran mentioned.

Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob

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