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Persian Gulf / Operation Martyrdom #111138

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 04, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Iran's Persian Gulf military exercises, Operation Martyrdom, planned before Mecca riot, noted given new impetus with regional tensions and aftermath of Saudi Arabia incident.

(Persian Gulf: Mike Lee) Operation Martyrdom featured; scenes from Iranian television shown. [Voice of Radio Tehran ANNOUNCER - claims victory over US; remarks transcribed on screen.] Impact on commercial shipping in region noted; United States naval fleet's proximity described. [Voice of British warship SPOKESPERSON - explains accompanying British-registered ship Australian Star through Strait of Hormuz.] Britain's refusal to help United States minesweeping efforts in area recalled. Status of mine-damaged tanker Bridgeton reported Navy's preparations for escorting Bridgeton through gulf mentioned.

Jennings, Peter;
Lee, Mike

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