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Iran Crisis #270128

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 25, 1980
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(Studio) Attempt by United States to rescue hostages in Iran reported failing; death of 8 Americans in process noted. Details of rescue operation examined; Defense Department films, maps shown. Helicopters noted leaving from USS Nimitz; rescue teams reported from Fort Bragg, North Carolina; details given. Cargo planes reported leaving from Egypt; Defense Department films shown, details given. [Israeli ham radio operator Michael GURDOS - comments on communications he monitored.] Defense Secretary Harold Brown's comparison of Iranian terrain with that of southwest United States and possibility that training occurred at 29 Palms Marine Base near Palm Springs, California, considered; termination of mission by President Carter noted. [BROWN - explains halt to rescue attempt, passing busload of Iranian civilians; comments on accident at departure.] Troops said apparently flying to military hospital in West Germany to treat wounded. [BROWN - implies future action.] Brown's assessment of risks involved outlined; Representative Robert Bauman quoted with regard to classified documents detailing the rescue operation being left behind on abandoned helicopter. Iran's exultation over incident noted; foreign minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh quoted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite Unsigned sketches

(Tehran, Iran) Ayatollah Khomeini's statement, exaggerating facts of situation, quoted in part on screen; his warning to President Carter noted. Communique issued by embassy terrorists threatening hostages' death reported Reaction to situation by Kenneth and Barbara Timm, parents of hostage, presently in Tehran outlined. [The TIMMs - comment.] Iranian officials reported declining comment on any United States attempt to retrieve bodies.
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell

(Studio) Special report on situation announced for tonight.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Tunnell, Doug

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