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Persian Gulf / US-Iran #320748

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 18, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) United States reported retaliating against Iranian mine damage to USS Samuel B. Roberts; area and United States attack illustration Scenes shown of damaged Iranian oil platforms; details given. [White House spokesperson Marlin FITZWATER - announces attack.] United States forces noted exchanging gunfire with Iranians at Strait of Hormuz; Pentagon spokesperson quoted with regard to attack. [Defense Secretary Frank CARLUCCI - comments on situation.] Iranian warship noted attacking formerly owned United States oil platform; details given, scenes shown. Iranian frigate noted then firing upon United States planes. Pentagon spokesperson quoted. with regard to US planes' retaliation. No United States casualties reported; Carlucci quoted with regard to missing US personnel. Report introduced.

(Persian Gulf: Mark Phillips) Scenes shown from flaming Mubarak oil field; details given. Iranian speedboats shown chasing firefighters away. [Voice of US-flagged S.S. Willi Tide SPOKESPERSON - says is departing from area.] [S.S. Willi Tide engineer Jens LOFFLATH - comments on attack.] Oil rig hit by Iranians noted owned and operated by foreigners. Shipping officials quoted with regard to Iranians owning part of attacked field. No. of Iranian casualties noted unknown.

(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan reported personally ordering last night's attacks. Report introduced.

(DC: Bill Plante) [REAGAN - comments on Iranian actions and their consequences.] Reagan reported meeting with Congress leaders and bipartisan support noted existing. [Senator Claiborne PELL - comments on situation.] [Senator Robert DOLE - praises Reagan.] [Senator Sam NUNN - praises Reagan.] Some Congress members noted calling on Reagan to invoke war powers act. [Senator Arlen SPECTER - urges invocation of act.] [Representative Dante FASCELL - comments on situation.] Reagan administration noted avoiding invocation of war powers act. [Vice President George BUSH - comments on situation.] Experts quoted with regard to Gulf tensions. [Johns Hopkins Univ. spokesperson Fouad AJAMI - comments on situation.] White House sources quoted with regard to Reagan's order.

(Studio: Dan Rather; DC: Bill Plante) Iran/Contra scandal discussed; Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini mentioned. United States noted not making further attacks unless provoked.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Eric Engberg) United States officials noted surprised by Iranian counterattack. [Defense Secretary Frank CARLUCCI - comments on Iranian reaction.] United States officials noted claiming Iranian mine damaged USS Samuel B. Roberts; details given, scenes shown. [CARLUCCI - comments on evidence re: mines.] Iranian counterattack noted militarily suicidal; experts noted asserting Khomeini attempting to destroy own navy because he distrusts its moderate officers [Mil. analyst Jim BLACKWELL - comments on situation.] No. of United States ships in Gulf given. [CARLUCCI - warns of United States action if Iran decides to attack again.] No. of Iranian casualties unknown.

(Studio: Dan Rather; DC: Eric Engberg) Source of Iranian weaponry discussed. US military officials' views of Iranian military strength noted.

Engberg, Eric;
Phillips, Mark;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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