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Persian Gulf / US-Iran #320796

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 21, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Pentagon reported revealing planning and execution of US naval strike against Iran in Persian Gulf. President Reagan reported personally ordering strike against small Iranian gunboats even though they were not then attacking United States forces. Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci noted ordering Iranian warship be spared. Report introduced.

(DC: Eric Engberg) Iranian warship called Sabalan featured; details given, scenes shown. [Pentagon spokesperson Dan HOWARD - comments on ship's savagery.] Sabalan noted hiding between tankers so United States couldn't hit it. Defense Department photograph shown of Iranian ship being bombed. Iranian high command noted ordering Sabalan to attack and when United States planes asked permission to bomb Sabalan, Carlucci denied request. Carlucci and joint chiefs chairperson William Crowe reported consulting only once with White House during battle. NSC advisor Colin Powell reported going to Reagan and requesting permission to attack gunboats; Reagan's reply quoted on screen. [HOWARD - blames Iranian government for skirmish.] Crowe quoted with regard to killing people.

Engberg, Eric;
Rather, Dan

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