NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 15, 1979
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(Studio) Ayatollah Khomeini's inability to control his revolutionaries noted. Attacks on Americans and other violence reported to continue United States embassy report of its inability to protect Americans in Iran and arrangements by American military to evacuate Americans stated.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Govt. charter of civilian airliners to take Americans from Iran noted done in hopes of keeping down Iranian reaction that military planes might have caused. [State Department spokesperson Hodding CARTER - comments on cooperation of Khomeini government] Reports of other sources that Khomeini government hasn't cooperated fully detailed. Pentagon's contingency plans in case all Americans can't get to departure pts. reported; planned use of C-5, C-141 and C-130 transport planes and copters and use of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) base at Incirlik, Turkey, for dispatch stated. Evacuees rptdly. would be sent to AFB's in Incirlik, Athens, Frankfort, Madrid and London after pickups in Tehran and possibly Isfahan. Defense Department film shown. Comments of Defense spokesperson Thomas Lambert cited.
REPORTER: Ford Rowan
(Tehran, Iran) Conditions for Americans in Tehran described. [Ken BROZ - comments.] [M.L. WALTNER - comments.] [Jo Ann DRISCOLL - comments.] Prime Min. Mehdi Bazargan's guarantee of safety for Americans en route to airport noted.
REPORTER: Rick Davis
(Studio) Unconfirmed reports of Shah loyalists fighting Khomeini forces in Tabriz given. Further evidence of situation for Americans in cntry., especially mil. advisers, stated. Audio tape recording from American Air Force adviser somewhere in Iran, given to AP, played. [OFR. - describes situation.) Film shown; message transcribed on screen. Report on potential internal conflict between Khomeini followers, Mojahadeen, and Communists, Fedayeen, who combined to fight Shah.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Tehran, Iran) Details about instruction in weaponry being given Mojahadeen and Fedayeen on Tehran Univ. campus by respective leaders given.
REPORTER: Jim Bittermann
(Studio) Shah's continued presence in Morocco noted. Is reported that Britain, France, Spain and Switzerland have told him they couldn't guarantee his safety if he came there.
REPORTER: David Brinkley