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Iran Developments / United States Embassy Attack #57999

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 14, 1979
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(Studio) Attack-on United States embassy in Tehran and kidnap/murder of United States ambassador in Afghanistan noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Contd. battles between supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini and opponents, esp. in Tabriz and Tehran, reported Leftist attack on United States embassy in Tehran, with ambassador William Sullivan and others being taken captive, stated; their rescue by Khomeini supporters mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tehran, Iran) Details `given about attack on United States embassy. Leftists' anti-American feelings noted intensified by President Carter's support of Shah. [US ambassador William SULLIVAN - describes experience.] [Embassy official Colonel Leland HOLLAND - describes damage.] [Embassy employee Jim COLENCO - comments on experience.] Attack reported to be evidence not only of anti-American feelings, but that revolutionary movement may be losing control; Khomeini's earlier request that all revolutionaries turn in weapons stated.
REPORTER: Jerry King

(Studio) Details about dead and wounded in embassy attack given. United States Marine wounded identification as sergeant Ken Kraus, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania. President Carter and Secretary State Cyrus Vance noted to be in Mexico and Defense Secretary Harold Brown in Israel. Carter's consideration of delaying trip to Mexico City and decision against it reported Film shown. Upcoming report outlined. Info being sent to Carter with regard to Iran cited.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) State Department reactions to day's events noted. [Spokesperson Hodding CARTER - comments on whereabouts of some United States diplomats in Iran and protection at embassy by Khomeini followers.] Embassy actions in recent days re: sensitive information and equipment at embassy described. [CARTER - comments on decisions with regard to departure of Americans from Iran.] Difficulty in getting out of country stated.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(DC) Pentagon plan-to evacuate Americans from Iran using C-141 and C-5 transports noted able to work only if Prime Mind Mehdi Bazargan can open and secure Tehran airport. Defense Department film shown. Turkish permission reported given for United States copters to move from Sicily to Incirlik, Turkey. Presence of United States ships in Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea as well as parts of 6th fleet, incl. nuclear carrier Nimitz, in Mediterranean stated. Defense Secretary Harold Brown's comments about situation given.
REPORTER: Bill Wordham

(Studio) Khomeini's difficulty in controlling revolutionaries that aren't his immediate followers, but those with other causes, detailed. Film shown. Problems facing Khomeini and Bazargan noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
King, Jerry;
Koppel, Ted;
Reynolds, Frank;
Wordham, Bill

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