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Iran and Afghanistan / United States Rel. #58016

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 15, 1979
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(Studio) Message to Americans in Iran from embassy in Tehran, with regard to embassy inability to protect Americans there and evacuation to begin Saturday, noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(No location given) Conditions in Tehran, especially at United States embassy in wake of Wednesday's attack, reported [Embassy OFFICIAL - says fates of few Americans still uncertain, but most are safe.] Hotels said full of Americans trying to get out of cntry.; reports of burglarized hotel rooms noted. [Bell Helicopter mechanic Joseph PAYNE - describes conditions.) Mixed success of order that Iranians turn in weapons reported Expected evacuation plan for Saturday stated; reasons for delay mentioned. State Department remarks about evacuation cited.
REPORTER: John Martin narrates

(Studio) State Department correspondents noted to have reports on situations in Iran and in Afghanistan, where United States ambassador was murdered on Wednesday Is stated that there's no apparent direct link in incidents, but that common factor may be present.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Info. learned about United States plans to publicly confront USSR with evidence that Sovs. are involved in Iran given. Apparent Soviet opposition to success of Ayatollah Khomeini's government noted. Possibility that Secretary State Cyrus Vance will personally charge Sovs. with such action reported Outlook for effect of this move on Carter administration attempts to get Senator approval of expected Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II stated.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(DC) Report on classified cable describing events leading to death of US amb. Adolph Dubs in Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as information from official American eyewitnesses to kidnapping. Possibility that Dubs was killed not by kidnappers but by Afghan security forces under director of Soviet advisers stated. United States political officer's inability to get to Afghani operation command post to deliver cable from Secretary of State Cyrus Vance detailed.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Studio) Soviet news agency Tass' remarks about United States version of Dubs' killing quoted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Koppel, Ted;
Reynolds, Frank;
Martin, John

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