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Iran #58108

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 20, 1979
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(Studio) Update of Iran situation.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Executions of more gens. who served under Shah noted. Some of Shah's staff with him in Morocco reported to have gone back to Tehran by taking Shah's personal plane. Evacuation of more Americans stated. Report concerns plight of Marine sergeant Kenneth Kraus.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tehran, Iran) Kraus' wounding during attack on American embassy last week noted; his admission into hospital reported [Dr. Mostafa BIGDLI - describes Kraus' apparent fear that he'd be hurt in hospital and sergeant's claims that he didn't try to hurt any Iranian.] Kraus said taken from hospital before scheduled release by group of armed men. [US Army medic Sp/5 Bob POURPASAND - details events about incident.] Statements of officials at US embassy given; Kraus reported to be chgd. with killing Iranians who died in embassy attack. Embassy negotiations for sergeant's freedom cited.
REPORTER: Jack Smith

(Studio) United States officials' other statements about Kraus case given.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tehran, Iran) Army Major Bruce Wilson, sergeant Al DeHaan, S/sergeant Grady Tollar and Sp/5 Bob Pourpasand noted to be 4 of 11 men left to run Army hospital in Tehran. Their experiences with revolutionaries described and their reaction to changes in orders stated. [DeHAAN - reports changes in information with regard to their evacuation.] [TOLLAR - says they've been lied to and have no idea why they are here.] Men's limited supplies and funds stated. [WILSON - says ambassador told him of plans to negotiate with Bazargan government to keep hospital as permanent facility.] Lack of hospital supplies detailed. [DeHAAN - comments.] Ambassador William H. Sullivan said unavailable for comment. Feeling of some that these men are part of Sullivan's attempt to keep some American presence in Iran stated.
REPORTER: James Walker

(Studio) Khomeini's remarks with regard to leftists quoted. Pol. and economy problems being created by leftists outlined. Reopening of schools in Iran reported Film shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank;
Smith, Jack;
Walker, James

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