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Iran #58244

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 28, 1979
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(Studio) Concern of United States officials about security of United States military and intelligence equipment in Iran since beginning of turmoil there noted. Pentagon and State Department insistence that weaponry, especially F-14 fighter, is safe reported New reason for concern with regard to Iran's past position as United States listening post stated.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Islamic guerrillas' capture of American listening post at Kabkhan, on Iran-USSR border, noted; several Americans reported taken prisoner. Recapturing of post by Iranian air force personnel detailed. Some secret equipment there said unaccounted for; United States officials' report that no American equipment has been compromised cited.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Shafy Air Base, Iran) Details given about American use of station at air base in Behshahr, near Caspian Sea, as secret spy post for some 20 years Evacuation of base after Iranian revolution began and fate of various kinds of equipment there reported This case given as example of situation at major United States listening posts, which West intelligence analysts say have been closed. Concerns about proximity of many posts to USSR border, equipment left behind there, cross-border traffic between Iran and USSR and laxity in Iranian border security due to revolution outlined.
REPORTER: James Walker

(Studio) Iranian Prime Min. Mehdi Bazargan's criticisms of committee of aides surrounding Ayatollah Khomeini, of opposition groups, and of opposition to attempts to rebuild armed forces quoted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank;
Walker, James

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